I now know the meaning of the word "eviscerate"
That's going to leave a mark
Keep an eye on your six, IYKWIMAITYD
He's never going to be one who can lead a Seal Team raid or kill another man in a dark alley. He doesn't have to do those things. His gift is to get others to do those things for him.......and then take the credit.
He is a cold-blooded killer as long as it isn't him who does the killing. He really loves using the drones and Seals as assassins. As a pose for his base he forbids using stressful interrogation methods, but is gung ho for his surrogates blowing people away using.....and taking the credit.
This is a dangerous man - unless you meet him in a dark alley.......alone. Then he will use his dulcet tones, coolness factor, and tons of BS to turn you. If that fails, he will run away to find someone else to do his fighting.........so he can take the credit.
You are correct, sir, that the SEAL that took down bin Laden is not going to talk about it. Still, I'll probably hear from 30 or so guys over the rest of my life, down at the VFW telling about how they were with the SEAL team or were the shooter himself. Of course, that's how I know they'll be lying. The get a masquerade going about how they served and they can't help themselves but to embellish it until anyone with a DD214 can tell they never served a day in their lives. I never met a fake who was a Pvt, stateside on KP duty his whole enlistment. Every single one was an officer in some special unit that got orders directly from the POTUS himself, and now can't talk about the terrible stuff he did. Or course, if you buy him a beer and give him a few smokes, he might just consider you trustworthy enough to let loose a little talk about the time he killed General Ping at Ru Tai with a bootlace...
The never understand that CDR Dick Marcinko doesn't get a bigger welcome from us vets than SN Slipknot because it's not what you did, it's that you served and did your best, even if that was scrubbing the head every day for 4 years.
"Going from the golf course to your home, you exist in a bubble of protection formed by some of the finest, most highly trained and heavily armed whoremongers in the history of the world."
Well, that keyboard was getting on in years anyway...
Deep down, Commander-in-Chief O knows that a description of him like yours is who he really is. And it is him 'knowing' it, that will be an inescapable burden he will always bear.
As one of my commentors pointed out today: Lindsay Lohan would have given the approval to kill Bin Laden.
So there you have it: so simple Lindsay can do it. Move over caveman.
That is awesome. The truth hurts.
President Barney Fife.
You are a warrior of words Gerard. Your writing is your saber, your wit your bullets, this blog your big gun. To write what you have written here is braver than what Obama did by far.
I've never been one of those who believed in "running away to live to fight another day." Instead I'm more like those who believe in "running away to live to run away another day." I am like that also. You are courageous in knowing yourself,
being able to write, and not lying to self or others. I think we are both capable of doing violence to protect our kids and those we love.
As part of a college drill team, I went through a night obstacle course at Fort Dix, NJ and knew I was a coward.I made it,only b/c "there was no going back".
I've never had my metal tested, either. What I found so hilarious about Scrotus' ad is that it featured Bill Clinton narrating the brave Sir Robin's 'deed'. Clinton. Really? Isn't this the daring maverick who let Bin Laden get away? Who missed him 'by that much!' Whose wife said something along the lines: Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
I'd laugh at the irony, but my brain is too constipated.
If the mission had failed, we wouldn't have heard about it, and not because the WH would have "suppressed" it. I believe it has become SOP for Special Ops to not publicize failed attempts for security reasons.
My point is that this is another reason why it was not a "gutsy" call. There would have been no repercussions from a failed mission that no one would know about. Not even the NYT would have leaked it because they're in the tank for Obama.
That Photoshop job at the top of this article should be on billboards all along the highways of the battleground states.
I am frequent commenter here and 10-year blogger on military and other matters, but I am not giving my name this time.
Gerard, you are spot on with this post.
As someone who has discovered more than once whether I have the backbone to face potentially-lethal threats or danger (and I was both surprised and pleased to learn that I do), I think you are selling yourself short saying you are by nature cowardly.
The stakes at hand matter. Not long ago, after bedtime one evening, my wife was convinced she heard a person walking on our back deck, which is not far from our bedroom. So I arose, pulled on some shorts and grabbed the first weapon at hand, a Fairbairn-type dagger, and went to check it out. No one and nothing there, so back to bed.
But had I been alone, I probably would have stayed put (assuming I had heard the noise to begin with) and just monitored the situation. But you can't do that when your loved ones are at stake. You have to place your own mortal body between your loved ones and that which may bring them harm.
There is a qualitative difference between sensibly running away from a schoolyard bully and risking yourself to defend whom you love. I am sure, having read your blog for years, that you will know the difference if the time ever comes and will comport yourself accordingly.
Fear is not vanquished by courage but by love.
Excellent point. Thanks for those thoughts.
What Gerard said, Ntt.
Thanks for that. Powerful.
...on the rest,
After I saw Obama's campaign speech from a fortified base in Afghanistan, I was moved to go watch "Baracka Flocka Flame" on Youtube for about five iterations. That gave me perspective.
Move. To. Contact. And go from there.
Can't help it. It has always made perfectly good sense to me.
Re the cartoon: strangely enough it is unfair to Obama - he is perfectly capable of "repelling" - does it to me all the time. "Rappelling" from a helicopter... no way.
I've always been a physical coward."
'Physical Coward'? That says it all Gerard. I am certain that if you are 'called upon' (and you will know it deep in your heart whom I am referring to) you will not waver or run away. There are fates worse than death - and cowardice. In the meantime, I think your chosen calling is a much better fit for you that a Physical Warrior. An English King once said there are 3 kinds of men: those who fight, those who work and those who preach. Each are needed in their capacity and I am glad you are who you are.