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Mom of First SEAL Killed in Iraq: Fall of Ramadi Like 'Betrayal'

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 06:44 PM

Debbie Lee, the mother of Marc Lee, the first Navy SEAL to die in Iraq, tells Newsmax TV that the fall of Ramadi left her feeling "sucker-punched."

"I felt like it was betrayal," Lee said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime." Her son lost his life fighting in Ramadi nine years ago.

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Islamic State (ISIS) forces captured the key Iraqi city on Sunday, and Lee, founder of America's Mighty Warriors, blamed the fall on a lack of strategy from the United States.

American troops are the best-trained in the world and could easily go in and take the city back, she told host J.D. Hayworth.

"But for some reason, they don't want to do that," she said of the Obama administration.

"They don't want to have those strategies. It feels like they don't want to be successful over there, and it's unconscionable."

Many other Americans besides her son have given their lives or have been left physically or emotionally wounded in the region, she said, and their sacrifice demands action.

"If they continue to make their push, ISIS wants to go in and take Baghdad," she said.

"They have the momentum right now to go in there and do that. What happens when we lose Iraq? What happens then to that whole Middle Eastern area when Iraq's controlled by ISIS?"

Lee was critical of statements from the White House downplaying the loss of Ramadi, including when Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday said, "Are we going to light our hair on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL?"

"Their comments are so ridiculous and so insensitive," Lee said.

Marc Lee wrote a letter two-and-a-half weeks before he was killed in which he said Iraq would eventually be able to stand on its own two feet, though it would take longer than most thought.

"I was there in 2007. Went back in 2010. I saw the difference we made," she said. "I saw that success that Marc talked about in that letter."

If President Barack Obama had left a stabilizing force behind, the black flag of ISIS would not now be flying over Ramadi, she said.

The troops who served there and the families of those who died are heartbroken to see it now in the hands of ISIS, she said. And she said it doesn’t help to hear the administration call it a success.

"They better get their eyes checked," she said.

Lee wrote an open letter to Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey in April after he said that if Ramadi did fall it was "not symbolic in any way." Dempsey apologized for his choice of words, and Lee told Newsmax that Dempsey spoke to her on the phone the same week.

Dempsey told her that Iraq is now a different war with a different enemy, she said.

"I said, 'Sir, I disagree with you, … but it is the same enemy. It's been given a different name, their tactics may be a little different, but this is that same fight. This is that same enemy, and we need to be strong as a nation.'"

Obama has gone on an "apology tour" to dignitaries in foreign countries, but he owes an apology to the families of those who fought and died in Iraq, she said.

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Debbie Lee, the mother of Marc Lee, the first Navy SEAL to die in Iraq, tells Newsmax TV that the fall of Ramadi left her feeling "sucker-punched."
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