President Obama is in South Africa for his self-gratifying opportunity to get before cameras for the funeral of Nelson Mandela and shake Raul Castro’s hand. As we wrote Sunday evening, seems that British PM Margaret Thatcher was not deserving of his time or attention.It got me thinking of others who seemingly do not deserve President Obama’s time or attention. In the military we live by a code that defines our commitment to each other, an undying devotion of “Leave no Man Behind.”
In the Battle of Mogadishu, it was that code that drove American warriors, Rangers and Delta Force, to fight it out. It was that code that motivated two Delta Snipers, MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart, to drop into a hot zone, knowing that reinforcements would not be immediately sent, to secure and defend wounded 160th SOAR pilot CW3 Michael Durant. They willingly gave their lives in that last full measure of devotion, earning the nation’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor.We need a president who understands this code, instead of the personal code of narcissism. There are Americans still waiting for an American leader who understands the code embodied by Gordon and Shughart.
Consider Kenneth Bae who sits in North Korea — left behind.
In Iran, there are three Americans: Robert Levinson, Saeed Abedini, and Amir Hekmati left behind. In September this year during a call with the Iranian leader Rouhani, President Obama “noted” concern — and then proceeded to acquiesce to the Islamic totalitarian regime by lifting sanctions in the hope they would slow down their uranium enrichment.Then there is Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl still held by the Islamic terrorist Haqqani network, probably in Pakistan, in the same place where Osama Bin Laden was hiding. This past POW/MIA national day of recognition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated a pledge to secure the young Army NCO being held captive, but have there been any actions? Any time, attention, or even mention from the Commander-in-Chief? Nah, no camera highlights in it for him.
And speaking of Osama Bin Laden, Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who took the unimaginably courageous action of identifying the bin Laden compound, sits rotting in a Pakistani prison. I guess his plight is not popular with our president.
However, the most egregious incident of Barack Hussein Obama leaving Americans behind was when he decided his rest before a campaign trip to Las Vegas and Colorado was more important than an American Ambassador under attack. His personal comfort required more attention than two former US Navy SEALs who were fighting off a terrorist attack and saving American lives.To think these brave men who believed there was air support inbound as they were “lasing” targets, were then left to die is unconscionable — no, criminal.
Do not forget these names, Bae, Levinson, Abedini, Hekmati, Bergdahl, Afridi, or Stephens, Smith, Doherty and Woods for they deserve our time and attention. If Gordon and Shughart earned the Medal of Honor, Obama has certainly earned the Medal of Dishonor.
Mr. President, stay over in South Africa, perhaps they would appreciate your lack of leadership there.A real American president would board a C-17 and fly to these countries and demand these Americans be released — oops, I forgot a C-17 is not suitable for your highness.
What do you think? Do you accept President Obama ordering the American flag flying at half-mast for three days for Mandela, while he allows these men to be left behind?