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An Open Letter to Khizr Khan July 31, 2016

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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Please read “An Apology to Mr. Khan, Mrs. Smith & Gold Star Families”

Dear Mr. Khan,

I want to preface this letter by stating that I respect your son’s sacrifice for this great nation.  By all accounts, he is a true hero that sacrificed himself in service to our country. For that I am thankful.

As a veteran, I watched your comments at the Democratic National Convention with a mixture of sadness, and anger.  The United States has a military comprised of volunteers.  Every single member has made the conscious choice to join the military and serve.  There is not a single service member who has been forced into service.  It is important for all service members (and apparently, their families) to understand that service to this great nation does not imbue one with special privileges or rights.  I found your comments troubling when you said: “Have you ever been to Arlington cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Does it matter whether Mr. Trump has sacrificed “…nothing and no one?”…has Ms. Clinton “..sacrificed” for this nation?  How about Mr. Obama?   Your comment stating that Mr. Trump “…has sacrifice no one” is alarming.  Are you intimating that YOU sacrificed?  Sir, your son willingly sacrificed himself.   As a father I cannot imagine the pain you must feel but his sacrifice is his own.  He was not forced to serve.

I am troubled that you would allow a party that has little more than contempt for the US Service Member to parade you into the DNC to denounce Donald Trump.  Did you watch when protesters at the DNC booed and heckled Medal of Honor recipient  Capt. Florent Groberg? Did you notice your party interrupting the moment of silence for slain police officers?  Your own hypocrisy in not denouncing these acts and instead using the DNC as a platform to make a political point is disgraceful.  The simple fact is that whether one served or sacrificed does not give greater power to their statements.  One vote is as valuable as another.  That sir, is why our Country is great.  Your condemnation of one person for a statement while standing idly as your party disparages veterans and police officers is the height of hypocrisy.

To conflate the need to prevent potential terrorists from entering our country with the belief that ‘all Muslims’ should be banned is simply wrong and disingenuous. As a reminder, Mr. Trump said: ” “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” The irony of your son’s own death at the hands of these very people in Iraq should not be ignored.  I have little doubt that your son would have recognized the need to protect our country from these very people.  In fact, he held is own troops back so that he could check on a suspicious car.  Your son understood sacrifice and how to protect “his people”…’his soldiers’….’his fellow Americans’…

As you continue to make the media circuit and bask in the glow of affection cast upon you by a party that has little regard for your son’s own sacrifice, and veterans in general, I would ask you to consider your comments and your position more closely.


Chris Mark

US Marine and Navy Veteran.



1. MSgt. Ret. R. Frigon - August 3, 2016

Thank you Chris for a breath of fresh air in a troubling time. The lies and decite in these elections are not good things. I wish you well and Gods care.

Vampire VNV / LV MC
USAF 71 TO 91

2. Steve Brown - August 3, 2016

Chris I to am a veteran of both the Marines and the Navy. While I disagree with Mr. Kahns political choices he was absolutely correct in stating that Trump has done nothing in service to this nation. Trump has attacked veterans and hero’s several times where was your outrage then. When Trump went after McCains service where was your voice and so many other vets silent. I disagree with McCains politics but I recognize the courage and honor that it took to stick it out in the Hanoi Hilton. Trump attacked Mr Kahns wife who did nothing other stand next to her husband as he delivered his speech some man to attack a woman who made not one utterance against him. Trump feeds his ego by causing these dust ups so that the uninformed will rush to his rescue. Maybe you should learn a little about the candidate you think should be the next leader of the free world. I will ask you the samething I have asked all Trump supporters tell me the difference between the two?

Chris Mark - August 3, 2016

Steve, I am NOT a Trump supporter. I feel like our options are limited…trust me..I would like nothing more than to NOT vote for him. The past two days have really put me at odds. I may actually abstain from the election. Thanks for the comments!

Sue Barr - August 4, 2016

Chris, I read your apology letter to Kzir Kahn, and I agree with all you said. However, as I am sure you don’t need to be reminded (although I will remind you) not voting is the same as voting for Hillary Clinton. If you don’t support either the Republican or Democratic candidate, at least vote for the independent candidate who is running for President.

Anne - August 23, 2016

Please vote. Where is the freedom you fought for with all this oppressive regulation at every turn? I agree with you that the choppiness is appalling, but only one party and only one candidate talks about freedom.

Jolts - August 3, 2016

You should be ashamed telling the father of a fallen vet that he has given up nothing. Country before party. Think hard about what Trump stands for when he attacks the military and you.

Randy - August 4, 2016

1. Mr Mark’s comment regarding sacrifice is dead on, by very definition of the word. No question the parents, family and friends suffer greatly at the loss of their relative, but that is not a sacrifice. This is an important distinction that Mr. Mark was trying to express. Has Mr. Trump sacrificed for the sake of the country? – no. Has Mr. Kahn sacrificed for the sake of the country? – no. Can Mr. Trump sympathize with the parents/family of a fallen soldier who sacrificed for the sake of his country and what they go through? No. Can he have empathy for them? – yes he can although his response certainly displayed the opposite.

2. Strawman erected – Trump hasn’t attacked the military or Mr. Mark.

Tony Grimaldi - August 4, 2016

Steve, what has Clinton or Obama done for the military except deplete it? Steve do you remember Benghazi? Iran 150 billion to build nukes the #1 terror state? how about 400 million ransom to Iran just 2 days ago. Steve read up about Obama and Clintons past before you comment. Did you hear Clinton call Mrs Smith lier. Did you know Trump gave a million for the vets and raised 6 million more a few months ago. Get real vote for Trump over the socialists.

Tim - August 4, 2016

You are so correct Tony, thanks for posting your reply..The Clintons are so dishonest, everyone should read your message.

Thomas Peterson - August 5, 2016

You have got to be kidding. Compare U.S.A. LIVES lost between Bush & Chaney administration and the Obama & Biden administration. Tell the people what’s the most important, our treasured service people or the money that Drumpf supposedly donated to our vets! Vote HRC & TIM KAINE for POTUS. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS.

Pat Campo Nation - August 4, 2016

The true irony of all of this is that neither Clinton nor Obama have had ANY family member defend this Country during ANY of the current, fairly current and past wars- NONE. Yet this party is targeting Donald Trump? Bill Clinton and Obama did not serve and in reality neither did younger President Bush (he did in record name only, no record of actual attendance or participation, nor recollection from his entire troop- which being in the military you know is not possible if he had been there).

Maggie Frair - August 4, 2016

Mr Trump has been extremely supportive of the Vets from the getgo….he raised $6 million for the Vets….Did Obama serve in the military?….did either Clinton serve in the military? Mr Trump was busy making the economy work by employing thousands of people and building buildings where other people could work and live….

GEORGE VANHOOSE, CWO US ARMY, Retired - August 4, 2016

I pray to my God that the Major is in the hands of a Gentle God. Mr. and Mrs. Khan made a tremendous sacrifice. However, why were they at the DNC? They fired the first volley at Mr. Trump her responded with the vigor he has done so many times. I wish he had not mentioned Mrs. Khan in the way he did.
Our country has seen enough Terror being promoted and attacked on by ISIS ISIL, AlQaeda, Hespla and many lone wolves. Enough is enough, Muslims need to stand and show that they are not supporting ISIS if they are not, condem Terrorism and prove that they are a religion of peace.

3. Rev. R. G. Potts - August 3, 2016

Thank you Chris for your well thought out response. May God richly bless and keep you in His Care.

4. Irfan Sufi - August 3, 2016

True Mrs. Clinton did not sacrifice a family member in defending USA, she is not making disparaging remarks about those who did. The notion that he was used by DNC to insult Mr. Trump is beyond belief. Mr. Khan’s speech exuded strength, conviction and sincerity. By the way, look at the message, not the messenger.

Chris Mark - August 3, 2016

Valid point. make no mistake it was not the ‘messenger’ it was the Context (DNC). That is a great reminder, however. Thanks for commenting.

Rick - August 3, 2016

Have any of you checked out the messenger, this Mr Khan. The same Khizr Khan who writes articles and instructs others in the sharia law. Mr Khizr Khan believes the shire law is absolute and he is also a strong proponent of getting more muslim immigrant to the US. Your messenger is nothing more than a mouth piece for hillary and the DNC. Your messenger is working to undermine and destroy this nation. His son sacrificed 12 years ago, why we only now hearing anything from him? Don’t take my word for it, research it yourself. You will find many references to Khan’s ties to Saudi Arabia, his teachings and writings concerning shiria law. And from many different sources. Check the why’s when you see r hear something. Always look to see where it is really coming from.
Chris Mark – you wrote a good letter and need to apologize or explain yourself to no one.

5. Kathryn maunder - August 3, 2016

A good read

6. D K - August 3, 2016

Chris Great letter. I do not believe you owe anybody a apology. It is your right to give your views. As far as Mr Khan, sorry you are wrong on all issues. Mr Trump only wants good people and trusty people in this country. What don’t you people understand, It was not Hmong, Catholics, or any other religion but Muslims that are causing this problem and until they are vetted , no do not let them in.Just like Cuba sent in murders and druggies we do not want these people in. Once vetted and we know they are good Muslims and abide by our rules then let them in. That is what Trump brings, common sense. OBUMA and Lying Hillary do not have it. They just keep spending our money and give to foreign countries that they then get a hugh kickback.
WAKE UP Americans

Andy G - August 4, 2016

DK, clearly you have not seen or reviewed the vetting process for immigrants into this country. It would be easier for a terrorist to smuggle themselves in via a raft through nova scotia than pass the vetting process. Find yourself an attorney who handles immigration and is familiar with the process, ask them to explain the process in detail to you and you will find how thorough it is. You talk as though no one is vetted or the vetting is weak and it’s completely opposite.

7. Michelle Mullett - August 3, 2016

Chris..very well said, awesome letter and awesome values. You have the courage to stand behind your convictions, I respect that. You had stated the truth which showed true honesty and integrity, nobody could ask for any more. RESPECT…loved it!!!!

8. DB - August 3, 2016

I truly feel for the Khan family. Loosing a child has to be the most traumatic experience, and Trump sure needs to hone his communicating skills. I was surprised Mr Khan came out so defiant to Trump for his WORDS and not one word against MUSLIMS in his home country who actually killed his son. Therefore we know he was used by the DNC to bash Trump. Remember we have 2 Choices Hillery or Trump. We get more of the same from Hillary or worse. If Trump only fixes two big things we have progressed. I know Trump is smart enough to choose wise men to help make good decisions. He will call all the top military leaders in and ask their opinions and what they need to win. Obama doesn’t ask and refuses to give what they ask. He was a community organizer and he is telling the military what to do!!!!!!!This is a man who doesn’t know his ass from a whole in the ground and he tells them what to do. He brought his muslin team Valerie Jerad, Susan Rice, to name a few and HillaryClinton (who has left a lot of dead bodies along her path). Non of them ever had a real job so is it any wonder we are in such severe condition. I’ll take Trump. At least we stand a chance. This is a personal opinion so if you want you have the freedom (for now) to disagree.

9. Jim - August 3, 2016

I think Chris Mark is right on target. If folks
would so a little backfround check I think they would find that Mr. Khan had a personal fanancial reason for trying to prevent Mr Trump from beating the Democrats in the Presidential. Mr Trump had nothing to do with death of Mr Khan’s son. Shame on Mr Kahn for using his son’s tragedy to advance his personal agenda. Folks need to seek the truth about this whole affair before blaming the wrong person.

10. Jaye hoffman - August 3, 2016

Thank you for your service to our cou try and insightful view on the baited scenario that transpired during the DNC

11. Ozzie Beck - August 3, 2016

Chris, very well put and thought out letter. I WAS DRAFTED I served in the Korean war times, never went to Korea, however had several friends who did and some of whom never returned. I have a couple cousins who retired with 23 to 25 years one a captain in the Army and the other in the Navy. I had a brother in the Air Force and another brother in the Army who served in Vietnam (both of whom have past) As well I had a grand daughter who served in Iraq. She had been scheduled to have been on the chopper that went down killing all 22 on board. Fortunately she was put on a fixed wing and sent to another destination at the last minute for which I’m grateful. While I had sorrow to Mr. and Mrs. Kahn for their loss of their son, however as was stated he was serving at his own choosing. He was set up by the DNC to slam Trump, and he was a patsy for the DNC. And with the corrupt media Captain Kahn and the corrupt DNC he received much more recognition than Mrs. Smith whose son was killed by Hillary or by Hillary’s lack of action to send support for him ,the ambassador and other two. Hillary and Obama should be tried and spend the rest of their lives behind bars. And on the news last night and repeated again today Obama was saying that Trump is/was unqualified to become president (commander in chief) and in my opinion along with any others I know or have talked to all agree he is much more qualified than he was or Hillary is. Let’s all pray that Hillary is never ever allowed to get near the white house again. If you have questions try to locate any of the secret service details of either of the Clintons and Obama’s and you will learn they are the worst and most inconsiderate of any ever..
Ozzie Beck

12. Forest Webster - August 4, 2016

Thank you for your service and as a retired eye soldier with thirty years of service I respect your right to express your opinion. I do not agree with you on some of the points that you have stated. Trump has made negative blanket statements about ethnic groups, veterans, women. It looks and sounds like his supporters cheer when he makes this statements. Mr Khans’ point was that the people of these ethnic groups love, serve and protect this country just like you and I have. Do you really think the RNC would have allowed him to say what he felt at their convention. I could go on about other points that you have made, but I wanted to girt your response to this issue. I respectfully will wait for you response. Again thanks for your service.

13. Rich - August 4, 2016

Thank you for your service and clarity of thought. It is difficult for those who have never served to completely understand the dedication you must have for our nation. As a Vietnam veteran, I abhor what the media said about those who put their lives on the line to save others.
I would think Mr. Trump should know when he is being baited.

14. Fed Up - August 4, 2016

Chris, thank you for your service and for this honest assessment of another media-enhanced political spectacle. I am sick of the way the media and elite control political discourse and sentiment in this country. Not long after the DNC, Hillary was interviewed by Chris Wallace, a shocking interview wherein her responses were paired with video clips that unequivocally demonstrated that she lied about each and every question posed her. Her audacity and total disregard for the public intellect was stunning. Zero media reaction to her vile performance. While Kahn was paraded around the corrupt media playground, Sean Smith’s grieving mother was derided and condemned for blaming Hillary for her son’s death in Benghazi. She spoke at the RNC and told how Hillary looked her in the eye and told her her son died because of a video. Hillary showed the ultimate disrespect to this mother by telling Chris Wallace that Smith’s mother was so grief stricken that she didn’t remember what she was told. Where is the outrage over Clinton basically calling this grieving American mother a liar? She outraged all of us, especially those who have suffered a great loss and know for a fact that just because you are grieving doesn’t mean you’ve lost your mind. Clinton clearly hasn’t lost a beloved, or she would know this. It didn’t stop her from commenting on it though. Apparently none of the other media outlets saw this interview…nor any of the other copious lies the Clintons have told over the years. Imagine the media reacting as vehemently to Hilary’s treatment of Smith’s mother as they did to Trump’s simple statement referring to Sharia law. Which was more offensive, a politically incorrect comment or a lie to the parent of a man who died becasue Hillary and Obama never sent support to protect him?

15. Emmajean Hicks - August 4, 2016

Thank you Chris for saying what I felt. This whole election has been a mud throwing circus. I thank you and all who have Served. I have heard stories about the goings on in the war zone from a fellow Marine and it helps me understand the we need to stop the Muslim immigration until we know who these people are. With all that is going on in the world and the stories I have heard. I fear we are opening pandora’s box the recent flood of immigrants Obama is bringing in under our noses, and placing them in the secret witness program.

I also fear America will not fully understand how vicious and violent some of the refugees can be. I did not agree with holding back on immigration until I heard the stories from a person who served 9 yrs on the ground. Attacking, raping and beating women , raping young boys that are sold to them to settle debts. Marring and Raping young girls from the age of 6 and up so much more. The list goes on and on these acts are so polar opposite from what we believe. But by their custom this type of behavior is within the law.

16. imacandle - August 4, 2016

Thank you sir!

Muslim terror chief Khizr Khan – http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about5542.html

Vet gifts Donald Trump his Purple Heart – http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about5544.html

17. VRP - August 4, 2016

Chris, insightful and thoughtful. I too am a U.S. Navy Veteran who served with the U.S. Marines as a Corpsman. We all have our cross to bear and unless we can walk a mile or in our case hump a mile in another’s boots, we cannot begin to see through their eyes, heart and mind. I frankly don’t know what the motives are as only that father and mother can fully grasp the impact of their loss. It’s up to the individual and their families to determine whether or not they’ve made a sacrifice and not something another person should judge or draw conclusions. We have to work out our own lives and choices based on what we feel or believe. Others have spoken based upon their views, and this father has done the same and we cannot begin to understand their motivation but in every circumstance they are well within their rights to voice their pain and suffering: right, wrong or indifferent. We as a nation are in a world of hurt.. Sempre Fi!

18. Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Says Khan Part Of ‘Clinton Machine’ | SourcesNews Network - August 4, 2016

[…] served in a Marine Corps elite Force Reconnaissance unit, agreed with O’Neill. He wrote in an “Open Letter To Khizr Khan“ over the weekend: “I am troubled that you would allow a party that has little more than […]

19. kc135topboom - August 4, 2016

Mr. Mark,
I read both of your letters, and I have to say you hit a home run, twice.
Your first letter pointed out we are all volunteers and the decisions we make about our sacrifices are our own.
Your second letter pointed out that our families often don’t understand the decisions we make in battle or training that we sometimes pay with all of our very being. But it is the families that must continue on after we are gone.
Finally, I must add that Mr. Trump really cares about the troops and veterans. Mrs. Clinton does not which is why it is so hard to understand why Mr. Khan spoke in support of her at the DNC. Mr. Khan demonstrated he has no more understanding of Capt. Khan’s sacrifice than he does of the Constitution of the United States he flashed during his speech. He is an attorney, and the Constitution is not difficult to interpret or understand.
I believe his real motivation for his speech was not his hero son’s sacrifice at all. He is an immigration lawyer and specializes in bringing muslims into the US. For that he has made millions. Mr. and Mrs. Khan are entitled to being a Gold Star family. He is not entitled to use that status for his own political agenda, the agenda of Mrs. Clinton, or the agenda of a Democrat Party who does not honor the sacrifice of Capt. Khan, and other KIA or WIA, or troops and veterans.

22 year Strategic Air Command Veteran

Chris Mark - August 4, 2016

Than you!

LJS - August 4, 2016

Can’t be a home run if you don’t touch all the bases.
– Trump doesn’t give a crap about troops,he only cares about himself. He will do things only if it helps himself.
– Clinton and Obama didn’t serve in the military, but they didn’t lie to avoid the draft either.
– Hillary isn’t on my ‘good people’ list either, but for different reasons.

20. Mariann Brough - August 4, 2016

I thought Military, were taught to show RESPECT TO THERE PRESIDENT !?? No respect here !

Chris Mark - August 4, 2016

I am now a civilian.

ccvarmints - August 4, 2016

So, are you saying that you did not serve in the Military then? What a sniveling Marine answer to say “I am a Civilian now.” You are a disgrace. And yes, I can say that to your face as a retired Army First Sergeant. You disgust me.

Chris Mark - August 4, 2016

Why do you keep reading this blog? Do you not have a job? You have now told me at least 3 times you are a “Retired Army First Sergeant”..you have also used the word “Sniveling” in referring to Marines at least 4 times. You clearly don’t like Marines. Up your game man…I truly could not care what you think of me.

Tim - August 5, 2016

I’ll be blunt, ccvarmints! I think your a joke, just another troll, that’s all you are.

Randy - August 5, 2016

You got it wrong! Our respect is for the OFFICE of the president. Respect for the person must be earned!

21. Fred gazelle - August 4, 2016

Well done chis, he’ll you should run for president, again well done, Fred Gazelle ex 82nd Airborne

22. Chuck - August 4, 2016

Open letter to those trying to defend Trump,

You can’t ! As much as you try to make words sound and deflect his bombastic remarks , you can’t ! History being written right now- Trump is the worst candidate in us history .
Put country above politics here people . I don’t think it is partisan to say Trump represents an real threat to the world ”

Ps I’m not in love with Hillary either .

Put country above politics here people ,

23. Pauline Schleger - August 4, 2016

Have any of Trumps family members served?

24. U.S. Marine DESTROYS Khizr Khan with THIS Open Letter Every American HAS To See! – everynewshere - August 4, 2016


25. kelley timm - August 4, 2016

So well said. God Bless you for your service and speaking the truth.

26. Wally - August 4, 2016

Chris, thanks for your service to this great country. Thank you also for your great insight on this matter. People like you are responsible for the greatness of this country. With out the service of men and women like you, no one would be trying to destroy this great country. Instead they would all be off doing nothing. Follow the money to discover where their resources come from.

27. heffay1111 - August 4, 2016

Dear Chris,

I believe that your open letter misunderstands the point of Mr. Khan’s speech. I completely agree with your statement, “The simple fact is that whether one served or sacrificed does not give greater power to their statements.” However, that was not the thrust of Mr. Khan’s speech.

Before Mr. Khan mentions sacrifice, he states, “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities — women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country.” You posted one of Mr. Trump’s later, more reasoned quotes about Muslim immigration, but please remember that his smears began long ago with his claim, proven to be untrue, that there were Muslim Americans in New Jersey cheering on 9/11/2001. I consider this kind of rhetoric not just dishonest but dangerous.

Mr. Khan is highlighting in this speech what he perceives as the general disrespect that Mr. Trump shows for his own American community as well as other American communities. Mr. Khan feels that American communities who volunteer to serve in the US military deserve more respect than Mr. Trump shows them. This may be a point of contention, but Mr. Trump’s implication through his statements for the last year is that the communities he derides are less American and even un-American than those who support him. Mr. Khan is not calling on all to sacrifice. He is challenging Mr. Trump, father to father, to show respect for a community and family that sacrificed its son in service to this country.

Mr. Khan mentions Arlington Cemetery solely to point out that there you will see the graves of all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. When he states that Mr. Trump has, “sacrificed nothing and no one,” in the context of this speech he does not mean that Mr. Trump needs to lose a child in our volunteer military to run for President, but that Mr. Trump should show respect for all Americans for whom the U.S. Constitution promises “liberty and equal protection of law.”

I understand that the forum in which Mr. Khan spoke was political, and that reacting negatively to this choice is something that one who disagree with the Democratic party would naturally do. You mention your perception that the Democratic party, “ has little more than contempt for the US Service Member.” Please do not let your feelings about the Democratic party cloud your understanding of and reaction to Mr. Khan.

Mr. Khan’s point was solidified by Mr. Trump’s reaction to his speech. Mr. Trump could have responded, “God bless the Khan family and their son who died for this country. I want to be President to win the War On Terror so that sacrifice like theirs is no longer needed.” No. Mr. Trump’s reaction was to immediately smear these people; to mock the mother’s silence in a clear insult to her culture, driving her to publicly share that she cannot speak of her dead son without an emotional breakdown.

I understand your reaction to Mr. Khan’s speech, but I believe if you consider his words a little deeper you will find yourself agreeing with him while not choosing to support the same political party that he supports.

Thank you for your time. We have a mutual friend who told me that you are enthusiastic for rational political discussion, so I took the time to write my response to you.

– Jeff Howard

28. Blue Star Mom - August 4, 2016

Chris I loved your letter to Mr. Kahn. I too feel that they were used as a political tool by the DNC. Researching Mr. Kahn’s background, legal services and affiliation with the Clinton Foundation proves his motives for appearing on stage. He needs Hillary elected for his business. He used his son’s death for sympathy against Trump. He disrespected his son’s honor and should be ashamed of himself. Mr. Trump did show respect to their son’s sacrifice defending his country and protecting his men that day he died, he saved their lives. So Mr. Trump didn’t say it in the liberal pc sugar coated way. He’s from New York, we don’t sugar coat. Bless his heart Mr.Trump tried and we need to embrace him for his attempt to show respect to the Kahn’s so it will encourage him to speak more caring and lovingly while he attacks them and their love of sharia law. See how phony that sounded? You didn’t believe that crap either. Mr. Kahn attacked Mr. Trump and hid behind his Gold Star Flag…not a man in my eyes more like a kitty cat. You are correct though, it was his son who sacrificed. It was his decision to serve his country, just like it was my son’s. I couldn’t talk him out of it even if I tried. He made this decision when he was 8 years old while we were watching black hawk helicopters patrolling the sky near our home on 9/11. He went to the recruiter, he signed the contract, he signed that blank check which included his life, he took the ASVAB and physicals, he took the oath to support an defend the Constitution and his country and he went to boot camp. He’s the one training everyday. I had to let him leave the “nest”. Isn’t that what we do as parents when our children go off to college, move out or get married? I didn’t sacrifice, I raised my son to be able to leave me and live on his own, He chose the Navy as his career. It’s not for everyone neither is nursing or bullfighting. I have no empathy for the Kahns, they made themselves a target and they are using their son’s death as a shield which is dishonoring his sacrifice. You are correct Hillary and Obama didn’t sacrificed anything either. If my son has to pay the ultimate price, I will proudly receive his flag from his coffin but in no way will I go on with my life proclaiming I sacrificed my son…I would proudly be honoring my son’s life his service to his country and that he died fighting for our freedom and for that flag. Burn the flag or stomp on it in front of me and you will see me on tv but for different reasons. Thank you all, for your service including my son, nephew and my father. We can all disagree and discuss it here freely on this blog because of all you and those who came before you and after you. God Bless the United States of America!

29. William Olson - August 4, 2016

Thank you. How shameful is the DNC to do this, then again they knew was not the type to set back and take crisitism. Unlike Mr Bush who said nothing as lies where told about him. So they got their wish, Mr Trump falling in the poll. He will learn and turn all this mud slinging back on you. You have no platform the Americans will support, so your only choice is to attack your opponent. Good luck with that thinking it will get you in the same place Al Gore got. Then you can go make a movie.

30. Sandy - August 4, 2016

I am a Blue Star Mother and I thank you for your service Chris Mark. Your letter is spot on. It’s sad that the Khans have allowed themselves and have continued to allow themselves to be used as pawns by the Democratic party. I respect their son, as he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. His story sounds like he was a true hero. Thank you once again.

31. Andy G - August 4, 2016

When a families son voluntarily serves their country and dies for their heroic service…Mark… yes, that family still sacrifices. Mr. Trump, to the contrary, has been using low cost American labor to mostly his sole benefit. While Gold Star families have lost loved ones defending the greatest country and economy in the world, Mr. Trump has been using this same country to solely build his own wealth… At NO SACRIFICE…Just benefit. Anyone who puts his name on buildings and airplanes is nothing short of an ego-maniac concerned about themselves and their own small family unit…maybe.

Shame on you for signing your letter as retired Navy and Marine. You criticize someone for their own association with the military but use it to justify your own credibility. You can answer all the comments you want painting pictures that you have an open mind by saying “thank you for your comments” but your words and actions contradict and show your true feelings. Its crazy how you hang your hat on your military affiliation yet criticize a gold star family for theirs. Disgusting.

Chris Mark - August 4, 2016

Never signed as ‘retired’ and I posted an apology. Thanks for your comments.

32. Shawn Shepherd - August 4, 2016

Dear Mr. Mark-
As the daughter of a Vietnam Vet I applaud you for not only your service to our great country but for your profound words!
The very words Mr. Khan utters tarnishes the sacrifice his son willingly made while doing something many today are too afraid to do…being a soldier! A job that many of our youth, dare I say, are too “pampered” and, even worse, too PC and emotional to ever survive boot camp let alone service such as our men and women face over seas today!
I also applaud your obvious support for our Police Officers! The way the world is today, becoming a police officer means facing virtually the same level of danger as someone who enlists in the military. How sad our society has become when an Officer of the Law faces the same dangers approaching a vehicle as Mr. Khan’s son did that fatal day he approached a vehicle also! But their danger is fueled not by a foreign terrorist group but by fellow citizens and elected officials whom they too help put in office! Disgraceful is what it is and, at times, treasonous I feel.
At times I feel ashamed to be a citizen of the United States of America. But then I read words such as yours or see news stories of children raising thousands of dollars from a lemonade stand for a paralyzed Police Officer and my sense of pride is revitalised! I’m reminded of the sacrifices my Dad made, even I in some ways as all military families do, and I remember why Dad and so many other men and women made their choices of service to our great nation…PRIDE IN NOT ONLY THEMSELVES BUT FOR THE COUNTRY WHICH THEY CALL HOME!
Let all of our military men and women -past, present, and future- know that their choices and sacrifices were not in vain by verbally and physically supporting them 100%! Even if you don’t agree with the situation you must support those who do what their country asks of them, no questions asked! The same should also be done for any and all Officers of the Law who must leave their families at home daily to fight the war on crime in our streets while wondering, more than ever before, if they will make it home at the end of their shift!
God bless you and yours as well, Mr. Mark, for your service to our country and your support of our homelands and it’s people!
Sincerely your’s,
Shawn Shepherd
Mother, Grandmother, and
Citizen of the USA

33. higgins - August 4, 2016

Chris , I was one of the first to read your response of
Khans measured repertoire on the dems stage. Wonder how much that one cost HILLERY?? It was spoken in such a way that it was definitely not from his inner self but rather generated from a teleprompter.

34. Open Letter To Khizr Khan – Military Votes Count - August 4, 2016

[…] Reprinted with permission from: globalriskinfo.com […]

35. sharon franklin - August 4, 2016

God bless you Chris Mark for such a poignant letter. God bless America’s troops.

36. Eric Leser - August 4, 2016

Beautiful letter! Genuine!

37. Robin L. Stekkinger - August 4, 2016

Mr. Mark, I am a Gold Star Mom, of a truly beautiful girl who joined the 82nd Airborne, and was a paralegal who earned all her awards, such as 2009 Paralegal of the Year, in Iraq, and earned the rank of a Sergeant, all by 21years of age. Unfortunately she lost her life in a terrible accident. She didn’t pass away a Heroic death, but she served honorably just the same.

Well after I read your open letter on Facebook, I reposted it with my written opinion applauding this thoughtfully written letter, that said “is a must read,” and I applaud you and If I could, Sir, I would salute you.

Please continue being a voice of reason, and God Speed to you and thank you for your Honorable service to Our Country.

Robin L. Stringer
Gold Star Mom of Sgt. Ashley M. Carey, 82nd Airborne Division

38. Ashley - August 5, 2016

I saw your apology and wanted to comment that apologies take courage kudos to you for that. Also shows your ability to listen and self reflect. That’s something I can respect.

39. Dave Renner - August 5, 2016

This took great courage and I applaud your willingness to speak up after you spoke out. We are all Americans. My four years in the U.S. Coast Guard did not expose me to the risks that you and many others took, but I appreciate that Purple Heart, Blue Star and Gold Star are not just colors to those who served and their families. Thank you. I hope your voice will be heard.

40. Terri Dewalt - August 5, 2016

I come from a military family, every branch covered, I have been a military wife, daughter, and sister. Im glad you apologized, because your view points don’t reflect how most military families feel, at all.
I don’t like Hillary or Trump, and I don’t care for how many of the commenting on this issue is, “my candidate or my party” motivated, I hope some of you stop and think how what you say makes those left behind when a family member in the military makes the ultimate sacrifice feel. Put aside your political biases for a moment and have some empathy, and stop speaking for others as if you know how they feel or what they think.

41. Clyde Reneman - August 5, 2016

Well said Mr. Mark.

42. Fred and Yvonne Eschenhorst - August 5, 2016

Thanks for your service to our country. I think what you wrote was so true. It is tragic that people would rather vote for liars and dishonesty and keep the country as it has been for the past 8 years, a total disaster.

43. Toast - August 5, 2016

Well-said sir! You are absolutely right!

44. Jennifer - August 6, 2016

Amen to you sir. May god aways be with you.

45. Eddie - August 6, 2016

I respectfully disagree with you Chris but appreciate that you express yourself in an intelligent measured way. You approach and demeanor of respect used to be the norm in this country. Unfortunately the lowest common denominator in our country has debased the discourse with their foul mouthed, narrow minded vocabulary. If your approach were the norm in 24/7 cable news one channel in particular would lose its modus operandi immediately. Having said all of that, I respectfully disagree. I believe it is unfair of you to conclude that Mr. And Mrs. Khan have not sacrificed. Of course they have sacrificed. That is self-evident without knowing anything about their religion. To suggest they have not sacrificed is to suggest they have not loved. Your suggestion that Mr. Trump’s Muslim ban is acceptable because he articulated that it is “until we figure out what is going on” (whatever on earth that means). This suggests to me that you think our government doesn’t know what’s going on. Mr. Trump is the one who does not know what’s going on. He will if he becomes President. Lack of knowledge does not imply that knowledge does not exist. I would suggest that the paucity of Muslim terrorists sneaking in under the radar and killing Americans suggests that the measures in place are working. The shooters in San Bernadino are the only exception to the rule and they had lived in this country for some time (sorry should have looked it up before typing). Furthermore, they became murderously radicalized after their arrival. Mr. Trump’s solution is like putting out a match with a firehose. His hysteria, like many voices on the (radical) Right is way out of proportion to the problem. Most of the westerners who have gone to fight with ISIS are non-Muslims who have been radicalized to the point of conversion. This isn’t France Chris. And I thank God and our government for that. If Trump was making his immigration suggestions to the French I might agree. Germany has a huge number of Muslim refugees and yet the terror attacks there have been perpetrated primarily by German born Muslims. Lastly, to suggest that the Democratic Party as an institution or even its current leaders don’t care about our troops is indefensible and offensive. Not only are you wrong but you are echoing the Fox News/Rush Limbaugh party line. These sources are far from impartial and are singularly responsible for debasing the political discourse in this country. There is a way to debate politics without racing into a pit of vulgarities and obscenities. Good points don’t need to be shouted, they speak for themselves. You make your points well, I simply happen to disagree. I disagree with you but respect you nonetheless. History will not be at all kind to Murdoch, Limbaugh and their ilk.

46. bencassel2014 - August 6, 2016

I appreciate and deeply respect your retraction of the section in which you spoke of the Khans’ sacrifice. It’s refreshing to see integrity in an online universe that is so frequently devoid of it.

When a person identifies himself as a member of a particular class and then expresses his opinion, he is not stating that all members of that class share his opinion. I identify myself as a veteran, a teacher, a union leader, and a few other things, but I do not presume to be a spokesperson on behalf of any of them. The identification is to establish legitimacy, not to claim that all veterans, teachers, or union people are dancing to the same fiddler. I think the Khans identified themselves as a Gold Star Family for the same reasons.

47. mary brav - August 6, 2016

STOP CONDEMING THE PARENTS OF A FALLEN BROTHER IN ARMS OVER DONALD TRUMP. Attacking the political views and freedom of speech for a grieving father and deriding his very depressed mother is cowardly as your candidate. Your brother was a hero who died so his father had freedom to vote for whom he wants and to say what they want as Donald’s supports do and those GOP parents did. . We are free to vote and yes say what you want because men like his hero son died. Attacking senior citizens is unwise vote loser. There are more upstanding issues than critiquing how grieving parents vote or speak. When faced with exactly the same words answering them Donald took the same low road.. shameful leader .Try taking on hard to take on foreign policy, economic or social policy or take on four star GEN. PETREUS, AND NOT ONE BUT two secretary of defense REAGAN’S SEC GATES AND PANETTA Gates and who think a Muslim ban an in any verbiage is dangerous and short sighted as a candidate who would propose such a unstable idea. Just like Donald PROMISE to commit war crimes…HE IS AN UNSTABLE LEADER..And kill the parents and children and wives of terrorists. . take on the facts of leadership if you or Donald could find Scotland.. . But let the parents of your dead brother grieve anyway they want and vote anyway they want. It would be a bigger smarter man to take on real issues or people who have not lost a beloved hero. Deride Hollywood George Clooney, Katy Perry or Eva Longoria .. but do not condemn a grieving mother and father like Donald. . Shameful myopic and cowardly vote loser to a powerful plea from a ivy league family.

Chris Mark - August 6, 2016

An “ivy leaque” family? Why does that matter? Wow…just wow…talk about elitism…

48. Pam Threadgill - August 8, 2016

Saw a letter just like this that was on Facebook supposedly by a Blue Star mother. Now you are posting it from you. First of all, critisim of Mr Khan is completely unfounded. He sacrificed his pain in public to support his family’s choice to embrace this country and refute the Trump immigration bias even of legal immigrants. He was standing up for the rights and history of this country.only native Americans can say theyare not immigrants. Everyone else are, even Trump. Perhaps he should have to prove he is American? How many generations does Trump want to export? Perhaps he will stop at the apex of his family entrance to America.

Chris Mark - August 8, 2016

No..I do not plagiarize anyone. this is my own writing, my own thoughts, and my own commentary. I am NOT an immigrant. My family may have been 4 generations ago but that does not make me one…

49. matson10 - August 8, 2016

Chris Mark,

You nailed it with “The United States has a military comprised of volunteers. Every single member has made the conscious choice to join the military and serve. “.

That’s exactly the problem, the US created a “warring class” when after WWII the US Congress for the first time in America’s history established a free standing army then 20 years later eliminated the draft in favor of an all volunteer military. As a result of these US Congressional action the US has been in a state of war for more than 65 years, longer than any nation in modern history and not one of these wars and military conflicts in the past 65 years was fought to protect American democracy, American way of life or in defense of American soil. Not one!

American Constitutional Convention: “Standing armies in time of peace are inconsistent with the principles of republican Governments, dangerous to the liberties of a free people, and generally converted into destructive engines for establishing despotism.”

50. Barbara - August 8, 2016

What wonderful insight….thank you &God bless you….

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