There are very few things that piss me off more than someone capitalizing on battlefield gallantry for political gain and this Clinton ad hit my tilt override. So here’s what I’d like to say to Mr. Khizr Khan.
Mr. Khan, I’ve spent 12 years in military service. In that 12 year period I’ve had the opportunity to interact with a great many officers. Your son’s gallantry was exemplary; it honors him and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army. However, that gallantry was his and not yours to hijack for political gain. I can assure you that as God has him in heaven, he is deeply disappointed with you.
Your speech at the DNC was geared to intentionally distort Mr. Trump’s comments, as awkward as they were, and suggests that Donald Trump’s comments were geared to discriminate against all Muslims. The reality is that most of the industrialized world, Muslim countries included, are at peril from Radical Islamic Terrorism. If you are honest enough to accept that precept, then it should make sense that as a country we exercise extreme caution when admitting individuals from areas of the world that expose the country to higher risks. That caution benefits you, all Muslims Americans, as well as other members of our society.
Now, I know that you like waving your copy of the Constitution and positioning yourself as an experts but you neglected some very important points.
First, there is no Constitutional requirement that any religious or ethnic group be admitted into the country.
Second, as Commander In Chief, it places an immense burden on the office holder to uphold the laws of the land, provide for national security and protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. This mandate means that if law enforcement and intelligence sources identify specific groups as presenting a higher risk to national security, then a President is required to act accordingly.
So, please stop using your son to your benefit or someone else’s political gain. The best way to honor your son’s gallantry and bravery is for you to conduct yourself accordingly.