Their Lives, Their Fortunes, and Their Sacred Honor: Spec Ops Warriors Stand Tall
In yet another instance of what is becoming a steady series of incredibly stupid misfires, the clueless Obama campaign has decided to adopt the tactics of that memorably successful Kerry campaign in dealing with criticism from the nation's military. Rather than man up and admit that he perhaps went a bit overboard in taking credit for the Osama raid, and that it's entirely possible that his White House has leaked critical intelligence, Obama is taking the same tack as the thoroughly torpedoed Kerry: attack his military critics by calling them dishonorable liars.
It didn't work for Kerry, and it's not going to work for the campaign of a man who, unlike the turncoat Kerry, has absolutely no military credentials to link him to veterans -- not even to that minority that leans left. It most assuredly is not going to work with that much larger group of veterans who tend to vote conservative but will vote for those candidates, regardless of party, who are supportive of the military.
But no, the Axelrod/Plouffe bubble factory, correctly believing that a large part of their Democrat Party is inherently anti-military, has chosen the hang-tough Kerry Gambit: deny, discredit, and dishonor. For those of you unfamiliar with what I'm referring to, the White House handling of the mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden back in 2011 has created a huge amount of displeasure and dissent within the multi-service special operations community, as well as within the overall military and veterans' communities. The president's quick rush to grab the glory with his I,I,I, me, me, me speech left a lot of active and former members of the military stone, frosty cold. As any general or admiral could tell you, top commanders, especially commanders-in-chief, do not rush to claim the glory. All credit goes to the warriors who carried out the missions, not the politicians and staff weenies involved in the upper-level planning.
Such a rush to snatch credit from the jaws of victory is unseemly and undignified to those who serve to protect this nation -- and especially so when the unseemly, undignified grabber of glory happens to be the commander of all our military forces, a position which demands dignity, gravitas, and a true understanding of the Warrior Code. Bush, a fighter pilot, had it; Clinton, a draft-dodger, did not; the guy there now and his Chicago advisers don't have the slightest clue.
But worse, in the eyes of those frontline and behind-the-lines warriors who have now posted their displeasure is the total disregard by this White House for operational security. The unseemly haste with which the Obama spin machine jumped in to blare to the world that Osama had been killed was a grievous intelligence error. In their eagerness to seize credit, the politicians in the White House deprived our nation and our forces of the intelligence that would normally flow from the capture of a terrorist headquarters: all the information contained there about our enemy's forces, their structure, their distribution/locations, their communications networks, and their finances. With one simple White House press release, all that hard-fought-for intelligence was lost. Forever. In claiming the glory, Obama insured that all that intel was end-of-story.
Subsequent leaks that raise the concerns of our military community are those that have exposed the Pakistani doctor who enabled our finding of Osama, intel regarding undercover operatives within Al Qaeda in Yemen, and the revelation that our C-in-C maintains an enemies list from which he magisterially fingers those to be killed. Then we have the leak, exposed in a positive manner at the New York Times that suggests White House cooperation, that it was the United States and Israel that attacked the Iranian nuclear program with the Stuxnet virus.
Absolutely everything listed in the previous paragraph was leaked to bolster the image of Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader. Everything in the preceding paragraph also constituted an incredibly stupid breach of operational security that, while glorifying Obama and supposedly enhancing his re-electability, endangered our country, the citizens of Israel, and all the military forces of the world engaged in the battle against militant Islamism.
So now that the military community has responded to the outrage of the commander-in-chief being the single largest security threat to military operations with a video which is a must-watch, the Obama administration, which seems hell-bent on following the Kerry trajectory, has singled out the special operations community for an honor that up to now has been bestowed only upon the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. As of today, according to Breitbart, the special operators behind that video and all who support them have been placed on the White House Enemies List. I can't begin to express how that leaves me, and I'm betting millions of military and veteran voters, feeling: honored, energized, empowered? Yeah, all those and more, but the most important feeling is the determination to throw this worst commander-in-chief ever out on his incompetent butt.
I salute the special operations community for having the courage to once again be that tip of the spear they famously pride themselves on being. I also salute them for their achieving the special honor of having become designated as an enemy of the White House and the extant Democrat Party. There should be a service ribbon for that accomplishment. May I suggest a scalloped gold frame surrounding a red, white, and blue background with a small gold jump boot, signifying each award for the bravery and honor of those who are willing to risk their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor to put a steel-toed jump boot up the soulless butts of those political snakes in Washington who would corrupt our military operations for nothing but political gain?
As an honorary member of the Swift Boat Veterans and, I would hope, the special operations community, I have only this to say:
Barack Obama, you totally bogus, phony commander-in-chief, consider this, then bring it on.