Disgraceful: Pelosi blocks names of 13 service members murdered in Afghanistan from being read (op-ed)


WASHINGTON, DC – This article started out as a news story designed to tell the disturbing details of how Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats blocked the reading of the names of 13 service members killed in Afghanistan from being read on the House floor, but a news story could not tell the whole story.

News stories are objective and offer both sides of a story, but such an article is not possible in this case. The Speaker of The House in the United States of America blocked Republicans from reading the names of fallen U.S. military heroes on the House floor. Let that sink in.

More than 30 House Republicans met on the House floor on Tuesday for a moment of silence in honor of the fallen service members.

As the moment ended, Republicans tried to be recognized on the floor to read the names and discuss pending legislation, but the chairman gaveled out without recognizing the members.

As the chairman gaveled, one Republican member shouted:

“How can you not read the names?”

Another shouted:

“Turn your back on our country.”

The story gets worse.

Congressman Carols A. Gimenez (R-FL) sent out a tweet Monday asking how badly Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats want to cover up the Biden “debacle” in Afghanistan:

“How badly do Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats want to cover up this Afghanistan debacle?

“They just blocked Members of Congress from reading the names of the service members who sacrificed their lives in Afghanistan last week.

“Don’t you think our military deserves better?”

It is unfathomable that any true American would want to prevent honor from being bestowed on the service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan last week while trying to control the chaos that came from a failed Biden withdrawal plan, yet the person within two heartbeats from the Presidency did just that.

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) told the Floridian:

“We gaveled in, had a prayer, said the Pledge of Allegiance, took a moment of silence with pretty much all Republican veterans, then asked to be recognized to read names and bring up Afghanistan legislation.

They did not acknowledge us,  and just closed the House down.”

Rep. Mast, himself a war hero who lost both legs in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan, has earned his right to be recognized on the House floor, especially for such a noble and respectful purpose.

Nancy Pelosi never saw a battlefield, never had to carry scars of war. How dare she allow a war hero to be blocked from recognizing other war heroes in any venue, especially the “People’s House.”

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Adding to the revolting scene that played out on the House floor is the fact that the moment of silence for the brave heroes was a Republican moment of silence.

The United States has collapsed to a point that fallen U.S. military members and murdered law enforcement officers have become partisan tragedies.

The President and his Democratic administration moved forward with a disastrous withdrawal plan in Afghanistan, resulting in the needless deaths of hundreds, including our service members.

Now they seek to hide or ignore the price paid for that failure.

Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-GA) told Law Enforcement Today that enough is enough:

“I’ve seen Nancy Pelosi do a lot of horrible things in my short eight months as a freshman member of Congress, but this is the lowest of lows.

“Nancy Pelosi can’t get any lower (than) not opening the House to honor the 13 military members needlessly killed by Joe Biden’s foolish decisions as commander in chief.

“We should Vacate the Chair and we must impeach Joe Biden!”

Yet another combat veteran, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) expressed disgust at where the United States finds itself:

“House Democrats just refused to recognize Republican veterans on the House Floor to read the names of our fallen service members in Afghanistan. That’s how far our nation has fallen.”

As unimaginable as the scene that unfolded in the House Tuesday may be, it does not compare to the knowledge that America has left American citizens behind in Afghanistan.

In addition to honoring the service members, Republicans hoped to bring to the floor a bill to demand answers of President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and answer what the plan was to get every American out of the country.

The Afghanistan Accountability Bill includes a request for a plan from the administration on how they will bring the remaining estimated more than 100 Americans in Afghanistan home, an accounting of all the equipment left behind, and transparency on any deals or agreements made by the Biden administration with the Taliban.

Imagine. The United States of America needs a law to be enacted telling the President to bring home Americans from a war zone. The old American motto, “We leave no man or woman behind” is no longer true. That is how far the United States has fallen.

The last American troops departed Afghanistan last night, minutes before the deadline set by President Biden. After the withdrawal of American troops was completed, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that American citizens were left behind:

“Americans and other individuals that want to be able to leave Afghanistan after our withdrawal is complete, the State Department is going to continue to work across many different levers to facilitate that. We do not anticipate a military role in that.”

Those left behind face incredible danger as the Taliban solidifies their hold on the country. One U.S. volunteer who escaped the country told Defense One:

“If we don’t find a way to recover American citizens and SIVs (special immigrant visa holders), they will die. In the last ten days we’ve coached a woman to give birth in literal dirt, an American citizen in a wheelchair was beaten, young girls shot in the face with gas, which resulted in extreme burns, and men and sons hunted and killed.

“We have all hands on deck making asks to the White House, State Department, CIA, the Hill, ODNI, Centcom, SOCOM, JSOC, J3, and others. We are being told ‘no one can help.’”

Law Enforcement Today honors these fallen heroes – 11 Marines, one soldier, and one sailor:

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Utah
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.
    Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, Lawrence, Mass.
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, Ind.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio




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