Sunday, August 7, 2011

Did the 2012 Election Kill Seal Team 6?

America mourns the loss of heroes with the news of a "lucky shot" that took down 30 special forces in a helicopter at the end of a rescue mission in Afghanistan. Many of the personnel were members of the unit known as "SEAL Team 6." This is a tragedy that is gaining media coverage during a week of horrible economic news.

Some discussions of this tragic event have put the blame on the Obama administration. With no evidence of interference or leaks about the location of the SEAL unit, these are baseless accusations fueled by partisanship and loathing of the administration.  Obama has one accomplishment, the killing of Osama Bin Ladin through the efforts of our military and intelligence heroes. This accomplishment should not be unfairly tarnished.

Unfortunately, the security of "SEAL Team 6" was compromised by the Obama administration. A recent New York Times op ed article named "The Downgrade Blues" by Maureen Dowd chronicles the "'Mission Accomplished' glow" that the administration was targeting as a 2012 October surprise.

The White House is also counting on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal big-screen version of the killing of Bin Laden to counter Obama’s growing reputation as ineffectual. The Sony film by the Oscar-winning pair who made “The Hurt Locker” will no doubt reflect the president’s cool, gutsy decision against shaky odds. Just as Obamaland was hoping, the movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, 2012 — perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign that has grown tougher.

The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.  It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently — to the surprise of some military officers — at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero Seals.

It seems that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are examples of at least two people who were given inappropriate access to classified information. Two people surrounded by big mouth media agents, publicists and self-promoting and greedy associates. Two people granted access for political gain.

There is a reason that society values humble, hard working men and women who understand that "loose lips sink ships." Even if this breach of security is completely unrelated to the tragedy in Afghanistan, it looks and smells horrible. Our military personnel will not be happy with this information. Perception is reality in politics and national security.

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