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Fed-Up SEAL Gets Sick of McCain’s Disrespect, Teaches Him Lesson on Live TV

Shortly after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, a special operations raid first planned under the Obama administration was launched against an al-Qaeda base in Yemen to gather intelligence that unfortunately resulted a number of civilians being killed, the loss of an American military aircraft and the death of a Navy SEAL named Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

Though the mission was touted as being largely a success despite the losses, Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain instead decried the mission as a “failure,” earning a sharp rebuke from both Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer, among others.

According to Mediaite, one of those others was former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie, who in an appearance Thursday on CNN debated with a conscientious objector and anti-Trump veteran named Brian Perry. Higbie maintained that the operation was ultimately a success and those who questioned it for political reasons were being dishonorable and owed the Owens family an apology.

“I think John McCain does owe an apology to the Owens family,” Higbie stated. “I think it was dishonorable of him, too… He called it an unsuccessful mission because of a plane crash? This is a guy who crashed an enormous amount of planes during training. Look, these things happen, and it’s not an unsuccessful mission just simply because John McCain doesn’t like Trump.”



(“American Sniper” Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, had a similar reaction to McCain’s criticism of the raid. During a Fox News interview last week, she also said McCain owed the Owens family an apology.)

As BizPac Review reported, it didn’t take long before Higbie’s swipe at McCain drew return fire via social media from one of the senator’s most ardent supporters, namely his daughter, Meghan McCain, who excoriated Higbie in a series of tweets.

“It is BIZARRE to watch a navy seal @CarlHigbie to say my father’s service was dishonorable. BIZARRE. I am on Earth freaking 2,” McCain tweeted.

She followed that up with another tweet pointing out that Trump had never served, while recounting the permanent injuries her father suffered during his stint as a POW during the Vietnam War, followed by another incensed tweet about her father’s honor and service record being questioned.

The Independent Journal Review reported that Higbie eventually engaged with Meghan McCain on social media and sparked off a veritable tweet war as the two hurled several messages back and forth at each other. The crux of it, though, turned out to be Meghan McCain agreeing with Higbie against her own father’s point.

Higbie tweeted, “@MeghanMcCain it’s dishonorable to call a mission a failure because someone died. It’s unfortunate but the mission can still be a success.”

McCain replied, “.@CarlHigbie you said his record was bad because he crashed planes. I take great offense at what you said about his service.”

That prompted Higbie to respond, “@MeghanMcCain I respect your father service but not his politics.”

“.@CarlHigbie please say that on television next time after you question his record for crashing a plane before being taken into a POW camp,” McCain shot back.

It was a snappy answer, but it really just made Higbie’s argument. What Higbie was saying was that the loss of the aircraft in Yemen did not automatically mean the mission was a failure, as John McCain had implied.

In her understandable zeal to defend her father, Meghan McCain was saying the same thing: That the loss of her father’s aircraft in the Vietnam War did not make his career a failure either (indeed, it’s one of the most honorable in American military history).

In short, aircraft are lost in wars, that doesn’t mean the mission is a failure.

Hibgie didn’t gloat on McCain’s answer, though, just offered a proposal that seemed to end the feud abruptly when he retorted: “@MeghanMcCain have your father show my president the same respect and I’ll come on your show to apologize publicly… deal?”

To be sure, Sen. McCain deserves his country’s respect for his sacrifice and service in the military, but that said, his status as a hero doesn’t wholly preclude him from any sort of criticism over his service or actions either in the military or the Senate, and especially not in regard to comments of a political nature.

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