Rep. Zinke: The Taliban killed Sgt. McClintock but the Obama White House failed to rescue him

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 2:34 AM

Former Navy SEAL Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) contributed the following oped after learning about this week’s special "Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military." It airs Friday at tenth p.

Rep. Zinke: The Taliban killed Sgt. McClintock but the Obama White House failed to rescue him

Editor’s note/Programming Alert: anchored by Bret Baier. Former Navy SEAL Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) contributed the following oped after learning about this week’s special "Fox News Reporting: Rising Threats - Shrinking Military." It airs Friday at tenth p. m. And it reairs Sat. at first am, ET, Saturday at eighth p. m., eleven p. m., and Sun at third a. m. ET, nine p. m. and midnight ET.

On January five, two thousand sixteen, America lost an elite Special Forces soldier when the White House turned their back on him and his unit. Army Green Beret Sgt First Class Matthew McClintock lost his life, and two others were wounded, when his unit came below Taliban fire in a compound in Marjah, Afghanistan. After the unit was pinned down by foe combatants, reports declare the ground commander requested support from a circling AC-130 gunship.

Due to the Obama administration’s fear of collateral damage, the gunship was initially waived off. The “quick” reaction force (QRF) was also delayed by hours. Although one of his fellow soldiers was able to hold him lively through the night, by the time the QRF and Medevac arrived about twelve hours later, it was too late. SFC McClintock died in the helicopter. The Taliban may have killed SFC McClintock, but the White House failed to save him.

It’s unthinkable that situations love this – where our troops are left defenseless and told not to return fire – happen at all. Even more disturbing, below this administration, these situations are the new reality. Rules of engagement matter. For SFC McClintock, it could've made the disagreement between life and death.

For the past several years, the White House has been forcing our troops to fight a war with their hands tied behind their backs. Troops are told they must've certainty that an individual is a combatant -- apparently a known Taliban fighter pointing a weapon at them does not qualify.

Our pilots are told to keep their fire until the U. S. gains permission from foreign governments to strike; and even the president’s two thousand fifteen Authorization for Utilize of Military Force (AUMF) was a list of options he'd not consider, rather than a path to victory.

Overly restrictive rules of engagement keep our troops in danger and authorize our foe to cover in plain sight.

I served twenty-three years as a U. S. Navy SEAL. I commanded some of the finest teams on the face of the planet and led 3.500 operators as the acting Commander of Joint Special Forces in Iraq. Portion of the reason we were able to safe Fallujah, Ramadi and other areas is because our troops had the right rules of engagement.

We've seen a level of armchair quarterbacking from this administration that's unprecedented and has led to needless loss of life in Marjah and Benghazi. Micromanagement by the White House will have lasting impacts on our fighting force if it's not reversed quickly.

I’m number longer in the military, but I’m on the front lines in Congress. I’ve continually pressed for Congressional hearings into what happened in Marjah. I’ve grilled senior DoD executive on the impact overly-restrictive rules of engagement can have on the battlefield. This is my new mission.

We owe it to our military men and women, people love SFC McClintock, to modify course and create sure our troops have the right tools, resources, force package, and rules of engagement to win -- and win decisively -- on the field of battle. It’s the minimum we can do.

Congressman Ryan Zinke represents the State of Montana. Zinke is a decorated Navy SEAL veteran, who was first assigned to SEAL Team One in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth and later moved up the ranks and served as the Ground Force Commander at SEAL Team Six. Recognized for his leadership, Zinke was appointed acting Commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula where he led a force of over 3.500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq. Zinke retired from active duty after twenty-three years as a SEAL, and in two thousand-fourteenth was elected as the first SEAL in the House of Representatives.

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