I encourage you to please check out the video at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/04/charles-keating-iv-navy-seal-isis-battle-video and tell me how that is not combat!!
I realize that not everyone who reads this site has been to combat, but to be honest you don’t need to in order to recognize what is happening in the video as pure, unadulterated combat.
For the current Administration to call this anything but active combat is a blatant lie. As noted at http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/10/23/an_american_soldier_dies_fighting_isis_but_we_won_t_call_it_combat.html
President Obama, who, as he often notes, was elected to end wars not start them, often demonstrates a lawyerly penchant for semantics when it comes to the word “combat.”
and even though that was from October, this is still the case
Despite the classification by Carter that the casualty was in fact a combat death, the White House is still refusing classify the role of U.S. troops in Iraq as combat.
I am not sure what the qualifications are for being a Presidential Press Secretary is, but I would imagine it would include staring into cameras and people’s eyes and lying.
May God comfort the family, friends and fellow Seals of Mr. Charles Keating IV, for he has made the ultimate sacrifice that our country will forever be indebbted to.