What message are we sending to our American soldiers and our allies, and how important is our trustworthiness on the world scene? The family of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who is serving a 33-year term in a Pakistan prison after providing information that lead to the death of Osama Bin-Laden, says America has done little to help him. A portion of a 357-page Abbottobad Commission Report has been given exclusively to Fox News and calls for Dr. Afridi to be given a new trial. My question, and a question that should be asked by every American and our allies, is how did this man ever end up in a Pakistan prison? The United States offered an award to anyone who would lead to the capture of Bin-Laden, and according to news reports in 2008, Afridi joined the CIA to assist in locating Bin-Laden. Information provided by Dr. Afridi led to the discovery and death of Bin-laden in Abbottobad, Pakistan in 2011.
A Hollywood couple, health care executive Robert Lorsch and his actress wife Kira Reed Lorsch, began a campaign to free Dr. Afridi (www.freeafridi.com.) They hope this sends a message to the White House addressing the plight of Dr Afridi and his family, as well as considering it a moral dilemma to leave him in a Pakistan prison will little to nothing being done by the U.S. Government. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA introduced a resolution earlier this year recognizing Dr.Afridi as an American hero and called for his immediate release or the cancellation of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan. So where is Obama and his Administration on this issue? Silent, as usual.
Calls requesting help and back up from our people in Benghazi, and the fact that those calls went unanswered, sends another powerful message to not only our military but our allies world wide. The message that is ringing loud and clear is: “You have no guarantee that if you serve or if you assist America we will come to your aid.” Every service man in the United States military will tell you one of the first things he was told upon joining the military, “You can rest assured, we will never leave you, we will always come after you. You will be surprised at what we can and will do to get to you.” However, this did not happen for our people in Benghazi, and their families and Americans are still waiting to hear our government tell the truth about the decisions that Obama and his Administration made the night of Sept. 11, 2012. We have done nothing to aid Dr. Afridi, who is now suffering unconscionable and inhumane conditions in a Pakistan prison. And let us not forget the Navy Seals that were lost on August 6, 2011. In the words of one our Seal’s parents, “The downing of Extortion 17 was at best unnecessary and at worst a negligent, reckless loss of life.”
It seems the only people who are considered a friend to America by this Administration are the radical Islamists. We continue to send billions in aid along with aircraft, tanks, and other weapons to the radicals who wish to see the flag of Islam fly over the White House. The Obama Administration is sending a strong message that serving this Country and being a friend to America means nothing. We need our military morale to be high, and we need our friends and allies globally to know they can take us at our word. Our Military members and the Dr. Afridis of our world need to believe and know that America is with them. We must continue to call out this Administration and not allow them to destroy our integrity within our own military and throughout the world.