Update – My letter was written on Friday, July 17, 2015. At that time, it was reported that in addition to the four Marines who had been killed, a policeman had been injured and a member of the U.S. Navy had been shot and was in surgery. There was little information about their condition at the time. I assumed from the tone of the reports that both would survive. On July 18th, 2015, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith succumbed to his injuries. His death is yet another that can be added to the lengthy (and growing) list of American citizens ambushed and killed by Islamic fundamentalists.
An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
July 17, 2015
Dear Mr Secretary,
Four United States Marines are dead. Sergeant Carson Holmquist, Sergeant David Wyatt, Lance Corporal Skip Wells and Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan were killed on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Soon thereafter, you issued a statement indicating that our Marines were lost in “a senseless act of violence.”
Let me clarify the issue for you. This act was not “senseless.” It was purposeful. It was an act of jihad undertaken in the name of Islam. The attack was carried out in accordance with fundamental Islamic ideology. It’s an ideology specifically oriented toward creating terror in order to dominate and ultimately defeat the infidel.
Infidel. That means you, Sir. Unfortunately, that also means me, my children and the rest of the population who do not ascribe to the same ideology. Hence, my objection to your prevarication with regard to this matter.
As the current Secretary of Defense, you know this. I can’t imagine that this is a new concept for you. Therefore, I implore you to stop with the obvuscating, mealy-mouthed labeling of an obvious, Islamic inspired terrorist attack as “a senseless act of violence.”
Perhaps you’ve mistaken us for imbeciles. Your refusal to properly and clearly define what led to the deaths of those Marines, changes nothing except to make you look pathetically weak and to shred your credibility in the eyes of the public.
I implore you; halt with the politi-speak. Grasp your dignity around you, stand up and say it like it is. You, Sir, owe it to me, my children, the rest of the American citizens and most of all to the memory of those four Marines.