The parents of a Marine who was slain by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan eight years ago are mortified that their son’s former comrade has been charged with murder for eliminating the Afghani terrorist suspected of making the very bomb that killed the Marine.
“I think that’s crazy,” David Kleinschmidt, the stepfather of deceased Marine Sgt. Jeremy R. McQueary, said Saturday to the New York Post. “I don’t understand why they are bringing this up again.”
Learn more about McQueary in the video below:
After a roadside bomb killed Kleinschmidt’s 27-year-old stepson and another Marine, Lance Cpl. Larry M. Johnson, 19, at an Afghani bazaar in 2010, a Green Beret in the same unit as them tracked down the Taliban member suspected of building the bomb and brought him in for an interrogation.
Thanks to the draconian rules of engagement implemented by then-President Barack Obama, however, once-decorated Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn was forced to release the suspect.
“There are limits on how long you can hold guys,” he revealed five years later in a 2016 interview with Fox News host Brett Baier, before admitting that he then tracked down the suspect again.
Except for this time he wasn’t interested in just talking.
“Did you kill the Taliban bomb maker?” Baier asked him in 2016.
“Yes,” Golsteyn replied.
After an initial investigation held immediately after the 2010 killing, a military tribunal removed him from the Special Forces and took back his Silver Star but refrained from filing charges.
But because of Golsteyn’s admission to Baier six years later, the military reopened the investigation and then just last week charged him with murder.
“Major Matthew Golsteyn’s immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the referral of charges against him,” a spokesperson for U.S. Army Special Operations Command announced in a statement late last week. “Major Golsteyn is being charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.”
Kleinschmidt finds this charge appalling.
“We were in a war — and things happen in war,” he said, adding, “personally, I think they should just drop [the charges] … I’m glad the guy is dead. I’m glad he found the guy,” he added. “I’m glad the guy’s dead because I don’t think he should have been in society.”
McQueary mother, Deborah Kleinschmidt, appears to agree.
“Our rules that we have to follow are not the rules that the Taliban follows, so why punish our guy for something that the enemy is doing to us?” she noted.
Learn more about the charges Golsteyn faces in the video below:
Prior to his removal from the Special Forces, he reportedly earned a Silver Star for actions he took while leading a Special Forces team that came under heavy enemy fire.
“I’m here right now because of that interview,” an exasperated Golsteyn said last week to NBC News, referencing his 2016 interview with Fox. “I did the interview because I wanted to do some advocacy, not talk about my case or what happened in Afghanistan.”
Yet he did talk about what happened in Afghanistan — and in such stark detail that the military is now confident he “assassinated” the unnamed bomb maker.
“They quoted me as saying that me and someone else with me took a detainee to his home and assassinated him,” he complained to NBC. “The problem is I never said that.”
“It was a complete lie,” he continued, adding that he’s done nothing wrong: “I have had commanders look me in the face and tell me I have done nothing wrong.”
An untold number of social media users agree:
The US Army is charging Special Forces Major Matthew Golsteyn with PREMEDITATED MURDER.
Golsteyn had shot & killed a Talibani bomb maker who himself blew up two American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Golstyen is now facing charges up to the DEATH PENALTY for his actions. pic.twitter.com/qNY5bVZPtT
— Christus Patriot (@ChristusPatriot) December 14, 2018
MAJ Golsteyn should be getting a medal instead of being shafted by his own government. What the hell is wrong with this country?
— Allen E. Rizzi ?????? (@allen_rizzi) December 15, 2018
Something is wrong when Green Beret Major Matthew Golsteyn is charged by the US Army who reopened his case with Murder for killing a Taliban Member that had killed 2 of our Marines in 2010
This is OUTRAGEOUS !!!!!
— Jacquie (@JssocialJacquie) December 14, 2018
This is infuriating. God bless you Major Golsteyn….. Those of us that respect, and are truly grateful for your service, know you did nothing wrong.
— J Collins (@JCollins1456) December 14, 2018
@SECARMY Is the Army serious this disgraceful as to continue to go after Maj. Golsteyn?! What is wrong with leadership today. Just shameful!
— Brandon Sweeney (@R4M2012) December 9, 2016
Disgusting – This is WAR HERO…
Former decorated Green Beret, after years of investigations, charged in death of suspected Taliban bomb makerhttps://t.co/VxjpjMGSyQ
former decorated Green Beret, after years of investigations, charged in death of suspected Taliban bomb maker
— LaRien7 (@Rien7La) December 15, 2018
The hosts of “Fox & Friends” appear to agree as well.
“People forget we are at war. First of all, it’s war. Just think about that. These guys are making decisions sometimes in the moment, they'[re following their gut. Their job is to protect this country and to protect themselves and their men and women,” co-host Jedediah Bila noted Saturday.
Some on social media have suggested that President Donald Trump should intervene and pardon Golsteyn. That would only be possible if the former Green Beret were first convicted.
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