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.
It already has.
Also had info on who the admiral & others were who actually ran the operation & gave the order. Except in a very vague & general sense, it wasn't Obama.
IIRC, it was in yesterday’s or Saturday's Daily Mail. Not at home, so I can't search my browser history to find the reference right now.
> 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.
As a brother Swifty, I couldn’t agree with you more.
Those Who Worship him, such as Tom Hanks, would give up the Seal’s names and the names of their families for obama.
Isn’t it amazing what the Clintons will do for money?
I haven’t REALLY read this all...however, what I did skim...comes with this warning.
Put yer boots on first, cuz it gets thick....
You, Sir, are one great American! This Navy veteran salutes you, your service and your accomplishments. We did what we could, didn’t we.
I have to wonder what the backlash against obama would be if the Seals went public and were punished. I know the Seals would be slammed by the left but I wonder if at least 51% of America would support them.
Why shouldn’t the SEALs tell the truth about Obama?
Vietnam Veteran Here - NAVY SEALS KILLED OSAMA not WUSSY, Man-Boy Obamaumau.
VAW-116, aboard USS Coral Sea, Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 68-69
Kerry is a traitor--while still in the Navy he went to Paris to act as consultant to the enemy negotiators (North Vietnamese and VC). Then he tried to use his military service as a vote-getter in 2004 while his lackeys in the press were creating fake documents to use against President Bush.
I think he let Douglas Brinkley look at his military records--a shameless lickspittle for Democratic politicians who could be trusted not to reveal anything embarrassing.
I hope they go after him with a vengence.