Julie Golsteyn’s husband, Matthew Golsteyn, was charged for killing a Taliban bombmaker while serving overseas — and she couldn’t be more disgusted by how he is being treated.
As IJR previously reported, Matthew Golsteyn was a Green Beret who completed several tours of duty in the Middle East. During one of his deployments, he killed a Taliban bombmaker who had created an explosive that had killed two American soldiers.
The problem with Golsteyn’s action was that the bombmaker wasn’t included on the kill list for that day’s mission.
Now, Golsteyn could face the death penalty for his decision to kill a Taliban bombmaker. Fortunately for the Golsteyn family, President Donald Trump is reviewing the case to see if the Green Beret’s actions require any punishment.
At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
As IJR noted, Golsteyn’s father, Jerry, believed that his son’s actions were being targeted because of the rules of engagement under the Obama administration — rules that Trump has been highly critical of.
Golsteyn’s wife spoke to Fox News about how grateful she is for the president’s review and how disgusted she is with the treatment of her husband.
“If no one in Army leadership is willing to step in, after all this time, and do the right thing, and it is up to the president, we thank him. We thank him for tweeting about it and getting it out there.”
Julie explained that the situation of the bombmaker’s killing has been misconstrued by a narrative put forward by the military’s investigator.
“There’s a lot of words going around that do not accurately describe this situation whatsoever, and that’s a big part of the problem. What is good for us is that we do have a transcript with the investigating agent, on the stand, under oath, saying that what he put forth in his narrative was a falsehood. And that has been perpetuated over and over.”
She said the mischaracterization of her husband is “disgusting.”
“This is absolutely disgusting how they’re portraying him as a cold-blooded murderer,” said Golsteyn.
She also made a blatant jab at the Obama administration, slamming the decisions made for Bowe Bergdahl and Chelsea Manning.
Bergdahl was a prisoner of war who was returned to the U.S. after former President Barack Obama released five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay. This was highly controversial after Bergdahl admitted that he had deserted his unit.
Manning released American secrets to Wikileaks, putting the lives of soldiers at risk. While in prison, Manning transitioned from male to female and Obama commuted her sentence, claiming it was excessive.
“This is the Army of Manning and Bergdahl,” said Golsteyn. “And if those are the kinds of people we want in the Army, that’s what we’re going to end up with because who are we going to have in our ranks if this is what we do to our good men.”