“It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world.” — Theodore Roosevelt
During the Second World War there were many posters promoting patriotism, our military and the war effort. One of the more popular posters, especially around military bases portrayed a sinking ship with the admonition “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships.” This warning was meant mainly for military personal cautioning them not to discuss where they were going and their departure date. The War Department was concerned that even the smallest bits of such information could be used by enemy agents to determine when convoys would be leaving the United States. This was especially true at the beginning of the war when German U-Boats were operating right off our Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
It came to light Monday that the thirty elite American troops (25 Navy SEALs) who were killed when their helicopter was attacked in Afghanistan were lured into a trap by the Taliban.
An Afghan official said, "Now it's confirmed that the helicopter was shot down and it was a trap that was set by a Taliban commander. The Taliban knew which route the helicopter would take."
How did the Taliban know? Who tipped off the Taliban? And who supplied the Taliban with the surface-to-air armaments?
I blame the President Obama.
I believe the loose lips of this reckless, incompetent fraud cost this group of elite Navy SEALs their lives. So obsessed was this poseur with taking credit for something that he didn't have the stomach for (and didn't want) that he ensured a U.S. sacrifice of incalculable proportions.
There were Navy SEALs from SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden, among those who were lost in the helicopter crash in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Back in May, Defense Secretary Gates said that releasing information about the raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed would threaten the safety of the Navy SEALs who were involved in that operation and their families. They would become targets for jihad terrorists.
So why was this information released? Why did the Obama administration leak the name of this SEAL team?
Obama should not have gotten on TV and made a big deal out of how he ordered the Navy Seals to get bin Laden and then visit then visit a Special Operations base with the press in tow. He even named the German Shepherd the SEALs had with them. Obama should have released the pictures of that jihadist monster and moved on. Instead, he gave him a proper Islamic burial and held back on proof for fear on insulting Islam.
Was this payback for Leon Panetta's revelation that the Navy SEALs, not the president, made the decision to kill Osama bin Laden? Who is taking revenge — the ISI, the Taliban, al Qaeda?
These are the questions that must be asked and answered by the Obama administration. But do not expect him to do it. Everything he has done since he has become President has confirmed that he is nothing but a chuck and jive community organizer who believes that if he shows his face around enough he can get what he wants — the transformation of America. (Latter in this post I will show you the proof)
In a characteristic move, Obama has banned the media from the return of the remains of these Navy SEALs to the U.S. Clearly, the visual of a parade of coffins, the images of the worst day in recent U.S. history, would not be an opportune Obama photo-op. Cold-blooded calculation.
And do not expect the press, whose job it is, to get to the truth of this matter. The mainstream media is nothing more than an activist propaganda machine that is actively working against the American people. It is the enemy's number-one arsenal in its war on America.
In 1964, during the Presidential campaign, the John Birch Society published a book entitled “None Dare Call It Treason” detailing the damage done to the United States by the Communist agents and their useful idiots in the press. The book was aimed at getting people to vote for Barry Goldwater. Although he book sold seven million copies and was widely touted Lyndon Johnson won the election and dragged us into Vietnam. Ann Coulter in her bestselling book “Treason” laid out a similar case, but with more documentation based on the release of the Venona Papers.
Obama’s action of spilling the beans over the Navy SEALs mission to get Osama bin Laden is not a mere example of his lose lips, but borders on treason. An investigation should be launched to determine who leaked what to whom and what information was leaked that allowed the Taliban to arrange the trap to kill the members of SEAL Team 6. Don’t ignore the fact that the SEALS were on a mission to rescue a group of Army Rangers who were trapped by the Taliban fighters. The Rangers were the bait for the trap.
The loss of these extraordinary warriors cannot be described. The pain and suffering are beyond mere words let alone the 250 man-years of training. Weep for the loss for the families and for our great and noble country.
This is one of those moments that tears at your heart. Matt Lauer interviewed the extraordinary family of Aaron Vaughn, a Navy SEAL Team Six member. Vaughn was one of the SEALs who was killed by jihadists in the largest single loss of life ever for SEAL Team Six, and the largest loss of life for American forces in a single event since the defensive action began after Islam's declaration of war on the America on September 11, 2001.
It was an incredible interview. What patriots, what strength — good, fine, and decent people, and to hear them speak of this huge loss was wrenching. Lauer is incapable of conducting an interview where he has no control of the script, but the family didn't hold back in describing how much their son loved G-d, loved our country, and believed that Islamic fundamentalism threatened the survival of our nation and civilization. Vaughn's father spoke of Islamic history and the threat that people remain painfully unaware of. It is rare that the truth breaks through the iron curtain of the media -- and look what it took in this case.
There should be a national day of mourning declared in the honor of these Navy SEALs, to remind all Americans of the devastating toll taken by the war declared on the West by Islamic jihad.
If the American people were doubtful about the manipulative nature of Barack Obama, his undignified behavior at the "dignified transfer" of the remains of 30 American troops killed by Taliban insurgents in the worst single loss of life in 10 years of the Afghan war should extinguish any remaining doubt. It's confirmed — Barack Obama is willing to disrespect the families of dead war heroes if doing so assists in his desperate bid for reelection.
After the tragedy in the "forested peaks" of Wardak Province, 60 miles southwest of Kabul, Pentagon officials had said that because 19 families of the deceased 30 soldiers objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images would be taken. The Pentagon was so emphatic about the sensitive nature of the event, they even "rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony but did not depict caskets."
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said that not even the photographers who generally accompany the Defense Secretary and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were permitted to attend. The Pentagon was committed to fully respecting the wishes of the fallen soldiers' families; they deferred to the bereaved and refrained from chronicling the event with official photos of the solemn occasion.
Ordinarily, if 11 out of 30 families didn't mind having the flag-draped caskets photographed, they could be, after which they'd be "ushered away" before the remains of any troops whose families were too devastated to want to be a public spectacle were unloaded from the plane.
The difference in this case was that when the nearly three dozen soldiers, 21 of whom were DevGru SEAL members, arrived from overseas, prior to being formally identified by Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, "any given case could contain the remains of troops whose families did not want coverage." So taking pictures was strictly prohibited.
What the Pentagon didn't anticipate was the President's falling poll numbers putting him in dire need of a good saluting-dead-soldiers photo op.
Unbeknownst to those caught up in that heartrending moment, a White House photographer accompanied the President to the ceremony — incognito. By that night, "an official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the 'Photo of the Day."
Don Wilson said he "did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public."
The snapshot portrayed "Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict the caskets." In an attempt to give Barack Obama the stature he lacks as a leader, the photo was shot against a gray sky, under the wing of an aircraft, outlining a saluting President from behind, standing ramrod straight, two heads above four other men whose hands were over their hearts.
The issue here is not whether Obama was saluting or not; it's that the President's unrelenting quest for attention was the sole reason that the crushed parents, brokenhearted wives, and confused children whose loved ones' bodies were rolled off a cargo plane into a concrete hanger were denied the simple request for a private moment of grief.
After the Navy SEALS successfully carried out Operation Neptune Spear and sent Osama bin Laden on a one-way journey to 72 Virginsville, the soldiers were uneasy about confidentiality and the details that were slowly leaked. The concern was how exposing the identities of the covert team could potentially impact the safety of the SEALs' families.
Now, upon the deaths of 21 of those Seal Team Six members, the President's narcissistic self-absorption has usurped honoring the express wishes of men lying silent within metal tombs who asked nothing from the country they died defending except that above all, family comes first.
Ironically, in March 2009, the Obama administration chose to reverse an 18-year-old moratorium, renewed by George W. Bush, that banned photographing the caskets of U.S. soldiers returning home from war. The newly-enacted Pentagon policy specified that, upon notification of a loved one's death, the "primary next of kin" has the right to make the "family decision regarding media access to dignified transfers at Dover."
By toting along a photojournalist to an event that banned photographs, Barack Obama, the man who approved the "primary next of kin" policy, decided once again to exempt himself from a rule he made for others. The President chose to disregard the wishes of 19 military families and violated a stipulation that was included with his authorization.
When asked about the picture, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that it was "carefully taken so that it did not show the cases containing remains." Which really means: We knew the families were against media coverage but the President made an executive decision to secretly attempt a tactful photo op.
Carney should have stopped there, but he kept on explaining — "In this case, the White House released the photo, in the interests of transparency, so that the American people could have as much insight as possible into this historic and sobering event." The President is so wary that he didn't even invite the press to his transparency award ceremony. The most opaque, non-transparent presidency in the history of the nation decided to be transparent on the one occasion when total discretion was of the essence.
If President Barack Obama wants to be transparent, maybe instead of invading the homecoming of dead war heroes with a hidden camera he could start with a more benign effort like releasing his college transcripts and following his own rules.