War & Peace

‘I’ And Rebuke

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By David Beilstein

MATT DRUDGE linked to a story in the New York Times about Naval Special Warfare Development Group member ‘Mark Owen’s‘ clarification of the Obama Administration’s version of events, which ended in Osama Bin Laden’s death, May 2, 2011.  In his controversial book, “No Easy Day”,  SEAL Team Six member ‘Mark Owen’ strays away from politics, but does evoke SEAL’s aversion to an Obama reelection.

President Obama’s infatuation with himself is reptilian. But it is understandable. It’s the only slice of his record he can brag about — the operation that killed mass murderer, Osama Bin laden. The good doctor, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, also weighed in here. It’s too soon to speculate whether this combustion of events will end up hurting President Obama electorally — but it’s not good. One does wonder, if we could get a reversal of 2004, where the President himself is swift-boated. No doubt, the swift-boaters peeled votes off haughty Sen. John Kerry’s tally. In a close election, that matters.

Whether or not this will be the case, I would be confident the President’s advisers are not pleased.

But this is the Obama administration’s fault. To my knowledge, George W. Bush never had to put up with this. While plenty disagreed with the former President’s military decisions, Bush never stole the hero applause from military personal or special forces operators.  Bush, it appeared, had no problem understanding he was not the man going through the door facing death. He honoured the men who served, not himself.  Bush knew his place — an intelligent land to claim the media never gave him credit for because they were too adamant a Yale and Harvard graduate with an MBA was beneath knowing what intelligence was.

In life, men who ‘have it’ typically scorn men who don’t really have it — especially when those men — or the President of the United States in this case — attempt to proclaim they do have it. Counterfeit guts and dishonour are not popular amidst the men sent to kill Osama Bin Laden.

On the one hand, this makes perfect sense. On the other, President Barack Obama does not have a lot to run a campaign on. Since former President George W. Bush did not capture or kill Osama Bin Laden, Obama and his team had to be salivating when the opportunity to whack Osama Bin laden announced itself. This carried over into their public need to talk about themselves — and their operation endlessly.

Obama faces a timeless problem hidden from him. His views and thoughts of himself are not universal. He has not accomplished in 50 years of life what Seal Team Six members — and many other Americans not in the military — have accomplished. These warriors embraced by shadow and darkness — men of type-A grit — are usually quiet men of reserve, seeking the comfort of silence and honour above pomp and braggadocio.

Obama’s egoist aura hasn’t afforded him to see that mentality as wisdom gained. The operation to kill Osama Bin Laden drifts into the past like all historical events … Nov. 6 approaches, quickly. It approaches now … slowly, possibly carrying with it the just desserts of Obama’s needless ego to put himself front and centre.

djbeilstein@myopera.com 

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