Gerard Vanderleun posts a proper and well-deserved evisceration of President Obama's "courage" in simply saying yes to the mission to take out Osama bin Laden.
Gutsy? Really? Let's review. Here's the "guts" it takes.Read the comments, like these two:
You knock off from a round of golf and make your way -- surrounded by armed guards -- into a building that sits at the center of a concentric series of defensive rings involving armor, artillery, the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines of the United States of America. Did I mention that your house, among many other things known and unknown, has a Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System installed on the roof? ...
... You take your seat in the corner like Little Jack Horner, and sort of hunch over while an admiral of the US Navy turns on a large screen TV and you watch whatever happens to come over the net.
When the TV show put on for you is over you knock off for the rest of the day and go upstairs for some refreshments. Then it's time to make an announcement and to begin to preen around the world. Your acolytes will abase themselves without shame. You will brag without shame.
On the far side of the world, Seal Team Six -- the men that got aboard the helicopters, rode them into a hostile nation at night, crashed one, ran into a building and shot the world's most wanted man dead and then got out -- will be, I trust, relaxing with a beer or two. The guy who pulled the trigger on the Islamic animal will have Seal bragging rights for the rest of his life. But guess what? He'll probably never use them.
As one of my commentors pointed out today: Lindsay Lohan would have given the approval to kill Bin Laden.And,
You are correct, sir, that the SEAL that took down bin Laden is not going to talk about it. Still, I'll probably hear from 30 or so guys over the rest of my life, down at the VFW telling about how they were with the SEAL team or were the shooter himself. Of course, that's how I know they'll be lying. The get a masquerade going about how they served and they can't help themselves but to embellish it until anyone with a DD214 can tell they never served a day in their lives. I never met a fake who was a Pvt, stateside on KP duty his whole enlistment. Every single one was an officer in some special unit that got orders directly from the POTUS himself, and now can't talk about the terrible stuff he did. Or course, if you buy him a beer and give him a few smokes, he might just consider you trustworthy enough to let loose a little talk about the time he killed General Ping at Ru Tai with a bootlace...
The never understand that CDR Dick Marcinko doesn't get a bigger welcome from us vets than SN Slipknot because it's not what you did, it's that you served and did your best, even if that was scrubbing the head every day for 4 years.