Modern War Heroes Weigh in on Islamic State

Two Medal of Honor recipients and a prominent ex-Navy SEAL are using social media to push for a tougher anti-terror stance.

By Tom Sileo Published on February 19, 2015

Two of America’s recent Medal of Honor recipients and the former Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden are taking to Facebook and Twitter to advocate for a tougher stance against the Islamic State terrorist organization, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Kyle Carpenter

Wounded ex-U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who received the nation’s highest military honor for diving on a grenade to save a fellow Marine’s life in Afghanistan, had this to say about the ongoing debate over how to label the Islamic State.

Dakota Meyer

Former U.S. Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who received the Medal of Honor for his many heroic actions during a chaotic firefight in Afghanistan, reacted with stinging sarcasm to controversial comments by State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, which included “we cannot win this war by killing them” and her apparent belief that “lack of opportunity for jobs” is a root cause of terrorism. 

Robert O’Neill

Robert O’Neill, a U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six veteran who says he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden, also weighed in on Twitter.

Thanks to social media, our nation’s war heroes have a more prominent voice in society than ever before. To me, that seems like a very good thing.


Tom Sileo is a Senior Editor of The Stream. He is co-author of Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended their Ultimate Sacrifice.

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