Skip to comments.Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?
Posted on 05/01/2012 7:04:55 PM PDT by Signalman
Almost eight years ago, presidential candidate John Kerry accepted the Democratic nomination with the infamous line: Im John Kerry, and Im reporting for duty. His military service, in a war three decades old, became the centerpiece of his campaign.
Within weeks, the Republicans had turned what was seen as one of Kerrys strongest assets against him. Swift Boats Veterans for Truthwhich included over 200 Vietnam veterans, most who hadnt even served with Kerrysucceeded in raising doubts about the heroic narrative Kerry was selling. What seemingly started as a scratch turned into a sucking chest wound for his campaign.
Yesterday, the Obama campaign got clawed.
Drudge blasted the headline from London's Daily Mail: SEALS SLAM OBAMA FOR MAKING IT POLITICAL.
What was supposed to be an easy wina victory lap on the anniversary of Bin Ladens death, trumping up the presidents most militant momentappeared to be slipping away.
The frustrationor, even angerwithin the SEAL community is real, and has been brewing for months, particularly among a politically conservative core of operators. It started immediately after the raid, with questions among the Special Forces and intelligence community of whether the president should have waited to announce the kill to exploit the intelligence cache at Osamas compound. It simmered after a Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing 30 Americans, 22 of them Navy SEALs from Team Six.
Was it a coincidence, SEALs asked themselves, catastrophe hit Team Six so soon after being named as the team responsible for the killing?
The White House narrative on the Geronimo mission would soon come under scrutiny as well, after Chuck Pfarrer, a former member of Seal Team Six, published a book length account questioning the official version of the story. The controversial book was viciously attackeda JSOC spokesperson called it a fabricationand it was widely dismissed by the press.
What the pushback revealed, however, was an extreme sensitivity in the White House as to who would have the privilege to tell the Bin Laden story, best expressed in a compelling, if well stage-managed, story in the New Yorker. The piece recounted the Abbottabad raid based on interviews with senior administration and military officials, while imbuing the story with the drama of a SEALs eye view. Yet the author conceded he had not actually interviewed the men who did the shooting.
Over the past few days, Ive reached out to a number of SEALs, both active duty and former. Most active duty SEALs were reluctant to go on the record venting or praising their boss, but one of the most interesting responses I received from an operator was to direct me to Leif Babin, a SEAL who left active duty last year.
Babin, who runs the consulting firm Echelon Front, wrote a little noticed op-ed in Rupert Murdochs Wall Street Journal four months ago. The headline: OBAMA EXPLOITS THE NAVY SEALS. Babin took aim at the president and his advisors, writing: It is infuriating to see political gain put above the safety and security of our brave warriors and our long-term strategic goals.
Obama campaign officials say the decision to put the Bin Laden hit at the centerpiece of the re-elect effort is a no brainer. (It has featurd in the new "Forward" ad; Vice President Bidens speech last week; and a Davis Guggenheim documentary narrated by Tom Hanks.) The raid dispels the archetype of the supposedly weak Democrat; its reveals a moment of presidential decisiveness; and the successful killing of the aging terrorist in his Pakistani hideout, ten years after 9-11, a clear cut national triumph. It's a topic the Obama camp is all too happy to discuss, at any length.
But as the stagey outrage over the politicization of foreign policy from Mitt Romney and his Republican allies gained momentum over this past weekend, White House officials started to have their doubts. Was spiking the football, again, and again, and again, in a public such a good idea? Was it necessary? Was the campaign in Chicago, White House officials wondered, going too far?
Like Kerrys war record, the vulnerability to the presidents Bin Laden story isnt so much from the other side, as it from those who can claim the mantle of veteran. It wouldnt be surprising to see the website: navysealsagainstobama.com sprout up soon. Sure, military servicemen are accustomed to being exploited by both the left and the right. But that strategy can have its weaknesses, too. If the assault on the Bin Laden narrative continues, and if the anger expressed in private by the SEALs remains very public, the campaign might be forced to retreat.
At least Kerry had three purple hearts. Mostly for grains of rice in the butt, but still he had em.
As a Vietnam Veteran and contributor to the 2004 Swift Boat campaign against Kerry, Obama’s recent self-aggrandizement re: the killing of OBL makes me sick.
I hope the SEALS go after him. They’ll get my support.
We can only hope.
I certainly hope so.
“Will the Navy SEAL’s Swift Boat Obama?”
I am hoping....
I bet that it comes out they knew where Osama was and had internal fighting for 6-9 months about what to do. I personally think Leon Paneta gave the order behind Zer0’s back and informed him when it was already happening. Would Zero really play golf up till almost the take out if he knew?
If they do, they better know McCain will call them all liars. (not that they would care.)
sign the one-eight-oh
I just voiced that in another posting earlier, that I hope & pray the Navy Seals (former and/or present) go after this SOB RAT bastard commie pig 0dumb0 with a vengence. And that we throw him out of office in Nov 2012. Expose his lies and show him for the coward & muzzlie loving communist pig that he is. Including his phat ass, butt ass ugly man-wife, mabelle michelle!
Safety tip.... Don’t piss off the SEALS.
Actually yes he would. Remember, don't attribute any commonly held American virtues or principles to the RAT bastard commie-facist, muslim loving pig 0dumb0. His entire upbringing has been saturated with anti-American, anti-patriotic, communist, muslim indoctrination & belief. It continued for 20 years of anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Biblical ranting & raving in Jeremiah Wright's Satanic black-liberation
mosque church of anti-Christ.
That's the ranting answer to YES HE WOULD PLAY GOLF, IN FACT HE WOULD HAVE PLAYED RIGHT THROUGH THE ATTACK IF HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET AWAY WITH IT.
As a Vietnam Veteran and contributor to the 2004 Swift Boat campaign against Kerry, Obamas recent self-aggrandizement re: the killing of OBL makes me sick.
I hope the SEALS go after him. Theyll get my support.
As a Swift Boat Veteran, I too hope the SEALs form an opposition truth group. This girly man piece of crap makes me sick...and the stupidity of Billy Bob Bubba Clinton shooting his mouth off about what a hero Obozo is...what a joke.
All John Fraud Kerry had to do was sign Standard Form S180 releasing his entire military record for release DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, but he signed it for his own receipt and then released it, after removing all reference to his dishonorable discharge for participating in anti-war demonstrations in uniform, and Peanut Boy's pardon for same.
He demanded them. He petitioned for them.
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