Nearly a month after the tragic death of one of America’s greatest war heroes, it has become apparent that President Obama and the White House will do nothing to honor – or even mention – the late U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Kyle.
Many, including Sarah Palin, have called on Obama to say something about Kyle, who was slain by a disturbed fellow veteran February 2. But there has not been a word – not even a written statement by Obama or White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who gets the task of honoring those who are deemed not quite worthy of an utterance from the president.
Kyle is one of the greatest servicemen or women to fight in second Iraq War. He is the most lethal sniper in U.S. history, having personally sent to their maker at least 160 enemy combatants, and possibly dozens more. He served four tours and was shot twice, won two Silver Star Medals and Five Bronze Star Medals, and was was involved in six IED attacks. At one point, the Iraqi insurgents, who had dubbed him “The Devil of Ramadi,” put an $80,000 bounty on his head.
It’s possible that Obama – who has shown reticence to use military power, made a political point of his efforts to end wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and who prefers a more anti-septic form of warfare involving drones – was uncomfortable honoring a man who puts the enemy in his sights and kills them directly.
Kyle also may have made the mistake – in view of the White House – of saying Obama himself did not make the call to take out Osama Bin Laden, and that Bin Laden’s death changed little.
Given Kyle’s heroism and the notoriety and tragedy surrounding his death, it is surprising he has not gotten a mention from the Commander in Chief.
Others who would seem not more heroic than Kyle have received statements from Obama expressing grief upon their passing, including author Ray Bradbury, singer Donna Summer, business tycoon Steve Jobs, Eunice Kennedy, Dick Clark, Richard Chavez – the brother of Cesar Chavez – Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, Wilma Mankiller – first Cherokee Nation female chief - King George Tupou V of Tonga, basketball coach John Wooden, Chicago Bishop Arthur Brazier, and Kam Kuwata, a former Obama poltical aide.