The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call.
Obama used so much evasive language in his go-ahead, I’m surprised anyone knew what he was talking about.
The article is full of good points made by the rough men who stand ready to do violence on our behalf.
‘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.’
As Romney said, “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” Chris Kyle has one of the most sensible and enigmatic comments, casting our Dear Leader’s juvenile self-absorption into embarrassingly sharp relief:
‘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.’
His secret is safe. Huh. That’s an interesting comment. It seems that in the years to come, we’ll find out what a douchebag incompetent we had running this joint, but that that point, the damage will already have been done.
Thanks anyway, Special Forces community. The operators from all branches doing all those dangerous and unknowable things, thank you. You guys are all badasses. Every one of you.
To totally nerd out, I often think of our Special Forces guys are kind of like the Dunedain in Lord of the Rings. That makes us the hobbits. We don’t understand or appreciate the threats that are out there, we are resentful and suspicious of the rough men we see doing violence, we can’t put our stupid first world problems into perspective, (first world feminists fighting phantom first world wage discrepancies while schoolgirls suffer acid attacks in Afghanistan), and yet our Dunedain fight on. Of course we appreciate the SEALs and all they do, but there is a larger special forces community that is keeping us safe. All of them, awesome.
To all of them, thank you.
And for the record, I think Romney would have made the same decision, only much, much sooner.