Here's the hero, passinthru:
Admiral McRaven was the guest of honor at this year's Hibernian Society St. Patrick's Day dinner in Savannah; just as with the Correspondent's Dinner, Admiral McRaven slipped into and out of town with no fanfare. It's just how he rolls.
I will give my kudos to the brave men who actually put boots on the ground. You know, SEALs.
By and large, they are modest, underspoken men.
Last night's event was no more or less tacky than G.W. Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech aboard an aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003. On May 1, 2003, Bush became the first sitting President to make an arrested landing in a fixed-wing aircraft on an aircraft carrier when he arrived in a Lockheed S-3 Viking, dubbed Navy One, as the carrier returned from combat operations in the Persian Gulf. He posed for photographs with pilots and members of the ship's crew while wearing a flight suit. A few hours later, he gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War. Far above him was the warship's banner stating "Mission Accomplished."
It's how presidents roll.
Let's all remember that most,if not all, of the members of Team 6 who were involved in the raid were killed in a helicopter explosion shortly thereafter.
Ironic or conspiracy?
Did the Commander-in-Chief remember that yesterday (Tuesday)? Has he reflected on that recently?
Thanks for the link, katieog. Adm. McRaven was responsible for organizing and executing the operation and there is no doubt that he, together with the anonymous Seal Team 6, are the real heroes.
George W’s embarrassment over the “Mission Accomplished” fiasco also falls into the category of political posturing, but just to correct you on one point if I may, he (GW) did not land the S-3B on the Lincoln, in fact he did not fly it at all except for a few minutes over the Pacific and under the control of his pilot. Not really surprising, as he had not flown a military plane in over thirty years. He later described the whole operation as “A big mistake”.
And you are right Walkie, there is a lot of controversy regarding how the Seals really died, some reports say that certain team members died in the stealth helicopter that was lost during the UBS raid but the official story is that no US Military were lost on the mission. The NATO Chinook that crashed a few weeks later losing all on board (38?) was, officially, where many members of Team 6 died. We may never know for certain but the conspiracy theories continue to thrive.
I don't remember the President mentioning any of this, but then he was pretty busy trying to score personal points.