Back in 2004, John Kerry ran as some kind of war hero. It didn't play well. We were inundated by the media portraying the man who married into money (twice) as a real-life Rambo who single-handedly beat back the Viet Cong and NVA. Not the man who sold out our good men who fought and died for their country he really was.
Those who served with him didn't see things quite that way and Swift Boat Veterans For truth was started to dismantle the false claims Kerry was making. In spite of the media self-imposed ban on reporting the swifties claims, they still trickled out and that, in conjunction with Rathergate and the fact that Kerry is completely devoid of a sense of humor, humility and personality sunk him.
Could this happen to Obama?
Here we sit on the verge of having two candidates who've never served our nation in uniform. There is no military angle to this...at least until today.
Meet Navy Commander Ryan Zinske--a special forces operator and former leader in SEAL Team 6. He's a state senator and has started a PAC to combat Obama's claims that he was the one who took down Osama and his reckless disregard for the safety of our special forces personnel who would rather not see their methods and strategies leaked to the press to make Obama look like a tough leader. Quoth Cdr. Zinske, a man who this country owes a debt it can never repay:
“The President has failed and he is jeopardizing the safety of our troops, their families and our National security for political gain. Obama has exposed the identity of special operations units, leaked classified information, and limited the rules of engagement of forces on the ground,” said Mr. Zinke. “For those who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, it is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.”This may well be a huge turning point in the campaign. While Americans were happy we got bin-Laden, the excessive victory laps by Obama and other liberals whose actions always showed disdain for the military did not endear him to the military and those who've served. We should never have known the details--at least not two minutes after the mission was completed. This was Obama letting the world know our special forces doctrine and planning and at this point, they are the most active part of our military in the War on Terror.
But no, to the Obama campaign and his supporters, it was all political. The fact that their gloating and victory dance may have or may well lead to the deaths of our men and women in uniform means nothing to them because they look at our military as a necessary evil that is expendable as long as the liberal leader sending them to battle can prop up his street cred. It was not a bold move to okay the mission (especially since he laid the final call on a subordinate so he could blame someone if it failed).
Anyone would have made the call and accepted responsibility if it failed like a man or humbly gave credit to those who were on the trigger side of the gun and put themselves in harms way. Instead we have had to hear pussy liberals tell us how brave Obama was in making the call.
I support Commander Zinske and hope he can survive the coming media garage he's about to face. But as a hardened hero who faced real men in combat, a bunch of weak-spined, beta male writers shouldn't be much of a problem.