6-year-old Michael Cooney, who has cerebral palsy, proves the doctors wrong and walks to greet his father returning from service overseas:
I’d love to add more commentary here, but really, there’s nothing to say except bravo.
Hard to disagree with this:
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill are challenging the U.S. military to rethink how it classifies terrorist attacks on U.S. soil after the Defense Department decided the 2009 attack at Fort Hood and the attack on a recruiting office in Arkansas were domestic killings rather than flash points in the global war on terrorism.
Those classifications mean the dozens who were wounded or killed at Fort Hood, Texas, and those killed or injured in Little Rock, Ark., were not eligible for Purple Heart medals — a ruling that House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter T. King and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman want to change.
Is it really a “gutsy call” if it takes you a year to make it?
General Jack Keane (Retired), the former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, told Mike Huckabee tonight that Barack Obama knew about Osama Bin Laden’s hideout since the summer of 2010. But Barack Obama refused to act for several months. He wanted absolute proof first that Osama was living there. It wasn’t until May of 2011 that he agreed to attack Bin Laden’s compound, almost a year later.
Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined the chorus of concern about the politicization of Osama bin Laden’s killing a year ago Tuesday.
The retired four-star admiral told NBC News that he worries “a great deal” that the bin Laden raid could become a political football this campaign season, although he did not specifically call out President Obama and his campaign for doing so.
Once again, we turn to the UK press to hear what the US leftymedia won’t tell us:
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.
According to a handwritten memo from then-CIA chief Leon Panetta, the closest thing Obama made to a “gutsy call” in the operation to “get” bin Laden was to put the whole thing in the hands of a Navy Admiral, one “Admiral McRaven,” which is almost certainly 4-star Admiral William H. McRaven, the Commanding Officer of the United States Special Operations Command.
Breitbart points out that even when making the “gutsy call,” he tried to ensure that he had a way to avoid any negative political fallout.
The memo puts all control in the hands of Admiral McRaven – the “timing, operational decision making and control” are all up to McRaven. So the notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.
The memo is crystal clear on that point. It says that the decision has been made based solely on the “risk profile presented to the President.” If any other risks – no matter how minute – arose, they were “to be brought back to the President for his consideration.” This is ludicrous. It is wiggle room. It was Obama’s way of carving out space for himself in case the mission went bad. If it did, he’d say that there were additional risks of which he hadn’t been informed; he’d been kept in the dark by his military leaders.
So, if everything went well — as it did — Obama would take the credit for the “gutsy call.” If it went sideways, he’d blame McRaven, saying the decorated Admiral was the one handling the operation, so everything is his fault.
This is pretty much what we’d expect from the President who voted “present” so many times in Congress. If anyone made a “gutsy call,” it was Admiral McRaven, so kudos to him.
UPDATE: Looks like Obama is even spiking the ball for Admiral McRaven’s touchdown! And he’s doing what he said he wouldn’t, too:
This latest ad contradicts President Obama’s own pledge after he took out bin Laden. “You know, we don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Obama told CBS soon after the terrorist mastermind had been taken out. He added: “Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football.”
With the Obama campaign’s latest ad, it’s pretty safe to say that the president is now OK with “trot[ting] out this stuff” and “spik[ing] the football,” as long as it helps him get reelected.
Shameless. That’s the only word for it.