Active duty military personnel cannot speak out against deplorable practices of the executive branch of The United States of America. However, veterans, friends, and former intelligence operatives of America can speak out on their behalf. They are doing so now.
[This editorial is the sole opinion of its author and is not intended to represent the opinions of any other person or entity]
Every branch of The United States military was involved in the operation that ended the reign of Osama bin Laden, as were many men and women of the intelligence services. It is they to whom this post is dedicated.
Normally, MRC would not post a video longer than a few minutes. I made an exception due to the importance of the message of this one. I don’t believe most Americans understand the grave nature of what President Obama has allowed to occur from the White House. Please watch this video, especially the last half (see caption below they symbol of the Navy SEAL at bottom).
Quote from the video:
“If we tell a **** terrorist we are coming to get him, how we find him, who is coming, how we are going to do it, me or some of my friends are going to die.” (~ Anonymous SOF Operator)
The extent to which President Obama exploited the bin Laden operation first came to my attention in February upon reading a powerful op-ed by former Navy SEAL, Leif Babin (see post here). I have been researching the extensive leaks ever since. Later this video was produced by a veterans group denouncing President Obama for his glory run.
DUTY - HONOR - COUNTRY
The men and women of our armed forces and intelligence services, by oath, place their lives ahead of self interest and are committed to lay down their lives to save those working next to them and for their country. President Obama also gave an oath to protect the Constitution of The United States of America. It is obvious that by consistently allowing senior White House officials to leak methods of operations and other classified secrets for political gain, Mr. Obama is no longer fit to be Commander in Chief. For he alone has reduced his standing to pedantic politician. His motives are purely political now. Evidence: Since Labor Day 2011, he has spent virtually no time attempting to do his job as POTUS; rather he has been campaigning or resting (golfing) from his campaign ever since.
A true leader gives all the credit to those he or she leads. A true leader takes full responsibility for his failures under his charge. President Obama has done neither of these. President Obama is not a leader and never has been a leader in the classic definition of that word.
Thousands of dedicated women and men of America’s armed forces and intelligence services were involved in the bin Laden raid. I believe the caption below typifies the state of mind of these, our patriots, and all American service members:
Twitter handle of the Navy SEALs: @US_NavySEALs
***** Hat Tip to Mitchell for bringing the “Dishonorable Disclosures” mission to my attention! *****
Following is an outstanding description of the Navy SEAL by Tony Baron, President, Servant Leadership Institute, quoting two-star Admiral Dick Lyon. Click here ——>
I have never met a U.S. Navy SEAL that wasn’t a leader. So when I was invited by Bullfrog 1, two-star Admiral Dick Lyon, to attend a special session in Coronado to meet this special breed of warriors in action, I jumped at the opportunity provided by my friend. Dick, a graduate of Yale and Stanford, is the first Navy SEAL to achieve the rank of Admiral in the United States Navy. A world record holder and Olympic swimmer, Dick was part of the pre-SEAL team that was called the “Scouts and Raiders,” whose mission was to clear the beaches in Europe and provide reconnaissance and demolition of beach obstacles prior to island landings in the Pacific in World War II.
The Navy SEALs are physically fit young men with an uncommon desire to succeed in the midst of adversity. Their training is unparalleled in the world. Marked by an introductory 27 weeks of physical and mental conditioning, the future “Frogmen” receive six additional months of a U.S. Navy parachute course along with special warfare survival, escape, resistance, and evasion courses held in San Diego. The drop out rate is severe in the training. In a class of less than 200, I saw more than 25 helmets placed on the ground in a straight line, representing recruits that had already volunteered out within their first week in San Diego, and two men were standing next to them ready to drop their helmets because the training was too much for them.
Captain Bill Wilson, a Navy SEAL and lead trainer, spoke about the five qualities they look for in these young men in order for them to become Navy SEALs. He reminded me that the best kinds of leaders are Servant Leaders who willingly sacrifice for others for the greater good. The five qualities are:
Physical Courage: All of them, even the dropouts, are expert swimmers. They seek to discipline their bodies so they can achieve their mission. Fitness is not a goal for its own sake, but pursued for the sake of others. Their physical training, according to Capt. Wilson, is equivalent to swimming from Cuba to Florida, then running from Miami to New York City. They cannot allow their bodies to fail them for the mission.
Moral Courage: The Navy SEALs look for men with integrity. They know the difference between right and wrong, they understand sacrifice, responsibility, and honesty. They thrive on mental adversity, knowing that the right thing to do is the best thing to do regardless of circumstances. They live not as one, but as a community, willing to die for another.
Humility: The Trident is a symbol of that humility. In the Trident of a Navy SEAL, the majestic eagle has his head bowed. Without humility, the Navy SEAL knows he cannot learn. Without humility, the Navy SEAL in all likelihood will die on the battlefield. Humility helps them to learn and live to their full potential.
Creativity: The Navy SEALs expect innovation in problem solving. Their technical skills and tactical proficiencies are always challenged by the obstacles of life, so they must always be creative in giving full attention to details. They must know what it is the “box,” but must be willing to think outside the box to survive.
Team Ability: Every Navy SEAL, regardless of military rank, must be willing to lead and be led. An officer will submit to the expertise of a corporal. They all are courageous followers and courageous leaders who trust one another. They know that the lives of their teammates and the success of the mission depend upon being able to lead or be led.
The Navy SEALs are our guardians in America. They are always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. They all have that spark of determination that only grows through the tough times of battle, regardless of circumstances. In essence, they never give up because their character and honor are steadfast. As the U.S. Navy SEAL creed states, their word is their bond. In a day where most institutions are lowering their standards, this institution seeks to maintain their standards so we can live in the land of the free.
I salute you, Navy SEALs, for your sacrificial leadership and your steadfast commitments to your ideals that make me want to grow personally as a human being and as a Servant Leader. Thank you to Bullfrog 1, the former mayor of Oceanside, and much honored Navy SEAL, for teaching me something about servant leadership.
American Values: “In God We Trust” — “Liberty” — “E Pluribus Unum”
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