Navy SEALs Slam Obama Over Bin Laden Campaign Ad
In the wake of an advertisement praising President Barack Obama for the killing of Osama bin Laden, the actual people responsible for the killing have come public accusing Obama of using the killing as a campaigning point.
Dailymail.co.uk released a report yesterday speaking to several current and former members of the US Navy SEALS about the ad, which came out to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not over pat myself on the back for making the right call. I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision, but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort,” said former US Navy Commander Ryan Zinke. He added that he thought the Obama campaign was “positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition,” calling the move “predictable.”
An anonymous serving SEAL 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 his speechwriters are smart. But the more he tries to take 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.”
And I see this to be a very valid point. You never hear the coach of an NBA team saying he did something special when a buzzer-beater wins the game, and you certainly never hear a swing coach of a PGA player taking credit when a player wins the Masters, so why is the President and his campaign taking credit for a killing that happened on the opposite side of the globe in a war he didn’t start?
Does George W. Bush not get any credit here? Americans have had a fairly negative view of ‘W’ and how he handled things, especially when it had to do with war, but now Obama gets to take the credit because this happened under his watch even though Bush made the call to initiate the action.
One former SEAL was confident that Obama did not make the call himself. Chris Kyle said, “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.”
He’s gone, but he is just a figurehead. The War on Terror continues. [even though this administration has proclaimed the War on Terror Finished!]
Harsh words from a man who would seem to know how things work, seeing as he has 160 confirmed kills … READ MORE