My obligatory response is one of shared grief over anyone in our military who gives his life in service to our country. I am deeply sorry for Mr and Mrs Khan's loss of their son.
But this little episode is unwinding rapidly. and, while I know not a lot of us now/still love "W", the enthusiasm with which the searing blowtorch of truth is applied to the asses of these propped-up political show pieces is reminiscent of the days of your when John "F**king" Kerry's campaign was was sliced, diced, filleted, and fricasseed by the right's nascent internet skills.
Scads of links abound (here, here, here, and here) that variously show Mr Khan being used as I described above, nothing more than agitprop, a friend of the Clintoon campaign and trotted out as a rejoinder to Trump's RNC presentaton of the grieving Benghazi mother (whom Hilliary called a liar).
Below is the best, most respectful discussion of this sad political drama for your enjoyment. It is from The free republic and I am doing my part to make it go viral.
OPEN LETTER TO KHIZR KHAN
July 31, 2016
Dear Mr. Khan,
For the past few days I have been subjected to an unrelenting, full court press from the media portraying you as a sympathetic, grief-stricken father compelled to speak out against Donald Trump.
The speech you gave at the DNC runs around six minutes. Throughout the first 2 ½ minutes you describe yourself as a patriotic American Muslim with undivided loyalty to your country. You point out that you are blessed to have been able to raise your three sons in a nation where they are free to be themselves and follow their dreams.
You then talk about your son Humayun who was killed in action in 2004, his dreams of becoming a military lawyer, and how he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers.
Beyond that point your speech sounded more like an indictment than a testimonial. An indictment that invites a response. I know I speak for millions of Americans who, like me are tired of watching Hillary Clinton and others use emotionally-charged issues to manipulate voters.
Your speech was a series of false allegations and misinformation. I’ve broken down your speech as follows:
“If it was up to Donald Trump, he (Humayun) never would have been in America.”
Here you charge that Donald Trump has proposed government policies that would have prevented you and your family from coming to America or serving in the armed forces. Mr. Khan, you know that is not the case. This is clearly an attempt to misconstrue Donald Trump’s stated position in regard to immigration and refugees and portray him in a negative light.
“Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.”
This is another misrepresentation of the facts. Donald Trump has called for strong action to address Radical Islamic Terrorism and prevent ISIS from infiltrating the refugee flow to enter our country. He has never made a single disparaging remark toward Muslims. Quite to the contrary, Mr. Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he has the highest regard for Muslims and has many Muslim friends and employees.
He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership.
Apparently if someone disagrees with a person, you feel they disrespect that person. By that standard the case could be made that you disrespect Donald Trump. That being the case, your charges against him would reflect bias. Not something that you, as a lawyer, would want to bring into a court of law.
He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.
For decades our Congress has promised to build a wall to secure our southern border and stem the tide of illegal immigration. Donald Trump has vowed to do precisely that. I am unclear what you mean when you say “ban us from this country”. A wall on the southern border would only ban those who come into this country illegally. Donald Trump has said countless times that he wants immigrants to come into this country, but only if they come in legally. Something you should appreciate as a legal immigrant to the United States.
Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.
You are quick to condemn Donald Trump but seem to have total confidence in Hillary Clinton as a Presidential candidate. Have you ever read Clinton Cash or Crisis of Character? I will gladly lend you my copy(s). I guarantee you will find them both to be eye opening experiences.
In this document look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.
You might review the report issued recently by FBI Director Jim Comey on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Per Director Comey, she lied to Congress repeatedly, destroyed 30,000 emails, and was grossly negligent in handling top secret government information. Under equal protection of law, Hillary Clinton would not be running for President of the United States, she would be serving 20 years in prison.
Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery. Go and look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.
This statement is nothing short of slanderous. Donald Trump has shown himself to be a friend to our Veterans and military and has championed their cause donating time, effort, and money to improve their benefits. He has also pledged to strengthen our military and provide for our veterans. Obama and Hillary have both neglected our Veterans and pushed for the sequester reducing our military forces to their lowest levels since WWII.
Just a thought, Mr. Khan, perhaps you should go and look at the graves of Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and Glen Doherty, the four Americans Hillary abandoned in Benghazi, the four Americans Hillary left to die.
You have sacrificed nothing and no one.
Mr. Khan, I think I find this statement to be most troubling of all. Donald Trump is a man who by all accounts has it all. He is educated, successful, wealthy, charismatic, intelligent, and famous. He could easily step away from this election and let the country founder. But his love of country and family are so strong that he chose to combat a corrupt system of government, a system under which your candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have thrived and prospered for over 30 years.
Donald Trump is on the front lines of this political war, fighting to restore honor, decency, and accountability to a broken system. In doing so he has changed the way he and his entire family will live, not just for now but for the rest of their lives. He has taken on the establishment, both the politically elite and the media, by himself. Throughout this campaign he has walked tall, refused to compromise his principles, and fought against the ruling class on behalf of the American people. And for his trouble he receives nothing but scorn from nearly everyone in the establishment. He has sacrificed his personal life, time with his family including his 10-year-old son, Barron, and his reputation as a businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He’s devoted himself full-time to this campaign and is using his own money, over $50 million dollars, money he’s taking from his children and grandchildren to try and save this country.
Hillary is the one who has sacrificed nothing. She’s become a millionaire by selling out the U.S., she sucks in cash from Wall Street, Lobbyists, foreign governments, and anyone else willing to pony up for influence. Not only does all this dirty money fund her campaign, it pads her personal bank account. The Clinton’s net worth is up to $200 million, that from “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001.
But living off other people’s money isn’t new to the Clintons, they’ve been on the public dole for most of their adult lives. Neither has worked in the private sector creating jobs or building businesses. Quite to the contrary. Hillary likes to brag about destroying jobs for coal miners, or acquiescing to the demands of the Teachers Unions instead of putting the needs of students first. For them power and legacy are all that matters.
We cannot solve our problems by building walls toward division. We are stronger together.
Platitudes sound nice but are meaningless in a world filled with chaos.
And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our President.
Hillary Clinton wants to expand upon Barrack Obama’s failed domestic policies and globalist push. They are more concerned with the rest of the world who are lining their pockets than Americans. In fact, Americans are last on their list of priorities.
In conclusion I ask every patriot American, all Muslim immigrants, and all immigrants to not take this election lightly.
This is a historic election and I request to honor the sacrifice of my son and on election day take the time to get out and vote. And vote for the healer, vote for the strongest, most qualified candidate, Hillary Clinton, not the divider.
Mr. Kahn, with all due respect, I must say that having watched your speech it is very hard for me to understand why you would exploit your son’s death and heroism for political capital. There are no facts to back up your charges against Donald Trump, just innuendo. You levy one outrageous charge after another asserting that you are trying to spare the nation the painful experience of electing the wrong person in November. Your speech was approximately six minutes in length. Of that time, you devoted 2:30 speaking of your love of country, family and your courageous son, and the rest of the time attacking Donald Trump and proselytizing for Hillary Clinton.
In a subsequent interview with CNN you assert terrorism has “nothing to do with Islam”. Tell that to the families of the victims of the massacre at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino. Tell that to the families of the victims of the massacre at the Pulse Night Club in Florida. Tell that to the parishioners of Rev. Francois Murad, an 86-year-old Catholic priest who was beheaded by ISIS during a Mass at a Normandy church. Tell that to the tens of thousands of nameless, faceless victims from all faiths, genders, and ethnicities who have suffered at the hands of Islamic terrorists carrying out indescribable atrocities in the name of Jihad.
Your son gave his life to save his fellow soldiers. He died at the hands of jihadists who impose sharia law upon the masses, a radical ideology that oppresses women, sanctions the murder of homosexuals, and calls for death to anyone who insults their prophet or opposes their religion. He died fighting for freedom, his fellow man, and his country. Who and what are you fighting for?