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From Trump;s address to Congress:
We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.
I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.” Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.
Ryan's window received a prolonged applause as she looked up to ceiling fighting back tears. It was a genuine moment for her, but somehow it felt to me that Trump was using her to put across his political message. And no, the raid was not highly successful, and no it did not generate large amounts of vital intelligence. I am sure the truth around the circumstances of this botched raid will eventually come out as much as Trump, the con man, tries to bury it.