Attn Navy SEALs – Don't Trust This Man!

To all Navy SEALs:
Don’t trust this man! See explanation below.
~Eowyn

Admiral William McCraven (photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)


reports for the New York Times, August 30, 2011, that, two weeks ago, Admiral William H. McRaven was promoted by Obama to be the new commander of American Special Operations forces.
McRaven is defending the use of commandos in a Navy Seals unit to back up a raid in Afghanistan on August 6 which ended in tragedy when a Chinook helicopter was shot down by the Talibans’ rocket-propelled grenade, killing all 38 people on board, including 17 Navy Seals. This was the greatest loss of American life on a single day in the Afghan war.
McRaven rejects criticism from some retired commandos and military analysts who have questioned how the operation was planned and carried out and whether it was an appropriate use of the vaunted Navy Seals. He insists “There was nothing unusual about this mission” and that planning for the operation was no different from other missions that had been carried out successfully, as many as a dozen on a typical night.
McRaven said he was awaiting the specific findings of Pentagon’s inquiry into the incident, but noted broadly that “this was one of 11 missions that night. We will do whatever it takes to help the nation win this war — and this mission was not unique.”
Some analysts have questioned why an elite Navy Seals strike team was assigned as mere backup for an Army Ranger raid on an insurgent cell, and why so many Special Operations personnel were aboard a single helicopter.
Admiral McRaven dismissed assertions that the most highly trained Navy and Army commando teams should be reserved solely for the most high-profile missions; he said they were regularly assigned to support commanders of units in a local area of combat if that contributed to the overall mission: “We have to be fungible as a force. And if we are not fungible as a force, then we are not of value. It is not unusual at all for Seals or Rangers or Army Special Operations forces to be part of a quick-reaction force, as in this case.”
Admiral McRaven also said that Chinook helicopters were used instead of the smaller, more agile, Black Hawks when a larger team was transported: “They [the Chinooks] are more than capable of doing this particular job. This was an appropriate use of that particular helicopter.”
Before his promotion, Admiral McRaven was in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command, a part of the overall command that oversees the missions of the military’s most highly trained strike units. McRaven held that post during the May 2 raid into Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, a success that was discussed publicly by senior administration officials even though it involved a Seals unit that in the past the Pentagon would not even confirm existed.
American Special Operations forces are assigned to more than 70 countries today. And while they account for only 3% of the military as a whole, they make up more than 7% of the forces assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan. The annual budget for the Special Operations Command is $9.8 billion, or 1.4% of Pentagon spending in 2011.
Their experience at hunting high-value insurgent and terrorist leaders, and their role in training the security forces of allied countries, make it likely that they will still be wanted in Iraq and Afghanistan after American conventional forces have withdrawn.
~Eowyn

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Tom in NC
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Tom in NC

As a veteran and like all patriotic Americans, I respect the military. I also know that like any other organization there are people who make bad decisions and that there are ones who are flat out incompetent (you need not look any further for an example than Obama) who will say or do anything to cover the trail of their incompetence. The real shame here is when someone like this screws up royally, brave men die.

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lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie

On August 20, 2011 Rev Manning of Atlah posted a video on his website, on Youtube and various other video hosting sites expressing the view that the Seals were assassinated by collusion of Obama to coverup the fact that the Bin Laden mission in Pakistan was bogus. I listened to it a day or two after it was posted. Since then, just before he starts speaking, the audio has mysteriously vanished. It’s definitely politically incorrect, as most of Rev Manning’s messages are, but this one must really be the hot potato the PTB do not want in wide circulation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WAQwD6Meq4

Dave
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Dave

I would like to see the House repubs start digging into all this Obama Killed Osama stuff, and soon.
This whole thing just reeks of steaming manure.
-Dave

trident86
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trident86

McRaven is one of the best SOF leaders in a long time. There is a lot more going on here than the armchair quarterbackers might realize, and it has nothing to do with a coverup. The guys were sent in for the right reasons, on the right platform, as they’ve been doing better than anyone else for over a decade. Sooner or later, a CH or MH-47 was going to get shot down, or crash due to mechanical failure, weather, etc. It’s a shame that this one was full of SEALs, but it would be just as tragic with any… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Funny that you are so eager to dismiss the very pertinent questions being raised about all this by so many with spec-ops experience.
-And they include members of my family,
-Dave

politicaljules
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Where is the part that says we should not trust him? Are you one of the ones trying to say the use of the word ‘Fungible’ is not appropriate, or is this just a random cooincidence of the misguided outrage against the leader of the team that took down Osama. Perhaps those that killed so many seals want to take down the Admiral’s credibility? It seems you are willing to contribute. Why? Admiral McRaven is a fine leader and was the head of the team that killed Osama Bin Laden. Which more than explains why the NYT is trying to… Read more »

politicaljules
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trident86,
Thank you for your support of Mcraven. I am shocked by the blogger being disrespectful by the “and you are who?” comment. Which possibly explains why she is contributing to discrediting the Admiral. I hope the rest of America is as outraged as you and I are at the disrespect of one of the finest and the most sucessful terrorist hunters of our lifetime.

Dave
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Dave

“…of one of the finest and the most sucessful terrorist hunters of our lifetime.”
Based on what evidence?
-Dave

politicaljules
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After seeing the way you stated your comment to trident it sounded rather snarky. If I am getting that wrong, my sincerest apologies. I do not understand the majesty comment or what you are referring to. I never indicated that questioning our nation’s finest was disrespectful. I referred to the comment. My son was barely 6 months old when he lost his father after 911, so please do not lecture me about sacrifice. We gave all, but I do not ask for anyone’s sympathy. Fortunately, my Navy veteran husband stepped in to our lives during a very difficult time to… Read more »

politicaljules
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dave, (note: the article says he is a 3 star general. He is now 4 star) Adm. William McRaven: The terrorist hunter on whose shoulders Osama bin Laden raid rested https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/adm-william-mcraven-the-terrorist-hunter-on-whose-shoulders-osama-bin-laden-raid-rested/2011/05/04/AFsEv4rF_story.html As U.S. helicopters secretly entered Pakistani airspace Sunday, the Joint Operations Center at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan was under the control of a square-jawed admiral from Texas who had labored for years to find Osama bin Laden’s elusive trail. Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, one of the most experienced terrorist hunters in the U.S. government, had tapped a special unit of Navy SEALs for the mission two months earlier.… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

I’m guessing that my military friends and relatives killed more Islamic goon terrorists by accident than this brass-sporting, desk driving suck-up of an admiral ever killed on purpose.
-Dave

Dave
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Dave

And why would any US military member who is truly loyal to their oath suck up to Obama in the first place?
You appear to be confused.
-Dave

politicaljules
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Looks like I have to apologize again. I apparently said, “I hope the rest of America is as outraged as you and I are at the disrespect of one of the finest and the most sucessful terrorist hunters of our lifetime.” Please continue to question the decisions of some of the finest heroes in our military today. You should see what it does for troop moral to have them come home to American’s questioning their efforts of to keep us safe. Especially the team that took down the greatest terror maker of our lifetime. My best friend’s husband committed suicide… Read more »

Dennis H. Bennett
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Dennis H. Bennett

My heart goes out to all who have suffered losses, in any setting. But my losses, especially in grief, can move me to idealizations that preserve the one lost AND make me vulnerable to their weaknesses. Especially with issues so “close to home”. Adm McCraven can just as easily be influenced by this dynamic. Most every one associated with the CIC is suspect, and this is, perhaps, the majority source for the questions around the SEALS deaths. I earnestly pray that Adm McCraven’s appointment is not seen as only as political grab for votes, but as an earnest respect for… Read more »

tina
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I agree Dennis.