Now I can write about it. Now the last of the three Navy Seals has been found not guilty at their court martial. Now I can say that this has to be the dumbest, most ridiculous action ever taken by the US Navy. Three brave, highly trained, efficient warriors have been subjected to a trial where they had to prove that they didn't mistreat a vicious killer who was also our avowed enemy during war time. To the Naval High Command, what in the hell were you thinking? Don't you morons know we are at war? What do you suppose happens on the real battle front? You who fight your wars from hidden war rooms and country clubs must think this is some sort of game. Well it isn't. The enemy really wants to kill us all. They really don't care anything about fairness or "rules". They are capable of lying and do. They don't wear any uniform or march under any particular flag. They are just rag tag killers who could care less about you or your "rules". The idea that these three Seals and also this country have been subjected to this embarrassment has been repugnant to me and most right thinking Americans. Shame on the US Navy, the young man who was the Navy's so-called star witness, and anyone else who participated in this fiasco.
To that very small minority who believe it is important that we, America, must show the world how fair we are and how we obey the rules and that we must prove that even our enemies have the right to sue us for anything we do in fighting a war which they started, I say to you that is ridiculous. Wake up. This is stupid. The only thing I want this bunch of militant religious maniacs to feel about us is fear. I want them to face every day believing that this is probably their last. When we put our warriors on trial for the silliest of reasons as was the case in this action, our enemy is laughing themselves silly. This does not induce fear in this group. It makes us look weak and further causes our enemy to believe that they actually have a chance of defeating us. What nonsense. They need to see the might and the fury of a country who is tired of all of it. They need to see what happens when you wake the sleeping bear.
I am going to make this column very short. I don't give a damn if the Seal hit this enemy in the lip and caused him to bleed. I hope he did. I don't care if he hurt him or otherwise caused him to have a bad day. Maybe it would be better for our troops to just eliminate these prisoners when they catch up with them. It would solve a lot of problems. If I were a soldier in the field that is the message this nonsense would be sending me. When I was in the Army we were told that it takes only one soldier to kill an enemy but it takes several to handle prisoners. Is that what the High Command wants? Are we prepared to lose any intelligence we may acquire?
Finally I want to say this. Either we are at war or we are not. If we are, then by all means let's get after it and bring it to an end. If we are not, let's just bring all our troops home and call it good. You can't have it both ways. My heartiest congratulations to the Navy Seals for their courage and their fighting ability. May they never face silliness like this again.
Ron Scarbro May 8, 2010
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