Not Feeling The Love For The Navy SEALs

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 1 month ago

First there was Operation Red Wings, which as I have stated I believe to have been cocky, arrogant, chaotic, ill-conceived, ill-planned, badly executed, badly supported, poorly coupled with any other branch of the service, and ultimately bad for morale.

Next, there is this from The New York Times.

Britt Slabinski could hear the bullets ricochet off the rocks in the darkness. It was the first firefight for his six-man reconnaissance unit from SEAL Team 6, and it was outnumbered, outgunned and taking casualties on an Afghan mountaintop.

A half-dozen feet or so to his right, John Chapman, an Air Force technical sergeant acting as the unit’s radioman, lay wounded in the snow. Mr. Slabinski, a senior chief petty officer, could see through his night-vision goggles an aiming laser from Sergeant Chapman’s rifle rising and falling with his breathing, a sign he was alive.

Then another of the Americans was struck in a furious exchange of grenades and machine-gun fire, and the chief realized that his team had to get off the peak immediately.

He looked back over at Sergeant Chapman. The laser was no longer moving, Chief Slabinski recalls, though he was not close enough to check the airman’s pulse. Chased by bullets that hit a second SEAL in the leg, the chief said, he crawled on top of the sergeant but could not detect any response, so he slid down the mountain face with the other men. When they reached temporary cover, one asked: “Where’s John? Where’s Chappy?” Chief Slabinski responded, “He’s dead.”

Now, more than 14 years after that brutal fight, in which seven Americans ultimately died, the Air Force says that Chief Slabinski was wrong — and that Sergeant Chapman not only was alive, but also fought on alone for more than an hour after the SEALs had retreated. The Air Force secretary is pushing for a Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award, after new technology used in an examination of videos from aircraft flying overhead helped officials conclude that the sergeant had killed two fighters with Al Qaeda — one in hand-to-hand combat — before dying in an attempt to protect arriving reinforcements.

Good Lord!  Whatever happened to no man left behind?  This is really dark, and is surely a blight on their reputation, with the reputation questionable in my opinion anyway.

Now there is something that apparently I’m late to, perhaps because I wasn’t watching closely enough.  It pertains to Marcus Luttrell.

If Marcus doesn’t understand the problem with universal background checks, then he is part of the problem rather than the solution.  If he can’t fathom an overextended federal executive infringing on God-given rights and liberties, then he needs to study history and philosophy before opening his mouth again.  This is the problem with making more of military heroism than is there.  He is a military hero.  He isn’t a political philosopher, theologian or veteran of the war of independence (which began over gun control as much as anything else).

Why am I not feeling the love for the Navy SEALs?


Comments

  1. On August 29, 2016 at 7:48 am, Onlooker from Troy said:

    Yes. Fools like this have been used as useful idiots by politicians since time immemorial. Dunning-Kruger also comes to mind.

  2. On August 29, 2016 at 9:27 am, Fred said:

    Just keep asking questions until the untrained, unprepared say something that supports your side. This is the ‘news’. NEVER TALK TO THE MEDIA. You’re not helping.

    And this is why I decided years ago that I choose individual liberty, every issue, every time, no matter what. Now I can no longer be co-opted into stepping off of my core belief. Even If I don’t like the issue I ask; does it make us free or slave?

  3. On August 29, 2016 at 12:18 pm, Archer said:

    Agreed. Everybody has that “single-issue” that’s most important to them, that they’ll fudge on everything else to support. For some it’s gun rights. Others, gun control. Still others, immigration or border security.

    For me, it’s individual liberty, which includes but is not limited to gun rights. Some might say that it’s too large to be a “single-issue”, but as all freedoms are interrelated, I disagree with that thought.

    Besides, as someone put it (and I’m paraphrasing), “The Bill of Rights is not a Chinese buffet, where you can pick and choose what you want and leave out what you don’t.”

    “Even If I don’t like the issue I ask; does it make us free or slave?”

    See also: Joe Huffman’s “Jews in the Attic” Test. It’s a good, simple litmus test over whether a proposed law should be supported or opposed.

  4. On August 30, 2016 at 1:35 pm, Jen said:

    Mmmmm…
    There is entirely too much USMIL/SOF groupie whoreship.
    There doin a Job, no more no less. There opinions are just that and hold no more water than any other American.
    If you want to know how tondestroy things and kill people, the Military and SOF might be the folks.
    But beyond that, there opinions hold nonmore water than yoursnor mine

  5. On August 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    ” … entirely too much USMIL/SOF groupie whoreship.” I have no earthly idea what you’re talking about. The article is critical to the point of being derogatory.

    I also recommend you do a quick proof for typos and run-on sentences before posting.

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