Talk has been heavy this week about America and what it does right and wrong after the president’s state of the union speech. It’s mostly been about what’s wrong.
So today, let's talk about something it does right. For all of the United States' missteps and misfortune, it's hard to dispute that our commandos -- particularly the Navy Seals -- are the best in the world.
As Barack Obama was preparing to give his speech Tuesday night, Seal Team 6, the much-lauded and revered group of men who killed the evil Osama bin Laden, was wrapping up another mission with a much lower profile. But to the people involved and their families, I'm sure it was just as important.
The Seals dropped into the lawless hellhole that is Somalia -- a country bursting at the seems with warlords and thugs and made infamous by images of Somalis dragging a dead U.S. serviceman through the streets -- and rescued two hostages from the clutches of kidnappers who may have also been pirates. In the process, the commandos rid the world of nine of these murderous trash-heaps.
That's the kind of news that makes me proud of America. For all of our whining and crying about all the things we do wrong, when it comes to saving the innocent and killing bad guys, you can't help but be in awe of our military ability sometimes. And I'll be honest, I don't care for 95 percent of the things Obama has done (or failed to do) as president. But when it comes to killing terrorists and scumbags, he gets an A+ in my book.
On Wednesday, the president said, "As commander in chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts."
Neither could I.
I met some Navy Seals once. I was a little intimidated, and that was just at some press event. They were not men you wanted looking at you from the other end of a gun. Each one of them looked like he meant business, and their commander looked like he invented meaning business. It's so comforting to know guys like that are on our side. More importantly, it's reassuring to know that the president won't hesitate to use them -- and they won't hesitate to go -- when they're needed. (So how about going easy on those defense cuts, Mr. President.)
It's also nice to hear it from the horse's mouth. On Wednesday, the president also said this: "The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice."
That doesn't bode well for you if you happen to be a Somali pirate or kidnapper, seeing as how another American -- a journalist -- was kidnapped this past weekend. In fact, I wouldn't give a plug nickel for the lives of all the pirates in Somalia. Remember the pirates the Seals took out with head shots in moving boats? These guys don't just kill pirates, they're good at it.
You'd think these thugs would get the message after the Seals have killed so many of them. You'd think they'd consider pursuing more lawful endeavors. They won't though.
But that's OK, Somali pirates. While you chew on those narcotic khat leaves and pat each other on the back about your latest crimes, Seal Team 6 is training on a better way to kill you. And more of you. So chew on that for awhile. Better yet, do something productive.
Like practicing ducking.
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