Posted: 03/01/17 06:36
by Dave Mindeman
Everybody was moved by the tribute to Ryan Owens in the Donald Trump speech last night. Carryn Owens was the face of courage, the face of grief, the face of tribute.
Nothing can change the fact that Ryan Owens was a hero. He did his duty without question and gave his life in pure service to his country.
But that also does not change the fact that Donald Trump used her grief, used his sacrifice, and used their courage to hide. Hide the fact that Trump was careless about a military operation. That he has taken no responsibility for actions that only he can authorize. He blames the past administration. He blames the generals. He, frankly, blames the military for the death of Ryan Owens.
Everyone but himself.
We probably will never know if this mission achieved its core objectives. It is already in dispute.
And frankly, for Ryan and Carryn Owens, the reasons and logistics of a military operation doesn't matter one iota. Ryan did his job with the courage and precision that we all have come to believe in, when it comes to our men and women in uniform.
Ryan and Carryn deserved that tribute. They deserved the recognition. It just came from a very flawed messenger.... who will not learn from his actions and will refuse to accept any criticism.
The picture of Carryn looking upward was moving beyond words. It was a moment for her to grieve. A moment to honor her husband.
And that is what we should focus on - because that is what matters.