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Spiking the Ball
Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2012 | Bob Beauprez

Posted on 05/05/2012 4:05:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

Barack Obama's bragging about taking out Osama bin Laden has blown up in his face.  The recently released campaign video that includes a lengthy adulation of the President by Bill Clinton for choosing "the harder and more honorable path" – and suggesting Mitt Romney wouldn't have made the call - has drawn heavy criticism even from die-hard liberals.  

Arianna Huffington told CBS the "campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do."

Dan Turner, editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times called it "a low blow."

But, the harshest criticism has come from current and former Navy SEALs.  It was SEAL Team Six that pulled off the mission in Pakistan one year ago. 

Defying the normal silent deference regarding the Commander-in-Chief, the Daily Mail published a lengthy feature on Monday, April 30 quoting numerous former as well as current SEALs who are not at all happy with the President's "spiking the ball" for campaign benefits. 

Following are some excerpts:

A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.

‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’…

Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it. 

‘But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot."

‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’

Senior military figures have said that Admiral William McRaven, a former SEAL who was then head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the decision to take bin Laden out. Tactical decisions were delegated even further down the chain of command….

A former intelligence official who was serving in the US government when bin Laden was killed said that the Obama administration knew about the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts in October 2010 but delayed taking action and risked letting him escape….

Brandon Webb, a former SEAL who spent 13 years on active duty and served in Iraq and Afghanistan said…that many SEALs were dismayed about the amount of publicity the Obama administration had generated about SEAL Team Six, the very existence of which is highly classified.

‘The majority of the SEALs I know are really proud of the operation but it does become “OK, enough is enough – we’re ready to get back to work and step out of the limelight.” They don’t want to be continuously paraded around a global audience like a show dog.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
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1 posted on 05/05/2012 4:05:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Slow cramming the strawmen.


2 posted on 05/05/2012 4:18:44 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

3 posted on 05/05/2012 4:19:01 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Kaslin

Link to video here...http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2880175/posts

A MUST see!


4 posted on 05/05/2012 4:30:15 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Recon Dad

5 posted on 05/05/2012 4:31:15 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Kaslin
DIMS LEGACY

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6 posted on 05/05/2012 4:31:28 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Kaslin

Let’s get real....Osama should have been taken out by Bubba. 9-11 should have never happened. And we have no tie to any event where Osama has made the call. Nothing has changed since his death...if he was indeed taken out...


7 posted on 05/05/2012 4:38:54 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

I think it’s funny as hell that the man who refused to take out Osama Bin Laden three times brags on his buddy about how ,much courage it took to issue an order, that Obama didn’t even really issue.


8 posted on 05/05/2012 4:53:54 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Daffynition

A Must see video Bump


9 posted on 05/05/2012 5:06:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Venturer

You know what boggles my mind, and did when he started running for President, is the similarity between Osama and Obama’s names.............


10 posted on 05/05/2012 5:07:26 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Note also - they’ve also both got friends who bombed the Pentagon.


11 posted on 05/05/2012 5:10:29 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin
...the Obama administration knew about the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts in October 2010 but delayed taking action and risked letting him escape….

Must have been getting advice from the Sinkmeister.

12 posted on 05/05/2012 5:13:40 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Thank you.


13 posted on 05/05/2012 5:16:11 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: Recon Dad

Don’t think Obama knows what a cattle is :-)


14 posted on 05/05/2012 6:17:44 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Sacajaweau

You make an excellent point. Too bad nobody in the news media will make it.


15 posted on 05/05/2012 6:20:46 AM PDT by susannah59
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To: susannah59

And there my friend is why Hillary was handed “Secretary of State”.


16 posted on 05/05/2012 6:22:05 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: yldstrk

RE: similarity in names

Even 0bama-biden sounds like osama binladen. I always thought that strange.


17 posted on 05/05/2012 6:29:52 AM PDT by zeebee
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To: Kaslin
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MISSION TO KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN


18 posted on 05/05/2012 6:42:41 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Sacajaweau

Most unlikely that Obama or Clinton have ever been in an actual fist fight.
The cliche is no guts/no glory.

One of the bad parts of getting old, I have to keep my mouth shut.

Had my nose and hands broken, but I was there.


19 posted on 05/05/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Seems I recall that it was Pres. G.W. BUSH that gave the order to kill Osama Binladen, NOT Obama. When the standing President of the time, BUSH gave the order, that order was NEVER RECENDED. IMO, Bush’s order still stood. BinLaden had a price on his head, killed or captured. BUSH was and should be the one to get the real credit, along with Seal Team 6 of course.


20 posted on 05/05/2012 6:57:54 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin
Watch the video. Clinton says, "Suppose they(the Seals) would have been captured or killed. That would have been horrible for him."

Horrible for HIM! What about the Seals that would have been 'captured or killed'?

21 posted on 05/05/2012 7:08:34 AM PDT by sportutegrl (I gotta go puke, now.)
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To: Jeff Head

Great post. Thanks


22 posted on 05/05/2012 7:16:59 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: sportutegrl

Clinton wasn’t any different then 0bama. They are both narcissistic


23 posted on 05/05/2012 7:23:51 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Progov

Bump to the truth


24 posted on 05/05/2012 7:32:12 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: sportutegrl

Then we probably never would have known about the operation. It’s not like SEALS can take to a podium.


25 posted on 05/05/2012 8:45:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: sportutegrl

“What about the Seals that would have been ‘captured or killed’?”

Yes, it’s incredible isn’t it? How the heck did they let that line stay in there?


26 posted on 05/05/2012 9:26:30 AM PDT by jocon307
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