Mother of Fallen Navy SEAL Sent This Scathing Letter to Obama’s Top General

April 18, 2015 9:00 pmViews: 406

Gold Star mom Debbie Lee


It is hard enough to lose a son or daughter on the field of battle, but when the work of that son or daughter is indirectly dismissed by Obama's top General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, it is even a more poignant reminder that war is brutal in more ways than one.

Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee, who's son, Navy SEAL Marc Lee, was the first SEAL killed in Ramadi, was offend by General Dempsey when he flippantly dismissed the recent fall of Ramadi to the Islamic state as “not symbolic in any way.” So she wrote a letter to Gen Dempsey and it was picked up by The Blaze website and they contacted Dempsey for a response.

In Debbie's letter to Dempsey she opened with this:

"I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi.

“The city itself is not symbolic in any way” oh really are you willing to meet with me and with the families who have lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, aunt, uncle, grandson, or teammate?"

Since then, the letter has gone viral and is causing quite a stir amongst some Congressional leaders, those that fought so valiantly in both Iraq and Afghanistan and those that support our troops. But as of yet, Dempsey has failed to give a response.

Read more below from The Blaze:

Early Friday morning, gold star mother Debbie Lee penned an emotional open letter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Lee was upset and offended by comments made by Dempsey at a press conference the day before, when the general was asked if there were sufficient coalition resources to keep the Iraqi city of Ramadi from falling into the hands of the Islamic State.

In his response, Dempsey referred to Ramadi as a “humanitarian problem” but also said it is “not symbolic in any way.”

“It’s not been declared, you know, part of the caliphate on one hand or central to the future of Iraq,” Dempsey said. “We’d much rather Ramadi not fall, but it won’t be the end of a campaign should it fall.”

The city of Ramadi may not be “symbolic” to Dempsey, but it is to Debbie Lee.

On August 2, 2006, her son, Navy SEAL Marc Lee, was killed in Ramadi. He was the first SEAL killed in Iraq, and since that day, Lee has dedicated her life to supporting the troops and keeping the memory of her son alive through her foundation, America’s Mighty Warriors.

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