I just read an article with that headline, posted by Conservative Bytes from the Atlantic Wire. Despite showing that the Atlantic Wire writer obviously doesn’t know that SEALs is an acronym for the Navy’s special forces SEa, Air and Land teams and should thererfore be all caps, whereas seals are furry and entertaining creatures to watch — except when being eaten by sharks, that is — the Atlantic Wire article is about the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, a group of former US Special Forces and intelligence officials, accusing President Obama of leaking vital national security secrets, which have been and are endangering clandestine methods, tactics and the lives of those conducting them in the name of our country, and taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
(And if you haven’t seen it yet, go to YouTube, look for “Dishonorable Disclosures” and watch it. It’s worth it. Then, send it to everybody you know.)
When the group launched its anti-Obama media campaign this past Wednesday, consisting of TV ads and a 22-minute film, it wasn’t clear if Obama officials would avoid a potentially messy confrontation or refute the military veterans publicly. We now know that Team Obama is not only confronting the vets publicly but also adding that it’s “the Republicans” who are behind it. Next, I guess we’ll hear how the-horns-protruding-from-their-foreheads Koch brothers are funding it. Liberals are excellent conspiracy theorists when it suits them. No facts, just conjecture and allegations.
Among other things, the article says, “…the 2004 John Kerry “Swift Boat” attack ads, which, however misleading, were painfully effective.”
“However misleading”? Seems I remember Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens offering a $1 million reward to anyone who could prove the Swift Boaters claims about war protestor John Kerry’s lies were untrue. And seems I remember no one was ever able to claim that reward, which was certainly a good incentive for anyone who had any proof at all.
Here, Team Obama prove they obviously haven’t learned the John Kerry lesson — don’t pick on the military, and especially not the elite parts of it. Kerry was only a Navy lieutenant who lied about his Vietnam war service for political gain. Obama being president and the current commander-in-chief only makes it worse, especially after he’s taken so much credit for what the Navy SEALs did, resulting from intel efforts started by Bush, in killing UBL — also for his own political gain.
Just as John Kerry rightly learned you don’t pick on Vietnam Swift Boaters who have their ducks in a row, Obama will learn that you pick on our Navy SEALs and a group of former, veteran intel experts at your own political peril. Think what other retired and still serving military members will think of this “war on our military.” Oh, that’s right, Team Obama is already moving to disenfranchise active duty military from absentee voting in the 2012 election, so why worry, right?
It would seem the Team Obama reelection campaign “strategy” is to personally attack and deride your opponents at every turn and to pander to small constituencies, like gays and public unions, and to minorities, like blacks and Hispanics, while attacking those whom they SAY they admire, like small business owners and our elite military veterans.
Paraphrasing Obama’s sound bite that he killed Osama bin Laden and saved General Motors, yes, Osama is still dead, but it was the SEALs who killed him, and GM still owes the American taxpayers millions which will likely never be repaid.
If that’s what you want to claim as success, Mr. President, although I realize you don’t have much else to point to after almost four years, good luck with that.