I don’t usually say this about folks in our military Special Operations community, as they tend to be fairly bright folks. The person in question in this case, in fact, was in SEAL Team 6/DEVGRU/Whatever its real name is, and was supposedly involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. So I know he isn’t a stupid man.
But seriously, I’m not even in the military and EVEN I know that, if you leave short of 20 years, you are not going to be eligible for retirement benefits.
As for whether he was the trigger man who shot Osama bin Laden, we may never know. Still, I believe Matt Bissonette’s story–chronicled in the book No Easy Day. The outcry against Bissonette has not been with regard to his accuracy, but rather his telling of the story. That tells me he is probably on the money.
Whoever this guy is who calls himself “The Shooter”, why can’t he go into security work. I hear that SEALs and Rangers and Special Operators–who leave the service–are fetching pretty high dollars in security work. I’d say that being a veteran of SEAL Team 6–which typically has the best of the best of the SEAL community–would carry an advantage going into such work.
The Korean War never really ended. Only a truce prevents the resumption of hostilities. Should those resume, it will be ugly all the way around, with high death tolls among our troops, the South Koreans, and the North Koreans. We could lose more troops in the first month of a resumed Korean War than we lost in the last ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And no one will win.
We will suffer because we lacked the determination to finish the job 60 years ago. Gen. Douglas MacArthur had the right strategy. We could have beaten China and Russia. It would have been ugly, but had we done the job then, there would have been no Vietnam, no Cultural Revolution in China, no slaughter in Cambodia, no Fidel Castro in Cuba, no Che Guevara, and the North Koreans would be part of a free Korea.
It would not have been the end of evil–countries have an uncanny habit of finding excuses to fight each other–but we would have slain the diabolical monster known as Marxist-Leninism, which has killed more people in peacetime than anything else in world history. But Truman lacked the stones.
And China will pay a huge price as well: without their active–and passive–aid of North Korea, MacArthur would have steamrolled North Korea. While we initially had a bad start in that war, we recovered well and were on the way to victory. That is, until China started sending troops across the Yalu River.
Now, China has to deal with a nuclear threat next door, which has a starving population and very unstable leadership in both military and executive levels.
So here we are today.
HT to Michael Yon. This is gold.
No Kum-Sok, also known as Kenneth Rowe, was ER’s father. I didn’t realize that he had written a book about his defection from North Korea.
I think we’re being way too easy on now-former CIA Director David Petraeus.
While the talking heads generally speak of his “honorable decision” to resign and take responsibility, color me contrarian:
(a) Petraeus should not have accepted the position of DCI in the first place;
(b) the Obama Administration badly fumbled by not vetting Petraeus before making him DCI. Had they properly checked his background, this affair would have been a disqualifier.
And no, I’m not moralizing, either. At the CIA, extramarital affairs can be a cause for the revocation of a security clearance. Such matters can be career-ending. “Honey-traps” are probably the oldest counterintelligence tools in the book. In the Bible, Samson was done in by Delilah.
While I realize that the Army is not a monastery, it is also a fact that an extramarital affair can be damaging–even career-ending–for a flag-level Officer. We have had officers knocked down a rank in retirement, and forced to retire at lower pay grades. Lower-level officers have been drummed out of the Service altogether, no retirement, no nothing.
Now, I’m not saying we need to un-retire the General and court-martial him. What I AM saying, though, is that this is a total failure by the Obama Administration.
(1) They should have done a thorough background check on then-Gen. Petraeus.
(2) Upon learning of the affair, they should have found a way to arrange his retirement from the Army, and passed on to someone else for the DCI position.
Hope it’s going well, but I noticed your blog has been removed.
Capt. Katie Petronio makes a very strong case against it.
My favorite part of the article:
No one questions why there aren’t any females in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc. Olympic athletes are the elite of the elite. No one questions why the women compete against women and men against men. Those are great sports and achievements. But lives and missions aren’t on the line. In our world, if you move slower one day, you don’t get bumped off the medal stand, you could die or get someone else killed.
No question about it. This isn’t about Title IX, or equal job/equal pay. War is not a sporting event.
The late Col. David Hackworth once said, “War is hell…real combat is a motherf***er!”
This is no place to be screwing around with some stupid “gender equity” experiment.
Poor Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey…he’s got to be having a stroke right about now.
These stories are normally amusing. Almost every time I go to a gun show, I come across some guy who tells of his Special Operator experiences in Vietnam.
“I killed people for the government. Slit their throats..” (Note: People who have done this, almost never speak of it.)
“I was a sniper in the Marines. Served with Carlos Hathcock. They kicked me out because I enjoyed killing too much.” (Notes: (1) All snipers are volunteers; (2) the military WANTS people who want to be snipers; (3) while would-be snipers must pass psychological testing, they won’t be penalized for “enjoying their work”.)
“I was a Navy SEAL for 7 years. Served in SEAL Team 6 in the 1970s.” (SEAL Team 6 was nonexistent until 1980. Today, it’s no longer called SEAL Team 6.)
“I am a secret Navy SEAL.” (These claims are not as common anymore, now that people are generally aware that there is no such thing as a “secret Navy SEAL”. Their missions are often secret; but there are no secret SEALs.)
What galls me about this particular case: it was a preacher making the claim, in the context of a sermon. He’s supposed to be presenting the Gospel: the work of The Truth, contrasted against the work of the father of all lies. And yet, as he contends for the truth, knowingly tells bald-faced lies.
The folks in that church need to be demanding some serious answers here. This is not a trivial matter.
Oh, and if anyone ever tells you he was a Navy SEAL, just ask him which BUD/S class he was in.