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Marc Lee was the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in the Battle of Ramadi on August 2, 2006 and his mother, Debbie, is proving that toughness runs in families.

Debbie Lee published a scathing open letter to Gen. Martin Dempsey, the highest-ranking military adviser to President Obama, after he told the press “while there is a humanitarian crisis in Ramadi, the city itself is not symbolic in any way and is not central to the future of Iraq.”

“My son and many others gave their future in Ramadi. Ramadi mattered to them,” she wrote referring to the critical battle that military analysts say “broke the back” of the insurgency in the Anbar Province in 2006-2007.

Ramadi, the capital city of the Anbar Province, is located about 70 miles west of Baghdad and was the center of the insurgency when U.S. troops and members of the Iraqi Army launched an offensive to drive the Al-Queda-led forces out of the region.

The push was successful in reclaiming the city, but came at the cost of U.S. troop casualties and injured. After seven years, with the Obama administration’s move to withdraw U.S. troops, the city is now under siege by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) with over 100,000 Iraqis fleeing the oncoming terror group.

Debbie Lee’s letter notes not only the loss of U.S. life in defending the city and defeating Al-Queda, but those who “sacrificed their limbs and whose lives will never be the same. Who struggle with PTS/TBI who watched their teammates breathe their last or carried their wounded bodies.”

The irate mother says she went to Ramadi to visit the camp named after her son in 2007 and brought soil back “from where Marc breathed his last.” She invited the general to “meet with me and with the families who have lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, aunt, uncle or teammate.”

Lee also quoted Iraqi General Anwer who told her that the Iraqi people “will tell their children, our grandchildren what Americans have done. There is American blood poured out on our soil.”

She sums up by comparing that response to the administration’s effort to “minimize that Ramadi could fall and that it is now falling… it seems the Iraqis understand the importance more than you do, sir. You WILL NOT (Lee’s capitals) minimize the sacrifice my son Marc Lee made or any of our brave warriors.”

Lee’s words are stark and brutal, but never cross the line as she repeatedly refers to all the U.S. killed and wounded, rather than only her son.

The letter is signed, “Awaiting an Apology, Debbie Lee.”

To date, the General has not responded.

 

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