Secretary of Defense William Gates told a group of Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina that the Navy SEALs who took out Osama bin Laden were concerned about their safety and that of their families. And why wouldn’t they be? After all, the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death exposed President Obama’s inner circle, not for the first time, as inept and reckless in the responsibilities and priorities of leadership.
Mere days after the successful raid on bin Laden’s compound, Vice President Biden spontaneously announced the name of one of the men in charge of the SEALs team at a fundraiser in Washington, saying,
“Let me briefly acknowledge tonight’s distinguished honorees. Admiral James Stavridis is a, is the real deal. He can tell you more about and understands the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday.”
When I read that—typical of Biden, who is every bit as much of an embarrassment as a Vice-President as the media made certain that voters feared Sarah Palin would be— my first thought was, “The Admiral will have to go into the witness protection program.” Now the members of the SEAL team fear that their identities will be leaked too. I’d say that’s a very likely outcome. The leadership of the government, with the exception of Gates and intelligence personnel, have made it clear that they can’t be trusted not to put political strategy above national security and the lives of the heroes who gave them the opportunity for their “victory lap.”
“Well, you can’t blame them for being proud of what they accomplished,” I just heard a CNN newsreader gush, as he discussed the flood of details regarding the raid from the White House and various “anonymous sources.” “Can’t blame them”? Are they in Junior High School? They are charged with the duty, first and foremost, of protecting the welfare of America, Americans, and military personnel. Even if successfully resisting the urge to blab about the details of a military operation against terrorists costs Obama a couple of precious “bounce” points in the Gallup poll, we should still be able to trust our leaders to do it because that is politics and keeping us safe is their job.
We can’t trust them, however, and Gates himself proved this with a devastating admission. “Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the situation room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday – the next day,” he told the Marines.
What a devastating commentary on the priorities of the nation’s leaders. How pathetic, depressing and outrageous. People may very well die, including the families of the soldiers who risked their lives to eliminate a mass-murdering anti-American, because our highest elected and appointed leadership lack the competence, discipline, loyalty and sense to know when to keep their mouth’s shut.
To hell with “Hope and Change”…I’ll settle for responsibility and competence.