‘I’m All for It’: Father of Green Beret Facing Murder Charges Welcomes Trump’s Review of the Case

Jerry Golsteyn, father of Green Beret Matthew Golsteyn, couldn’t be more excited that President Donald Trump is considering a review of his son’s case.

As IJR previously reported, Matthew Golsteyn has been charged with murder for killing a Taliban bombmaker while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. According to the military’s investigation into the incident, the bombmaker was not on a kill list provided to Golsteyn, even though he was a known Taliban agent.

In 2016, Golsteyn was cleared of any wrongdoing in the killing, but the case has since been reopened.

According to a statement given to Fox News by U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer:

“Major Matthew Golsteyn’s immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him. Major Golsteyn has been charged with the murder of an Afghan male during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.”

Still, Trump has vowed to look into the charges against Golsteyn.

Golsteyn’s father, Jerry, spoke to Fox News about the president’s decision to review the case.

Watch:

“I’m all for it. I think last time I checked, he’s the commander-in-chief. If he feels that something is not going as it should go, I’m more than happy to get him in there and look at the situation and make decisions. Absolutely.”

At the time of the killing, Golsteyn was serving under former President Barack Obama’s rules for engagement. Jerry claims those restrictive rules place more Americans at risk.

“He’s doing this for the many, many soldiers that are in a similar situation that he is. Whether they’re in prison right now or being brought up on charges, a lot of it has to do with the rules of engagement.”

Trump made a similiar criticism in 2013.

Though it isn’t clear what Trump’s review will entail or if Golsteyn will be pardoned for the bombmaker’s death, it is clear that the president did not agree with the rules of engagement that Golsteyn breached while serving in Afghanistan.

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Jessica Lee
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Rules of engagement created to give our soldiers the disadvantage – this is a F&^king war – the rules of engagement should be to wipe out the enemy, not allow them to go free to make IEDs that maim and kill our military. This is why we don’t need a Dem in the White House, all they know to do is bow down before foreign interests and terrorists.

Phyllis Softa
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Were you a Republican when the party proudly proclaimed themselves to the “Law and Order Party”? I was. WOW, have things changed and NOT with the Golstyn case. but with YOUR response.
Golstyn was cleared in 2016—A DEM WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE until Jan 20th, 2017. Charges were filed in 2018, when a REPUBLICAN IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

TOM
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The same military brass that cleared him in 2016 are the same ones who are now saying there is “new evidence” and charging him now. The real questions should be 1. what new evidence, 2. why was this evidence not available in 2010 and again in 2016, 3. who has brought this new evidence forth.

TOM
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Damn right!

Cutter Thayer
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This isn’t about “government”, this is about liberal snowflakes causing division because a military soldier did his job, saving lives, including his own, and they only want to vilify him. He’s a hero that was thrown into a war based on propaganda.🤬
A list that speaks of “Rules of engagement”, and don’t allow you to protect your fellow brothers, protect Americans, or protect yourself in a fire fight turns my stomach…

Phyllis Softa
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Cutter, do you and 10 IJR readers really want to call Goldstyn’s IMMEDIATE COMMANDER IN A US ARMY SPECIAL OPS COMMAND a “liberal snowflake???? Read or Re-read the article. We can disagree with his commander’s decision, but to call ANY member of the military a snowflake is flat out disrespectful and unpatriotic.

TOM
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Dumbass, since Cutter Thayer did not answer you I will. Yes I do and will call the commander a liberal snowflake.

TOM
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“Rules of engagement” turn my stomach too!

Erin Young
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To charge this man for doing the right thing is an abomination. What is truly wrong is the whole catch and release policy. Our children are over there risking their lives and we just let enemy combatants go?? No. The greater evil here is making Matt have to decide to proceed in his own, he did the right thing. The greatest evil are the politicians who play with our troops lives and who came up with such a disgusting and fruitless policy. Hell will ensue should he not be pardoned.

Phyllis Softa
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I personally never served in the military but many of my family members grandfathers, uncles, brother, and cousins) did. The one thing they all agreed upon was that a soldier FOLLOWS orders. He was cleared in 2016 and hopefully he will be again in 2018. We have only heard one side of the story and waiting to hear his immediate commander’s side is only fair.

Screwtape
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I’m not sure if presidential pardons extend to the military (they should, since he’s commander-in-chief) but this guy did the job assigned him.

In the larger view, this MUST be overturned. Can we say “loss of morale”?

Erin Young
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Very true.

Phyllis Softa
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I certainly hope that Golsteyn is cleared, but how is morale lowered by overlooking blatant disobeying a superior’s order? We are talking the ARMY–not private business.

TOM
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Let us also say loss of soldiers.

Betsy Lawson
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What crime? Major Goldsteyn did the right thing. That scum had already killed two American soldiers. He deserved to die. End of story.

Phyllis Softa
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It’s the Army, Betsy. He disobeyed his superior’s order—insubordination is not looked on lightly.

Pat Warnock
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President Trump should focus on who on earth is bringing this case – this soldier should be saved more the army deserter saved by Obama at great cost.

Screwtape
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Agreed, but FIRST either dismiss charges or pardon this soldier.

Phyllis Softa
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If you READ the article you would know who is bringing the charge–Golsteyn’s immediate commander whose orders he disobeyed.

banstan
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Pat NEVER said the person bringing the charges was unknown. Pat said the focus should be on that person. “who on earth” is commonly used as an intensifier, not just a question. Your welcome, philly.

Kathy Laban
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I think Golsteyr is a hero.how many of our troops can a bomb maker kill?

Screwtape
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100% agreed. He did his duty and saved other troops.
WTF is wrong with our government that it would prosecute him? I think those bringing charges should be prosecuted.

Phyllis Softa
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You want to bring charges against a special ops commander? Interesting.

TOM
Member

Damn right if he is suddenly finding “evidence” that has never been found for 8 years. Sounds like the Mueller investigation.

Screwtape
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“Commanders” are people with self-interest. This commander wouldn’t be the first to throw one of his personnel under the bus to clear his name or advance his career. q.v. bureaucrats.

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