“Ramadi Matters!” Mother of solider killed in Ramadi writes a powerful letter to Obama administration



While the Middle East is being over run by ISIS, Obama is battling climate change, and the parents of our men and women in uniform are furious. This weekend ISIS conquered the city of Ramadi, a place where Debbie Lee’s son, Marc Alan Lee, died trying to protect in 2006. The Obama Administration’s reaction was sickening. They brushed it of as a “set back”.

“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced” Obama said.

When warnings of this attack were coming, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey tried to downplay the city’s strategic significance. He said during a press conference that the fall of Ramadi would not be “symbolic in any way.” He added, “I would much rather that Ramadi not fall, but it won’t be the end of the campaign should it fall.”

Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee

After hearing those words, Debbie Lee had enough. She wrote a letter to the Obama administration that read,

I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi.

“The city itself is not symbolic in any way”? Oh, really? Are you willing to meet with me and with the families who have lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, aunt, uncle, grandson, or teammate?

My son Marc Lee was the first Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in Ramadi Iraq Aug 2, 2006. His blood is still in that soil and forever will be. Remember that was when so many of our loved ones were taken from us. You said that “it’s not been declared part of the caliphate on one hand or central to the future of Iraq.” My son and many others gave their future in Ramadi. Ramadi mattered to them. Many military analysts say that as goes Ramadi so goes Iraq…

You sir owe an apology to the families whose loved ones blood was shed in Ramadi. Ramadi matters to us and is very symbolic to us. You need to apologize to our troops whose bodies were blown to pieces from IEDs and bullet holes leaving parts and pieces behind, Ramadi matters to them…

You and this administration have minimized that Ramadi could fall, now you are minimizing that it is falling, but you Sir WILL NOT minimize the sacrifice my son Marc Lee made or any of our brave warriors!

She signed the letter, “Awaiting an apology.”

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General Dempsy did respond with what Debbie Lee called a “soft” apology, but she was grateful he acknowledged her. In the apology letter Dempsy wrote,

“We are in a different fight now, with a different enemy, and with a different relationship with the Government of Iraq. They must determine the path and pace of this fight.”

General Dempsy is correct, we are definitely in a different fight with a different enemy, a much more dangerous enemy. But leaving it up to others to determine the path and pace of this fight isn’t working. America has been on a seven year “setback” with this administration, and we need a leader who will take this fight seriously.


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