A highly decorated retired Air Force Captain is breaking her silence about the deadliest attack on Navy SEALS in U.S. history back in 2011. AF Captain Joni Marquez is claiming Obama and his administration covered up what happened. America lost 38 warriors in Afghanistan when a Chinook helicopter crashed and killed 38 fighters. Capt. Marquez blames Obama for changing the rules of engagement and protecting Muslim terrorists, instead of our own American soldiers. If it weren’t for those rules being changed, Capt. Marquez believes those 38 soldiers would be alive today.
To give you a full appreciation for the absolute atrocity and borderline treason that went down that fateful day on August 6, 2011 at the hands of Barack Hussein Obama, Retired Air Force Capt. Joni Marquez is telling her story first hand. She and her crew were working the dark morning hours on their AC-130 gunship when they were summoned to conduct a mission she describes “as almost like a 9-1-1 type of a situation.”
The gunship was ordered to fly close-in air support above Afghanistan’s dangerous Tangi Valley, in Wardak Province, assisting troops with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment who were being fired on by eight heavily armed Taliban insurgents.
The Rangers had called in for assault helicopters to engage the enemy hiding among the rocky valley. The air weapons team fired on the Taliban fighters, but not all of the insurgents were killed as originally believed.
In her first interview since the incident, Marquez recounts what she witnessed that night as she was the fire control officer aboard the ship. Her job that night was to ensure the sensors on the weapons were aligned so that her crew could hone in on the terrorists’ targets:
“I had the sensor operators immediately shift to the eight insurgents the helicopters had taken out,” Marquez told Circa. “Two were still alive.”
But what should’ve been a routine mission to take out the terrorists never happened because Obama’s generals would not give the gunship permission to fire. She relayed the scene to the ground force commander but was denied permission to neutralize the threat.
“We had seen two of them (insurgents) moving, crawling away from the area, as to not really make a whole lot of scene. You have two enemy forces that are still alive,” she said. “Permission to engage.”
Marquez went on to say that the ground commander’s refusal to not allow her crew to take out the two terrorists with their weapons would then seal the fate of those involved in Extortion 17.
Now with no way to take out the threat, Marquez and her team were left with little options other than tracking the two enemy insurgents with the surveillance equipment. She watched helplessly as they made their way through an open field, then to a village where they began to rally more terrorists to join the fight. Circa went on:
Meanwhile, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with the call sign Extortion 17, was called into the hours-long firefight.
U.S. Central Command’s official investigation concluded that a rocket-launched grenade from a Taliban fighter hit the Chinook and sent the helicopter into a downward spin. The crash killed all 38, including thirty Americans and eight Afghans. Seventeen of the U.S. servicemen were Navy SEALs. Months before, SEALs were made famous for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately,” Marquez said. She believes with her whole heart that had her team been given permission to take out the terrorists, 38 warriors would still be alive today.
“They continued to essentially gain more and more force behind them because they just kept knocking on doors,” she said. “And the two personnel that initially fled ended up becoming a group of 12 people.”
What’s even more insane is that pleas and warnings from her crew to return the Chinook back to base and cancel the mission before the terrorists began firing just fell on deaf ears by the commanders.
“Whenever we reached out to the Joint Operations Center, they would essentially just push back with, ‘Find a, a good infill location. Find a good helicopter landing zone,’” said Marquez, adding that by the time Extortion 17 was coming in, everything was mired in confusion.
From there, things just got even worse. The Chinook was eventually shot down by the terrorists and crashed to the ground. Marquez watched from her infrared monitor as one of the Navy SEALS was then ejected from the burning Chinook helicopter. She watched his heat signature fade from red to blue, knowing that she was watching as his life literally slipped away from his body.
“We had to sit and watch that, and I think that was one of the hardest things that I had to do,” she said. “That man was, you know, dying on the ground,” Marquez says the pain of living with what happened has taken its toll and she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is in therapy.
Her account of that fateful day has been corroborated by the Defense Department inspector general in a previously sealed top-secret report. Her own commander also has verified the story has true.
“If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately. I mean, it’s just one of those things where you know that it could’ve all been prevented,” she said, tearing up at times as she recollected that night.
Thirty-eight of our warriors are dead and there is one single person to blame, and that is Barack Hussein Obama, the treasonous POS who sent these warriors straight to their deaths that night. It was because of HIS asinine updates to our military’s rules of engagement back in 2009 that essentially gave precedence to the lives of Muslim terrorists over our own military forces.
“Ridiculous rules of engagement that basically state that you can’t shoot until being shot upon. A weapon has to be pointed, and essentially fired at you, in order for you to shoot and you have the proper clearance so that you don’t, you know, go to jail, that you’re charged with a war crime,” said Marquez, who had reached out to Congress, and some of the victims’ families.
“I won’t rest until some kind of justice is served, in a manner of either, you know, the people that were responsible for that night, for making those calls, come forward and are honest about it,” Marquez said. “I know that’s kind of a lofty goal but, if that’s something that doesn’t happen, then obviously the ROE’s to change, for them to be realistic.”
The rules of engagement under Obama were too strict. They put a burden on our U.S. troops and their hands were tied under fire from the Taliban. What should have ended in an easy fight, ended in 38 soldiers lives being lost in a bureaucratic nightmare. Obama is no longer the commander of our troops, but the same rules of engagement are still in place.
Anyone who is a great leader, knows the basic principles of hiring – surround yourself by great people, then get out of their way and let them do their jobs. President Trump seems to be doing just that. He’s letting the military commanders who are in the field “do their jobs”.
President Trump on Thursday called the recent high-profile military actions overseas proof that he’s fulfilling his promise to let defense leaders act decisively without interference from politicians.
“What I do is I authorize my military,” in response to a press question about the use of a massive bomb in an assault on Islamic State group positions in Afghanistan. “We have the greatest military in the world, and they’ve done the job, as usual. We have given them total authorization, and that’s what they’re doing.
“Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately. If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what has happened over the last eight years, you’ll see there is a tremendous difference.”
During Trump’s presidential campaign, he repeatedly stated he would review the rules of engagement of our troops and not micro-mangage.
War is ugly. Innocent people die. President Trump wants to limit the number of civilian casualties, but when you are fighting terrorists like ISIS who use women, children, schools and even hospitals as human shields, it’s hard to win a war against them, without innocent people dying, knowing that these radical terrorists have total disrespect for the lives of innocent people.
When it comes to the rules of engagement, Capt. Joni Marquez is right, U.S. soldiers fighting for their lives against Islamic radical terrorists need to know they will not be charged with a war crime, just for defending their life or the lives of others in American uniform in the war on terrorism. President Trump needs to follow through and change the rules of engagement.
Back in December, the Trump team requested a list of restrictions, limitations and other “rules of engagement” on U.S. troops operating overseas, according to an NPR report. That included rules on how close U.S. special operators can get to the fight in Iraq and Syria and who they can target on the battlefield and how.
A U.S. soldier shouldn’t need a lawyer before he shoots a radical terrorist or any member of the Taliban to say “it’s ok for them to kill” them.
When Obama took away the U.S. soldier’s right to attack the jihadists BEFORE being attacked, he placed the lives of those who were killed on that CH-47 Chinook in his hands alone. Those 30 American soldiers on the Chinook helicopter – Extortion 17, died because of Obama and HIS rules of engagement. Period. It’s time for government to get out of the way and let the military and soldiers do their jobs – win the war on terrorism.
Of course, as we all know, if Obama or Clinton were involved, there’s probably more there than meets the eye. Just ask Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents of Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn. They are still looking for answers. Was there a coverup and did Rep. Jason Chaffetz know about it? Was Chaffetz’s announcement that he was not running for reelection due to this tragedy? Did he know more information and cover it up too, like Obama? Was the downing of the Chinook and the death of 38 soldiers planned as a “payback” for the death of Osama bin Laden?
Clarity? Not so, especially where Obama is involved! Why were Afghans onboard? Who “vetted” these Afghans? Why did it look like the Taliban was tipped off, because most likely they were?
H/T Proud Patriots:
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