In 2011, Billy and Karen Vaughn lost their only son when he was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Now the couple are demanding President Obama resign in a sensational letter published by the World Tribune.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Vaughns are Outraged at Obama’s Lack of Leadership
Throughout the letter, the Vaughn’s lambast President Obama’s lack of leadership over the death of journalist James Foley and the growing threat of ISIS. The couple further criticized Obama’s playing golf after holding a press conference on the James Foley execution video.
2. Michelle Obama Also Comes Under Fire in the Statement
The letter goes on to ask Obama to resign to “allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history..” The president isn’t the only target, the first lady also comes under fire from the Vaughn’s in the statement.
Here’s the letter in full:
After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.
My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.
Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look the other way.
That is, unless you are the leader of the Free World.
As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.
Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.
Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated. You’ve demolished our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title “President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3 million others have sacrificed their very lives.
But this should come as no surprise, since your wife uttered a vile statement on Feb. 18, 2008, during the primary campaign — one that speaks volumes of your true convictions. “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country,” she said.
I am sure my deceased son thanks you for that, Mrs. Obama. Oh, and you’re welcome.
Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.
Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.
You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks — including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75 percent of American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action have occurred on your watch, according to icasualties.org.
And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.
You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.
America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.
3. Karen Vaughn Is Pro-Gun & Pro-Biker
On her Facebook page, Karen Vaghn labels herself a “Gold Star Mother.” She lists her job as “Senior Military Families Advisor at Concerned Veterans for America.” Her page is covered by images of her son as well as anti-Obama propaganda. She’s also supportive of “Bikers for America”, “Sarah Palin” and pro-gun causes. On the page she says she lives in Union City, Tennessee.
4. The Vaughns are Doing Plenty of Media Interviews to Further Their Cause
Great to visit Karen Vaughn today in Washington, DC. Both, she and her husband, Billy, are true patriots. http://t.co/etiKikCvwu
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) December 3, 2013
The couple have been doing many media interviews including one with the Daily Mail where Billy Vaughn said, “I’d like to see him have some passion about anything going on in the world instead of just speaking in a monotone voice like he has a script that has been made up.” Back in 2012, during an appearance on Fox News, the Vaughn’s stated how disappointed they were that the identities of SEAL Team 6 had been made public.
5. Aaron Vaughn Died in Afghanistan in August 2011
Aaron Vaughn was killed in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. Three months after the bin Laden raid. Vaughn, along 30 other service members, lost their lives when their helicopter was shot down. His family set up a website in honor of Aaron Vaughn, they wrote on it:
He was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including the Joint Service Achievement Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Service) Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Expeditionary) Medal, and numerous other personal and unit decoration. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.
The bio goes on to talk about their son’s personal life:
Aaron gave his life to Christ at a very young age and because of that, he had a discernment that was uncharacteristic of a young boy, including a keen ability to see this world in black and white. He was never afraid to recognize or call out evil. By the time he was eight years old, he began telling anyone who would listen, “One day I’m going to be a Navy SEAL.” He overcame unimaginable odds to achieve that dream.
Growing up on a small farm in West Tennessee, he loved fishing, hunting, football, 4-wheeling, mudding, and later, after moving to Florida, surfing. But most of all…he loved his God, his family, and his country. Aaron never took for granted the fact that he had been blessed enough to have been born in the United States of America; land of the free.