Posted on | October 28, 2012 | 53 Comments
I had never seen or heard of Justice with Judge Jeanine, but this clip, apparently from last night, is succinct, on point, and brutal:
Deeper than the specifics of #Benghaziquiddick* is the leadership problem afoot here. You can overtly cripple the U.S. military with budget cuts. You can covertly cripple the U.S. military by trashing its morale.
On my first WESPAC cruise in 1989, we spent several days which were supposed to be a port call in Singapore carving circles in the water not far from that port. Why? A young deck seaman on one of the Knox-class frigates had gone overboard. Such tragedies occur for all manner of reasons, savory and less so. However, every squid in that battle group knew that, if it was them, the battle group was going to do precisely the same thing: make every reasonable effort to recover you alive, or at least recover you.
This notion of “never leaving a buddy” is pounded into every military head at every rank. Should you hold the privilege of commanding a unit, I perceive it counts double: you neither want to see a buddy left dangling in the breeze, and you really don’t want the anguish of explaining to the world why there was a death within you command.
Which brings us to our current Commander-in-Chief, #OccupyResoluteDesk. I don’t believe the principle of “never leaving a buddy” eluded George W. Bush, say whatever else you will of his policies. In contrast, you have the Obama White House needing to dispute a story that it sends form letters to families of the fallen. Wow.
The idea of a cowardly POTUS, whose ‘gutsy calls’ come only after excessive amounts of Hamlet-esque hand-wringing is staggering. If you don’t grasp the basic notion of “never-leave-a-buddy”, then you are not fit for the role of Commander-in-Chief at all. I would muster measurably more respect for BHO if it turned out he was a Machiavellian scoundrel who was using U.S. lives as hostage bait. Let Ambassador Stevens become a useful crisis for October, to own the news cycle, and freeze out Romney. In such a scenario, he’d do some grand deal around Halloween, and then victory laps until the election. One wishes for certainty that this was not the intent of Benghazi.
Now we see how, BHO’s lack of loyalty down turns into a lack of loyalty up. There exists a category of no-talent clown who thinks that rank or office is what matters, and fundamentals like “never leave a buddy” do not. Au contraire, mon fine French frere. Sir Blames-a-lot may point a finger, but the information leaks are going to continue to point back at him. Obama really isn’t anyone’s buddy, and he’s not actually getting left behind. At least not in the same sense as Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty. Yet the same callous indifference Obama offered Americans in a real-world crisis is being repaid him in spades.
Couldn’t happen to a more deserving piece of work.
Update: linked at Obi’s Sister.
*Don’t “-gate” it when there is a death toll.