Before BENGHAZI, There was EXTORTION 17.... August 06, 2011, 2:20 a.m.-Operation Lefty Grove is underway, a highly dangerous mission to take out another high-level Taliban operative, three months after the death of Osama Bin Laden. In the dark of night, twenty-five US Special Ops Forces and a five-man flight crew on board Extortion 17, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Seven unidentified Afghan Commandos are allowed to join them. Ground forces have already been engaged in a three-hour exhaustive battle. Extortion 17's specially trained warriors drop into the Hot Landing Zone to help their fellow warriors. But there's a problem: the standard chopper escorts have all been directed elsewhere. Mission directions are unclear. Worse, pre-assault fire to cover the Chinook transporting our brave fighting men is not ordered. On that fateful night, Extortion 17 would never touch down.
Taliban fighters fired three rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in rapid succession. The first RPG shot below the Chinook, but the second made contact in what the military would later describe as a "one-in-a-million shot." The shot struck a rotor blade on the aft (rear) pylon, shearing off ten and a half feet of the blade. The third shot flew above the falling chopper. Within a matter of seconds, the chopper begins to spin violently out of control and then drops vertically into a dry creek bed and is engulfed in a large fireball.
There are no survivors.
The thirty brave Americans lost that night were more than just warriors. They were husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons. Billy Vaughn's son, Aaron Carson Vaughn, was one of them. Over the next few months as unsettling information on the tragic incident is released to the families, Billy Vaughn becomes increasingly disturbed. Billy discovers that US military forces are not being led to win battles, but have been sent on a fool's errand to "win the hearts and minds" of other nations. He is told that the US Rules of Engagement have prevented our brave defenders from defending themselves.
Adding insult to injury, Billy learned that a Muslim Imam was invited by our own US military leaders to "pray" over his son's dead body. As US war heroes lay in their caskets before their last flight home, the Imam damned America's fallen warriors as "infidels" who would burn in hell. As US military leaders observed the ceremony at Bagram Air Base, the Imam boasted over the deaths of US heroes with words such as, "The companions of heaven [Muslims] are the winners."
Betrayed is a heart rending account in America's history, an engaging story of faith, patriotism, honor, duty and loss. Betrayed is not just the biography of an American military family, it is a crucial, true-life narrative that every American must read and understand about their government and the danger America's military strategy currently poses to all families.
Betrayed is a book Billy Vaughn wishes he didn't have to write. But his son is gone and there are still unanswered questions. He needs to know if finding the truth may prevent another father from standing in his shoes.
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This book brings to light the recent changes to the military Rules of Engagement and other procedures that are making it almost impossible for our soldiers deployed in hostile countries to safeguard their own lives, the lives of their fellow soldiers, or even to carry out the missions they were deployed for in the first place. This is a true story told by the father of a Navy Seal in Afghanistan, part of a Seal Team Six unit who was shot down under extremely suspicious circumstances near the Tangi River Valley. And how the families of these Seals have still never gotten answers from the U.S. Military to explain the many mysteries surrounding this event. I believe that every American owes it to our brave men and women risking their lives to protect our freedoms and our liberties to know what they're up against, and exactly what our government is doing to protect them and enable them to do their jobs. Betrayed is a real eye-opener, and a must-read for those of us who care about our men and women in uniform.
After reading 'Fearless', 'American Sniper', and 'Lone Survivor', this book really puts some pieces together in understandable down to earth commentary. If you care about gaining as much knowledge and perspective on how difficult a position we (the current Administration of our government) put our military personnel in to wage and win war - read this book. Billy Vaughn's research and questioning for the truth reveals some very real flaws in how political the ROE policy has become. Americans should care about why this book was written and published - because it reflects on us all should we continue to allow the ROE policy to be managed by the non-military put in charge of playing judge and jury. If you love your country, read this book and draw your own conclusions.
This book was released oct 27th 2013 . At amazon it is available for the kindel. Why is this book not available yetfor nook? Come Bn let's get this one on nook....Please