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Navy SEALs Slam Obama Over Comments

This is what happens when you "spike the football", Mr President. SEALs cite team effort, praise former administration and intelligence agents.

Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.





The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’.

In it President Bill Clinton is featured saying that Mr Obama took ‘the harder and the more honourable path’ in ordering that bin Laden be killed. The words ‘Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?’ are then displayed.





Besides the ad, the White House is marking the first anniversary of the SEAL Team Six raid that killed bin Laden inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan with a series of briefings and an NBC interview in the Situation Room designed to highlight the ‘gutsy call’ made by the President.




Mr Obama used a news conference today to trumpet his personal role and imply that his Republican opponent Mr Romney, who in 2008 expressed reservations about the wisdom of sending troops into Pakistan, would have let bin Laden live.





‘I said that I'd go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did,’ Mr Obama said. ‘If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it.’




Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call.





‘I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice - it was a broader team effort.’


Mr Zinke, who is now a Republican state senator in Montana, added that MR Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for his re-election bid. ‘The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.’





Mr Obama has faced criticism even from allies about his decision to make a campaign ad about the bin Laden raid. Arianna Huffington, an outspoken liberal who runs the left-leaning Huffington Post website, roundly condemned it.


She told CBS: ‘We should celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. It's one thing to have an NBC special from the Situation Room... all that to me is perfectly legitimate, but to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.’


Campaigning in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mr Romney responded to a shouted question by a reporter by saying: ‘Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.’





A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.





‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’





Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it.


‘But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.


‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’




Senior military figures have said that Admiral William McRaven, a former SEAL who was then head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the decision to take bin Laden out. Tactical decisions were delegated even further down the chain of command.





Mr Kyle added: ‘He's trying to say that Romney wouldn't have made the same call? Anyone who is patriotic to this country would have made that exact call, Democrat or Republican. Obama is taking more credit than he is due but it's going to get him some pretty good mileage.’


A former intelligence official who was serving in the US government when bin Laden was killed said that the Obama administration knew about the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts in October 2010 but delayed taking action and risked letting him escape.


‘In the end, Obama was forced to make a decision and do it. He knew that if he didn’t do it the political risks in not taking action were huge. Mitt Romney would have made the call but he would have made it earlier – as would George W. Bush.’





Brandon Webb, a former SEAL who spent 13 years on active duty and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said: ‘Bush should get partial credit for putting the system in place.





‘Obama inherited a very robust package with regards to special ops and the intelligence community. But Obama deserves credit because he got bin Laden – you can’t take that away from him.


‘My friends that work in Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that have been on video teleconferences with Obama on these kill or capture situations say that Obama has no issue whatsoever with making decisions and typically it's kill. He’s hitting the kill button every time. I have a lot of respect for him for that.’


But he said that many SEALs were dismayed about the amount of publicity the Obama administration had generated about SEAL Team Six, the very existence of which is highly classified.


‘The majority of the SEALs I know are really proud of the operation but it does become “OK, enough is enough – we’re ready to get back to work and step out of the limelight.” They don’t want to be continuously paraded around a global audience like a show dog.





‘Obama has a very good relationship with the Special Operations community at large, especially the SEALs, and it’s nice to see. We had the same relationship with George W. Bush when he was president.’


It was ‘stretching a little much’ for Mr Obama to suggest only he would have made the decision. ‘I personally I don't think Romney would have any problem making tough decisions. He got a very accomplished record of making decision as a business professional.


‘He may not have charisma but he clearly has leadership skills. I don’t think he'd have any problem taking that decision.’





Clint Bruce, who gave up the chance of an NFL career to serve as a SEAL officer before retiring as a lieutenant after nine years, said: ‘We were extremely surprised and discouraged by the publicity because it compromises the ability of those guys to operate.


‘It’s a waste of time to speculate about who would and wouldn’t have made that decision. It was a symphony of opportunity and intelligence that allowed this administration to give the green light. We want to acknowledge that they made that decision.


‘Politicians should let the public know where they stand on national security but not in the play-by-play, detailed way that has been done recently. The intricacies of national security should not become part of stump speeches.’



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137636/SEALs-slam-Obama-using-ammunition-bid-credit-bin-Laden-killing-election-campaign.html#ixzz1tabujneY



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  • Delta Force was ready,willing and able to turn Osama into mincemeat on a dark desert night in the late nineties but that little pansy-ass libtard bitch Bill Clinton chickened out like the little prick that he is.

    But he had no qualms at all about killing Americans back in the contiguous U.S. or Serbians in 1999 when they were fighting off the muslim hoardes. (For those of you that don't know,Serbians helped downed American pilots in WWII and were on the Allies' side)

    Now who is the real fuckin More..

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  • When Eisenhower gave the order to land at Normandy, the first thing he did was write a note accepting full and total responsibility if it failed, and put it in his pocket, just in case.
    All Obama had in his pocket was his unfinished scorecard from when they pulled him off the course and flew him back to already filled situation room to be told by Hillary that Bin laden was gonna die whether him and and Biden like it or not.

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    • @grunt Eisenhower didnt use his normandy invasion as a campaign slogan during his bid for presidency..

      bush didnt use his mission on the bombing of japan from a B17 from an aircraft carrier as an election slogan either...jfk didnt use his pt109 exp. during WWII as an election bid during his either...obama is a total failure on all accounts

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    • @buoymarker
      Dude, Kennedy had a PT Boat float in his parade.
      And everybody knew Ike went from a junior coronel to Supreme Commander Europe in less than 4 years.
      Bush'sstories about his Navy service were so well known that the Left accused him of cowardice for bailing out of his burning uncontrollable TBF and abandoning his gunner to die.
      And he did it whilebombing a island where the Japs ate all the American airmen prisoners in a ritual condoned by higher HQ.

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    • @grunt kennedy pt boat was in his inagural parade not election bid...

      Bush June 9, 1943, just three days before his 19th birthday, which made him the youngest naval aviator to that date...19yrs of age...Despite his plane being on fire, Bush completed his attack and released bombs over his target, scoring several damaging hits.[1] With his engine afire, Bush flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member on the TBM Avenger bailed out of the aircraft;[6] the other man's pa More..

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    • @buoymarker

      Did Dubya brag?

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    • @buoymarker

      Great details.

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  • What a bunch of bullshit.

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  • My respect and gratitude to the Navy Seals, doing what no other has been able to accomplish, rid the world of the murdering parasite. Anybody, and I mean anybody trying to take credit for that is full of shit. Unless they were the ones to literally put their lives on the line & pull the trigger, they should STFU.

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    • @denvergirl1963 Obama made some important political decisions that lead to this capture. He reminding the voting public of that is hardly some kind of absurd attempt to claim credit where credit isn't due.

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    • @BigDaddyHarrison
      Yea. Stop enhanced interrogation, close Gitmo, expose the identities of Intel officers, defund the military, negotiate with terrorists, and try Al Qaeda in NYC courts so his lawyer buddies don't have to travel while getting hundreds of millions to defend them at governemnt expense.

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  • Technically,Hitler never killed a jew in person so he isn't responsible for the holocaust as Obama isn't responsible for the death of OBL because he didn't shoot the gun that killed OBL.John Gotti didn't kill Paul Castellano,Truman wasn't responsible for the nuclear bombs on Japan,Lincoln deserves no credit for winning the civil war because he never fired a shot,and Osama Bin Laden wasn't responsible for 9/11 because he never crashed a plane into the wtc or pentagon.

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  • Obama is only doing what he does best; taking credit where none is due and NOT takling responsibilty when he should. He MUST BE REMOVED from the White House if this nation is to survive.

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    • @TOAORick

      Good thing Dubya never took credit for something he didn't do himself and always took responsibility.

      OH, WAIT...

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    • Hold on there man. I never said Bush was innocent. Obama IS the guy in the White House right now. We can't go back and change history but we SURELY can only WAKE THE F@#$ UP!!!

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  • If we had intel about Osama's whereabouts even before Obama became President,.then Obama "and" Bush dropped the ball,.
    we are letting our troops get killed for nothing,.and still are putting them in a unessasary conflict,.Afganistan used to be because we are after Osama,.
    now what is it?,.a war profiteers dream vacation?
    Both Presidents dropped the ball,.!
    we need real Leadership for once! Vote Ron Paul for some real American wisdom in the White House,.
    stop the foolishness,.STOP votin More..

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    • @SharkGuy i believe they both knew...as much money as we've given paki..i dont believe osama could be that invisible to be so close to a paki base and no one knew where he was....he was that Ace in the hole waiting for the right opportunity to 'capture'...obama is no better than bush...except bush like America

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  • It's true!

    Obama takes full credit for the killing as if he had done it himself-wrapped in the flag with a knife inbetween his teeth and despite numerous wounds, remembered the value of valour and cast down bin Laden in one fell stroke of his might hand!

    He used intelligence obtained by the Bush administration and then was simply the one who finished the job.

    He deserves credit for a gutsy decision, but he can't take all the credit and use it to get re-elected. That'snot fair to the SEALs.

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    • @cswartz well, ya know obama did train Rambo and teach chuck norris how to kick.

      obama parted the red sea for moses

      obama biult the pyramids

      obama saved the peruvian miners

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    • @buoymarker

      He certainly thinks of hismelf that way.

      And weren't the miners Chilean?

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    • @cswartz

      That Bush sure was a swell guy.

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    • @cswartz Where are you getting your info?

      1. Obama made the decision to start pursuing leads into Pakistan a risky maneuver that Romney said he would have been against.

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/apr/30/barack-obama/obama-ad-says-mitt-romneys-view-killing-bin-laden/

      2. Obama reassigned an entire task force that Bush had disbanded. He said himself that he was not concerned with Bin Laden. Now at least we can save face as we enter the ill conceived quagmire known as More..

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  • I would expect no less from any republican (in office), to comment like this so public.
    Besides, that, I genuinely thank you for your service.

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  • Too long to read lol.

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  • Who cares about what 2 murderers have to say?

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  • "But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.


    ‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the c More..

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    • @yorba

      I'm not familiar with how orders go down in any military hierarchy but are you suggesting that low rank officers have the authority to 'invade' a sovereign nation, kill its residents, take their corpses and leave without the commander in chief giving the order?

      If so, we're all in real trouble aren't we?


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  • "Obama has a very good relationship with the Special Operations community at large, especially the SEALs, and it’s nice to see. We had the same relationship with George W. Bush when he was president."

    It was ‘stretching a little much’ for Mr Obama to suggest only he would have made the decision. "I personally Idon't think Romney would have any problem making tough decisions. He got a very accomplished record of making decision as a business professional.

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    • @yorba You're completely right. Why, if Rmoney were in charge, he'd stick Osama in a dog crate and drive him down a highway on the roof of his car until Osama crapped himself. Then he'd hose him down and drive some more.

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    • @yorba
      It is also the height of playground forensics to argue what your opponent would or would not do in any given circumstance. For Romney, its not provable either way. State governors don't have the call to initiate special ops assaults very often. But then, what else would we expect from the big O and Co.?

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    • @hellgremlin i heard romney delivered the dog obama ate on that trip...po' seamus the irish setter....oh, obama is irish, right?

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    • @copperdog3 He specifically stated that he would not make Bin Laden a priority and that he would not pursue him into Pakistan.

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/apr/30/barack-obama/obama-ad-says-mitt-romneys-view-killing-bin-laden/

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    • @BigDaddyHarrison
      You should spend some time reading the links you use to support your argument.

      From the post you cited:

      "The Obama campaign is right that Romney used those words ["It's not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."], but by cherry-picking them, it glosses over comments describing his broader approach. Romney said he wanted to pursue all of al-Qaida, not just its leaders."

      Chasing and killing one isol More..

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  • Bin Laden is dead but idiots like this poster are doing far more to keep him alive than is the President.

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  • Shit, a Daily Mail article. That's the height of journalistic quality.

    The Daily Mail, I should remind y'all, was the paper that printed the "muslims get to have sex with their dead wives" story last week. This story also happens to cite Chris Kyle, the guy who lied about punching Jesse Ventura in a bar-fight.

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    • @hellgremlin Obama is a scum bag, a hyena, and a lying opportunist. You supporting him using the SEALs makes you a supporter of lying, opportunistic hyenas.

      When you have nothing to say, attack the poster and the article. Priceless. We have succeeded in exposing Obama for what he is, now get back to bed and put on your Michelle and Barrack pajamas.

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    • @hellgremlin Here's another one...attack this publication next? It's all coming out now. Why? Because Obama did exactly what Obama said he wasn't going to do, and that is "spike the football." Bu then again, we're al kind of used to Obama's bullshit lies after almost 4 years now, aren't we?

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-path-to-osama-bin-ladens-death-didnt-start-with-obama/2012/04/30/gIQAfFmdsT_story.html

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    • @yorba Yeah... damn that Obama and his constant lying...

      So hey, good thing we stopped Iraq from deploying all those WMDs eh?

      OH WAIT.

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    • @hellgremlin Who "lied" about WMDs? Hillary and Biden? They voted as congressmen to invade Iraq, since standing Presidents can't go to war on their own. Try something else that hasn't been ridden hard and put away wet. And yes, Obama lies like a Persian carpet, just do a little research on your health insurance and the prospects of "oh yeah, you can keep your doctor" bullshit from Obama's mouth and how cheap it's all going to be. Damn lies, all of it.

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    • @yorba They may have voted as congressmen, but the final call lay with THE DECIDER, GeeDubya!

      That's why Iraq is Bush's war, while Osama is Obama's achievement. The guy up top takes the credit, for better or for worse. Sorry mate, it's just how history works :)

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  • The source on this story is one of those trash newspapers in the U.K. Much like the ones Rupert Murdick controls.

    Active SEALS would never make comments about or against their Commander-in-Chief.

    This is an insult to the SEALS.

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    • @downhill2400 This is a very thinly disguised attempt to take credit for the elimination of Bin Laden away from this President. Basic bullshit.

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    • @downhill2400
      Why wouldn't they, because they might get kicked out without a Honorable Discharge like that decorated marine Sgt did a few days ago?
      To Obama Military are only a backdrop for speeches where he tell the "American People" that the wars the troops are fighting are unjust, illegal, and he is defunding them in favor of Windmills and Welafre to lazy ex convicts and illegals.

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    • @downhill2400
      Did the President shoot him? Was the President there? Did the President ever serve in Uniform? No.
      Did the President attack the Intel People who got the information that made this possible? Was the President playing golf while others made the decision to go whether he liked it or not. Does the President and his administration hate the Military and it's personnel? Yes.

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    • @grunt Did anybody actually expect the President to be "there" or to "shoot" him? Does anybody expect the President of the United States to actually NOT delegate authority? This President has brought home tens' of thousands of troops from Iraq and will do the same with Afghanistan. Does he hate the military? Do you mean like Rumsfeld and Cheney (both delegated by Bush)? Remember Rumsfeld explaining why our boys went into Iraq without up-armoured vehicles by saying "you g More..

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    • @grunt The regulations and laws governing the conduct of military personnel has existed for a couple hundred years now. Any person who is either drafted or volunteers to serve learns very early in their basic training what their legal responsibilities are. Even the President of the United States cannot circumvent those laws without due process.

      Regarding your contention that the President (your words) "where he tell the "American People" that the wars the troops are fighting are More..

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  • Some Navy SEALs criticize Obama. And you Republican dueche bags will bitch about anything. For months you've been spouting that the President is weak on foreign policy. Then when he tries to list his accomplishments, he's "politicizing" current events. And at least he didn't make his Bin Laden announcement on the deck of an aircraft carrier in a fucking flight suit. Republicans are officially the new whiner party.

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  • Are these the same SEALs that starred in a MOVIE ??? Whatever Yorba you ass.

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    • @ggppgg theres roughly 4000 US Navy Seals.

      im sure they were not from 6.
      since thats now known as DEVGRU, who work alongside delta and marsoc.

      Rangers, Airborne, CCs, Recon, Navy Seals < DEVGRU, Delta, MARSOC

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    • @ggppgg the seals are not allowed to show who they are for security reasons...this 'movie' was done with the backing of your king...he has breached their security..any responsible leader would not have given permission to put these guys and their families in danger by exposing their identity.

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    • @Ohyawellfuku

      That Kyle - character is parading his book all over the place claiming he hit Jesse Ventura which looks like a lie.

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