I’ve written at length about Ryan Zinke’s shameless, hypocritical willingness to dishonestly criticize the Obama Administration for outing Navy SEAL Team Six, but somehow former Commander Zinke has upped the ante, suggesting, along with Fox News, that the Obama Administration caused Navy SEALS to die.
From the Fox story:
Shepard Smith: The parents say the Administration made their son a target by outing his unit as the one behind that operation.
Catherine Herridge: Billy and Karen Vaughn say that their son Aaron was filled with anger and uncharacteristic fear after Vice President Joe Biden revealed just two days after the raid that the Navy SEALS were behind it.
Karen Vaughn: “I can tell you one thing, SEAL Team 6 didn’t want to be identified,” she said. “Those men don’t need a pat on the back, they don’t work for that … everyone [Aaron] talked to [was] very angry.”
Zinke’s front group is promoting a conspiracy theory centered around the idea that exposing Navy SEALS threatened the lives of those responsible for the raid, even though Zinke himself outed the Navy SEAL Team Six a full day before anyone else did, presumably only to call attention to himself for political purposes.
The timeline is indisputable. A full day before Vice President Biden made his far less specific remarks, Mr. Zinke, who had firsthand knowledge of the unit, ran to local press to not only name SEAL Team Six, but to provide operational details about the raid.
If Zinke truly believes that Vice President Biden threatened the lives of American servicemen, doesn’t he owe their families and the nation an apology for his selfish, irresponsible self-promotion?
Don’t the media, who publish Zinke’s factually and morally challenged claims have an obligation to report this hypocrisy?
It would appear not.