Maybe I got spoiled watching presidents from Nixon to GW Bush. I really want our president to go on TV and tell us about military operations and their objectives. We deserve it, specially those of us with sons in the military.
“The Administration has seemed reluctant to act forcefully against al Qaeda in Africa lest it undermine President Obama’s claim that the terror network is defeated. The raids are a tacit admission that Mr. Obama has been overselling victory, but we’re nonetheless glad to see the U.S. going back on offense.”
Al Qaeda is alive and well. It’s time for President Obama to admit it publicly and tell us that we are back on offense.
By rule, active duty military are not permitted to speak out publicly against their Commander in Chief. But contrary to what some are currently insisting, the return to “Freedom of Speech” comes with the retirement papers. After that, it is a right they, of all people, have earned. John Kerry more than openly exercised his free speech after returning from the Vietnam War.
In the last couple months a group of retired Navy SEALS and other Special Ops men have formed their own PAC (SOforAmerica) in the face of consistent and dangerous intel leaks from the Obama administration. They are outraged at the breach of security and the endangering of the war, missions, the CIA, and military members, not to mention civilians that work with our troops.
These former members of our military’s elite are being attacked as trying to “Swiftboat” Obama in this election. By the way, the Swiftboaters who spoke out against Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 election were correct. However, these men are speaking up for the currently active duty guys that are not permitted to. When asked about it Obama simply dismisses and tries to discredit them…
“I don’t take these folks too seriously,” the president said. “One of their members is a ‘birther’ who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary. You’ve got another who was a Tea Party candidate in a recent election … This kind of stuff springs up before election time.”