While the mainstream media is fixated on Donald Trump’s comments towards the Gold Star Khan family who were guests at the Democratic National Convention, another Gold Star family is speaking out against President Barack Obama. Billy and Karen Vaughn, the parents of deceased Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, have been vocal critics of Obama, claiming he did not respect their wishes, nor the wishes of other grieving families of the SEAL Team VI servicemen who were killed on July 25, 2011.
On that date, 30 American soldiers, many of whom were SEAls who took part in the assassination of Osama bin Laden, were killed when their helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. The Vaughns contend the rules of engagement enacted by the Obama administration forbade other helicopters from taking out the enemy for fear of inflicting civilian casualties.
Karen Vaughn, a guest on CNN’s Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield, was asked to speak on Trump’s comments toward the Khan family. Vaughn said although Ghazala Khan had a right to be offended, “words don’t mean to me as much as actions.”
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Drawing a contrast between Trump’s words versus Obama’s actions, Vaughn said, “When my son was killed, he was killed in the largest loss of life in the history of Naval Special Warfare, and we had 30 families at Dover Air Base waiting for our sons’ bodies to be returned from Afghanistan.”
In 2012, the Obama administration ignored the requests of the Vaughns and the other 30 grieving families who did not want media or cameras present at the casket ceremony.
“Families unanimously asked Barack Obama to not bring any media, to not make this a media event, that he was welcome to be with us but no media,” Vaughn explained. “And you know, he showed up with cameras, and the next day our pictures or his picture saluting the caskets of our boys was plastered over every outlet in America.”
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She continued, “I’m just saying if you’re going to just be outraged that one person says something that could be construed as a flippant remark without a lot of thought put behind it — you know, what about the outrage over things people do? What about the actions of Hillary Clinton still today insinuating that those grieving parents who say she said one thing must be mistaken?”
“Actions mean a lot more to me than words. That’s just kind of the angle I come from on it,” she concluded.
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