On January 28th, only a week after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, a small team of Navy SEALs raided a high value target located in Yemen. The mission was costly to both sides, with Chief Petty Officer William Owens killed in action, in addition to three more SEALs wounded in the fight. Fourteen militants were killed on the raid, along with reports of dozens of civilian non-combatants being killed during the course of the mission.
White House Spokesman Sean Spicer introduced a curious new logic into the analysis of American military action in his most recent press conference. If a service member is killed in action, Spicer appears to believe it ceases to be legitimate for anyone to question the value or success of that action.
On Feb. 3, U.S. Central Command removed footage that it supposedly secured from its high-profile raid in Yemen on Jan. 29. The video was online from only 11:23 a.m. to 1:21 p.m., an employee at the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System told Task & Purpose. Buzzfeed alleged that the video was titled “Courses for Destroying The Cross,” and that it has been circulating since 2007.