Skip to comments.Spiking the Ball
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 wasnt 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 didnt 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 didnt 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 isnt 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 leaders 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 were ready to get back to work and step out of the limelight. They dont want to be continuously paraded around a global audience like a show dog.
Slow cramming the strawmen.
Link to video here...http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2880175/posts
A MUST see!
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...
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.
A Must see video Bump
You know what boggles my mind, and did when he started running for President, is the similarity between Osama and Obama’s names.............
Note also - they’ve also both got friends who bombed the Pentagon.
Must have been getting advice from the Sinkmeister.
Don’t think Obama knows what a cattle is :-)
You make an excellent point. Too bad nobody in the news media will make it.
And there my friend is why Hillary was handed “Secretary of State”.
RE: similarity in names
Even 0bama-biden sounds like osama binladen. I always thought that strange.
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.
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.