Guess which side President Obama's on.
The widow is Tabitha Speer. Her children are Taryn and Tanner. Their husband and father was an American hero: Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, a 28-year-old medic with the U.S. Special Forces. As I reported in my syndicated column 11 years ago, Speer died in Afghanistan during an ambush by al-Qaida operatives. The remorseless Islamic zealot who lobbed the fatal grenade that killed Speer in 2002: 15-year-old Omar Khadr.
Bleeding-heart activists painted Khadr as a brainwashed "child" soldier -- while ignoring Speer's then 3-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son left fatherless in the name of Allah. Khadr knew exactly what he was doing: targeting Americans for murder. Sergeant First Class Layne Morris of South Jordan, Utah, was there. He lost his right eye in the ambush and said after the attack: "That was a trained al-Qaida who wanted to make his last act on Earth the killing of an American."
The FBI called Khadr, who was detained at Gitmo in November 2002, "cold and callous." Terrorist videos showed the teen smiling as he rigged explosives in preparation for the fight. The thought of killing our soldiers brightened his day, he said. One of his leaders exulted on tape as they readied their bombs and grenades: "Allah willing, we will get a good number of Americans."
Confused, innocent "child" of upstanding peace-seekers? Bull. Following Khadr's capture, I should remind you, his sister said the death of Speer was no "big deal". His mother declared she would rather see her sons at al-Qaida training camps than "be on drugs or having some homosexual relation." One brother openly admitted: "We are an al-Qaida family." And another brother stated: "Every Muslim dreams of being a shahid (martyr) for Islam."
Last week, as politicians paid lip service to honoring those who have served and sacrificed, Tabitha Speer and Morris were doing what they could to uphold honor and fight for real justice for the fallen. They filed a civil suit against Canadian-born Khadr, who had pleaded guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty and guilty in 2010 to five war crimes including murder and attempted murder related to the ambush in Afghanistan.