Boots on the Ground: Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton

Killed on Thanksgiving

161125-N-N0101-001 WASHINGTON (Nov. 25, 2016) Photo of Senior Chief Scott Dayton. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Senior Chief Scott Dayton. (U.S. Navy )

Chief Scott Dayton was killed on Thanksgiving Day as part of US Special Forces fighting ISIS in Syria.

The Times reports that he died in “Ayn Issa, a town halfway between Raqqa and the Turkish border.”

Dayton is the first publicly disclosed US casualty in Syria.

Special Forces are training and preparing Arabs and Kurds to undertake the battle to defeat ISIS in their Raqqa, Syria, stronghold.

President-elect Trump has an opportunity to clarify US policy in Syria.

Currently, we wish to both topple Assad and destroy ISIS.

Assad obviously wishes to destroy ISIS as does his ally Russia.

Is this a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”?

If so, and if American security is paramount, Trump should forge an alliance with anti-ISIS forces.

Some say the US should fight Assad on moral grounds alone but the answer seems clear to the question of who represents a greater threat to regional security, Assad or ISIS?

ISIS has demonstrated the ability to metastasize like the cancer that it is.

With the death of Chief Dayton American blood now joins treasure in our Syrian commitment.

He was a decorated 23-year veteran having received “19 awards, including the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.”

Dayton’s bravery and sacrifice require us to have a crystal clear, realistic and achievable strategy in Syria.

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