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  • Retired Gen. McChrystal: Trump's attacks on military service members are 'disturbing'

    11/28/2018 9:21:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 28, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday denounced President Trump's attacks on military service members, including the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and retired Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. "His discussions on Bill McRaven, as well as his previous discussions on John McCain and others have been something that’s deeply disturbing to a lot of thoughtful people,” McChrystal said on ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast. “The fact that he would take on people in this vitriolic manner, I think is pretty upsetting to people." "And the fact that he would be dismissive of the kinds...
  • RNC backs Trump attack on retired Navy Admiral William McRaven (Fox Fake Headline)

    11/20/2018 12:53:26 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Fox News via msn ^ | 19 Nov 2018 | Samuel Chamberlain
    The Republican National Committee Monday backed comments by President Trump that were critical of retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, best known for overseeing the Navy SEAL operation that resulted in the death of Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden. In a Twitter post from its official @GOP account, the RNC noted that McRaven "was reportedly on Hillary Clinton’s short list for Vice President in 2016. "He’s been critical of President @realDonaldTrump— even dating back to the 2016 campaign," the tweet added. "He’s hardly a non-political figure."
  • Architect of bin Laden raid: Trump 'threatens the Constitution' when he attacks the media

    11/19/2018 12:36:46 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 63 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | Mon November 19, 2018 | Jake Tapper
    Retired Adm. William McRaven on Sunday stood by his previous statement that President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media represent "the greatest threat to democracy" after the President dismissed him as a "Hillary Clinton backer" in an interview that aired on Fox News.
  • Trump dismisses criticism from Navy SEAL who led Osama bin Laden mission

    11/18/2018 3:56:04 PM PST · by quasimodo_79 · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/18 | Megan Keller
    "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace noted during a discussion with the president that William McRaven has said Trump's attacks on the media are the "greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime." Trump in response called McRaven a "Hillary Clinton fan" and "Obama-backer." "Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?" Trump asked. "You know, living — think of this — living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer. But living in Pakistan right...
  • Retired admiral who criticized Trump leaves Pentagon board

    09/16/2018 12:29:50 PM PDT · by JonnyFive · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/16/18 | Dom Calicchio
    A retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Usama bin Laden has resigned from a Defense Department advisory board, after criticizing President Trump's decision to revoke a former CIA director's security clearance. William McRaven, former head of U.S. Special Operations Command, left the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) on Aug. 20, Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said. That was four days after he wrote in the Washington Post that Trump's actions revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all,...
  • Reports: Bill McRaven resigns from Pentagon board after op-ed criticizing Trump

    09/14/2018 11:39:26 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 112 replies
    The Statesman ^ | 9/14/2018 | Katie Hall
    Bill McRaven, former chancellor of the University of Texas System and a current UT-Austin professor, resigned on Aug. 20 from the Pentagon’s technology advisory board, multiple news outlets reported Thursday. His resignation came four days after The Washington Post published an opinion piece he wrote that criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan. “Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation,” McRaven wrote. “If you think for a moment that your...
  • McRaven is No Admiral of Mine

    08/20/2018 10:01:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/18 | Jim O'Neill
    Oh, and President Trump--I would waste no time in granting McRaven's desire to have his security clearance revoked, he deserves the "honor." Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him. Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my...
  • An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven

    08/17/2018 6:00:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 17, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    Dear Admiral McRaven: Your OPED yesterday, which was picked up by every liberal media outlet in the country, was sadly indicative of the current state of mind of many of our nation’s recently retired and active duty senior military leaders. You stated that former CIA director John Brennan, “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.” The man whom you describe as being...
  • retired Air Force captain says Pentagon covered up real cause of deadly chopper crash

    04/20/2017 12:56:53 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 55 replies
    Circa News ^ | Apr. 18 , 2017 | Sara Carter
    A decorated retired Air Force officer who witnessed one of the most deadly attacks on Navy SEALs in U.S. history is breaking her silence, saying the government covered up evidence detailing that the 2011 downing of a Chinook helicopter gunship that killed 38 fighters in Afghanistan could have been prevented had it not been for restrictions to the military's rules of engagement that were changed under the Obama administration.
  • SEAL Team 6, Extortion 17 and what happened on America's deadliest day in Afghanistan

    10/25/2017 4:28:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/25/17 | David Tarrant
    On a moonless night, an Army Chinook helicopter swept low over the Tangi Valley, a strip of forbidding terrain in eastern Afghanistan teeming with Taliban and located just 35 miles south of Kabul. Among the 38 occupants inside the Chinook were some of the most highly trained and battle-seasoned fighters in the U.S. military, including 15 commandos from the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, the unit that three months earlier had killed Osama bin Laden. Their target was a Taliban commander responsible for ambushes and other attacks against U.S. and Afghan forces. Missions like this one to insert or remove an...
  • Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump (Adm. McRaven)

    08/16/2018 9:03:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 88 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 16, 2018 | CNN
    "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent," Brennan tweeted after the announcement. iam McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday, defending the former spy chief as "one of the finest public...
  • Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President

    08/16/2018 2:19:48 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/16/2018 | William H. McRaven
    <p>William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.</p> <p>Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.</p>
  • Legendary FBI Agent Carlos T. Fernandez Retires

    06/29/2017 12:18:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The legendary FBI agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division, Carlos T. Fernandez, is retiring after 21 years. Fernandez, 50, was posted in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after 9/11 and in Libya after Benghazi. He is joining Viacom as their global head of security at their Times Square headquarters. Insiders say the media giant has hired him to lead all of their security teams on a global basis, protect their offices and digital systems, and ensure the safety of Viacom staff and guests who attend their events.
  • Flashback - Obama vs. Adm. McRaven on Guantanamo Bay prison

    02/23/2016 11:12:00 AM PST · by Frankusa · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/30/2013
    President Obama's views on the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center - namely that the facility "does not advance our national security", but "undermines it" - runs counter to the views of [former] U.S Navy admiral and commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, William McRaven, who, when asked by Sen. Kelly Ayotte - during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing in June of 2011 - whether there was a need for a long-term detention & interrogation facility, like Guantanamo Bay, to gather vital intelligence information - replied in the affirmative, saying that a detention center of this nature is indeed "very...
  • The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces (Common Core to be applied to Navy SEALS, etc.)

    03/23/2014 5:56:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    DanielPipes.org ^ | Mar 23, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    I just had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a Council on Foreign Relations group at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Its commander, the famed Admiral William H. McRaven, started the briefing, followed by his staff. I expected to learn about Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and their air force and marine counterparts. I thought I would hear about the exploits of this 67,000-strong command operating in 84 countries, maybe even about the taking down of Osama bin Laden. But that was not to be. Instead, he and the other officers...
  • Email shows effort to shield bin Laden photos

    02/10/2014 11:19:44 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 26 replies
    AP-Yahoo ^ | Feb. 10 , 2014 | STEPHEN BRAUN
    A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's corpse or turn them over to the CIA. The email was obtained under a freedom of information request by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch. The document, released Monday by the group, shows that Adm. William McRaven, who heads the U.S. Special Operations Command, told military officers on May 13, 2011 that photos of bin Laden's remains should have been sent to the CIA or...
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • It's ADMIRAL McRaven, Mr President! Obama botches rank of top Navy SEAL

    Barack Obama has always been known for his silken words, soaring rhetoric and ability to use language to his advantage. Lately, however, the president seems to be losing command of the details. In a speech at a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday night, he took aim at Todd Akin, the political punch bag du jour on both sides of the political aisle. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2192643/Barack-Obama-botches-rank-Navy-SEAL-William-McRaven.html#ixzz24Qc40rT2
  • Do you call it: 'McRaven Gate'?

    05/08/2012 10:30:50 AM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    The scandalFMR Attorney General Mukasey: 'Highly Lawyered' Memo Would Have Blamed Failed OBL Raid on Navy Admiral... McRaven would have been the fall guy The Blaze - May 7, 2012Gutsy call? - The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven... even if this was some sort of attempt to make McRaven a fall guy. HotAir Apr 29, 2012
  • Arianna Huffington: President's bin Laden ad "despicable"

    04/30/2012 7:13:03 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    CBSNews ^ | 4/30/2012
    (CBS News) Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of the The Huffington Post, called the Obama campaign's decision to tout the assassination of Osama bin Laden in a campaign advertisement "despicable." The ad questions whether presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. "I don't think there should be an ad about that," Huffington said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of...