The White House said Wednesday that anyone who questions the success of last week's deadly U.S.-led raid in Yemen "owes an apology" to the Navy SEAL who was killed there. [...]Spicer said that "anyone who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and [does] a disservice" to the life of Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in a firefight.... Spicer repeated his declaration that the Jan. 28 strike -- which also left an 8-year-old girl and an unknown number of other civilians dead -- was a "huge success."
After Spicer's chiding, McCain said his appraisal of the mission was not a criticism of the SEALs who took part -- and he cited a episode from his own past when he was a POW during the Vietnam War and American soldiers tried to rescue him and others from a prison."Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes," he said. "Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive."Mr. Spicer should know that story."