Pentagon denounces politics of attack ad

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Aug 24, 2012.


    'Swift-Boating' Obama? Pentagon denounces politics of attack ad

    A group of former Special Operations Forces officers has criticized the White House for what it says were dangerous leaks of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Now, the US military is pushing back.

    The US military is pushing back against the campaign of a group of former Special Operations Forces officers who have spoken out against President Obama in what some have described as a latter-day “Swift Boat” campaign.

    The group in question is the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc. (OPSEC is short for operational security). It has criticized the White House for what it says were dangerous leaks of the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

    “As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy,” says Benjamin Smith, a Navy SEAL, in an Internet film the group has produced. “It will get Americans killed.”

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responded to the film, warning that using the uniform for partisan politics erodes the trust that people have in their military.

    “One of the things that marks us as a profession in a democracy is, it’s most important we remain apolitical,” he said Wednesday. “That’s how we maintain our trust with the American people. The American people don’t want us to become another special-interest group. In fact, I think that confuses them.”

    The OPSEC organizers in turn spoke out against Dempsey’s remarks. “We respect the Chairman’s views but as we are no longer on active duty we also appreciate our right to speak freely on issues we feel passionate about, including protecting those still in uniform from intelligence leaks and being used for partisan political purposes,” said Scott Taylor, president of OPSEC, in a statement.

    “Our nation has a very long history of former military figures continuing to serve the country through political activism, including 115 members of the current Congress and countless others,” he added.

    Dempsey rejected the actions of such groups as OPSEC, regardless of whether its members are retired or on active duty. “If someone uses the uniform for partisan politics, I’m disappointed in that,” he said.

    Some Special Operations Forces officers have had similar responses. For special operators to take part in political campaigns is “in violation of everything we’ve been taught, and the opposite of what we should be doing, which is being quiet professionals,” Army Special Forces Maj. Fernando Luján told the Associated Press.

    Unlike the largely passive response of John Kerry to so-called Swift Boaters in the 2004 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama has spoken out against the OPSEC group. “I don’t take these folks too seriously,” he told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper. “One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary.”

    He is referring to retired Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who has questioned the president’s birth in Hawaii and appears in the group’s Internet film.

    The group criticizes the president in particular for what it says was a politically motivated push to take credit for the bin Laden raid.

    Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Operations Command, which planned the raid, took on such criticisms in an interview last month with CNN, noting the great risks involved in the operation.

    “At the end of the day – make no mistake about it – it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden for this operation, that made the hard decisions, that was instrumental in the planning process,” he said, “because I pitched every plan to him.”
  2. OPSEC is obscene. 90,000 troops are in Afghanistan in harm's way and these guys are blasting our CIC. What kind of message does that send to the taliban and Al-Queda adherents? These OPSEC guys are traitors.
  3. Obvious +1
  4. It does not matter that you are obviously Odumbo freaks. The truth stands...those who ACTUALLY HAVE PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE do NOT like Odumbo's actions. Some kiss ass general can say whatever he would like, but THE TROOPS are saying that Odumbo is putting their lives at risk. Is that too difficult for you to understand? The SpecOps dudes obviously have courageously served (something Odumbo never did) and they are calling Odumbo out on his media hounding at the SpecOps troops' risks.

    I think one of the most ridiculous things here is the use of the words of "the general" to defend Odumbo. Go out and find me the guy who works at JP Morgan who is calling Jamie Dimon an a$$hole in public? You guys want to point out the BofA employee who is publicly calling Brian Moynihan a dipsh!t? Who woulda thunk?!?!? A general who serves Odumbo is backing up Odumbo?
  5. Hey , what's up with using logic against liberal idiot-ology?
    Don't you know "THAT"S RACIST!" :D :D

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  6. Lucrum


    Obvious +100
  7. dd214, you leave for one year, chicken hawk.
  8. DD214 and you get mocked for a year for not being able to distinguish between 22cal ammo and m-16 ammo. Thinking both weapons were the same.:D :D
  9. This is beyond pathetic. If those guys actually run those stupid ads after Labor Day, when it counts, all they'll do is remind everyone about Osama. How is that a good thing for the Republican chicken hawks?

    It's very simple: Obama got him. Bush didn't. End of story.
  10. You go with Lucrum, and it is clearly a deal, chicken hawk.
    #10     Aug 25, 2012