Posts Tagged ‘Navy SEALs’

An Obervation that Pains Me.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Before I dive into this topic, let me put it out there that, by any definition, I am a bleeding heart liberal. That’s going to matter to this post.

I have now read several memoires by US Navy SEALs. I’ve also read several non-fiction accounts about Navy SEALs. Here’s a partial list:

Fearless, by Eric Blehm. This is an account of the life and service of SEAL team 6 member Adam Brown, who was killed in action in 2010.

No Easy Day, by Mark Owen and Keven Maurer. This is an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

American Sniper, Jim DeFelice and Chris Kyle. The service of SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. An account of the mission that resulted in Luttrell being stranded in Pashtun territory.

Warrior Elite, by Dick Couch. Follows SEAL class 228

Warrior Soul, by Chuck Pfarrer, his account of his time as a SEAL and his service in Beruit and elsewhere.

I enjoyed every single one of these books, by the way. They help inform elements of my writing. (Well, yes, all my reading does this, but hey, some books are more insight-giving than others.)

But there’s a theme that gets sounded in every single one of them and it pains me.

In each of these books there is always mention (and in the case of Luttrell’s book CONSTANT mention) of how the liberal media and liberal elite hate SEALs and actively attempt to make their jobs harder. This blog post isn’t about whether there might be some people who do feel and act that way. There surely are.

What I want to say, as a bleeding heart liberal and someone whose education probably lands me in the “elite” category, is that not only do I not resent the military, I agree that a prepared military is necessary. There is evil in this world. There are governments, movements, heads of governments and heads of movements who are engaged in moral and ethical evil. I am not sorry that Osama bin Laden is dead. I regret that we live in a world where we haven’t figured out how to exist without violence, but that does not mean I don’t understand why people are moved to revolution or why a people or government have no choice but to pick up arms. I don’t advocate doing nothing when a government or movement is engaged in genocide or when the lives of women are given up to political expediency.

I think Teddy Roosevelt was right when he said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy cost the lives of millions.

I am profoundly grateful for the sacrifices and dedication of the men and women who serve in our military. They put their lives on the line every single day.

But I’m saddened by the apparent belief, as expressed in these books, that people like me don’t appreciate what Navy SEALs do. I’m even sorrier that somehow people like me have failed to make it known that we do not feel that way.

Believe me I do appreciate it. This blog is my opportunity to express my thanks and admiration to everyone in the military. Even as I wish war was unnecessary.

 

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I’ll be Buying This

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Author and former former commander of SEAL Team Six Chuck Pfarrer’s SEAL TARGET GERONIMO: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden, the only book based on the experiences of the SEALs involved in the assault as told to the author, as well as the larger story of how the SEALs studied bin Laden and his world, to Michael Flamini at St. Martin’s, at auction, for publication November 8, 2011, by Julia Lord at Julia Lord Literary (world). Film rights: RWSG

The book I read by Pfarrer was really good (about his SEAL experience) so this seems like the book to get if you’re interested in this sort of thing. And yeah, this is FAST turn around. I’m sure his agent told him to get writing and started pitching it right away. Not sure I’m ready for a film though. Maybe.

What do you think? Are you interested in reading this book? I have to say his credentials and his apparent access to the actual team members makes a difference for me.

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where does the time go?

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I actually have the answer. Time flies because it’s a hurry to join all your lost socks. They put on a great party, you see. And whenever time seems like it’s slowing down? That’s what happens when someone discards all their onesie-socks. The time-space continuum flexes when the missing socks are returned to the poor fool. Inevitably some other schmuck gets stuck in one of the creases. For him, or her, time inexplicably slows. This is most noticeable at the dentist’s office or fifteen minutes before it’s time to go home from someplace boring. Mostly we don’t notice. But it happens, I assure you.

What, you never read A Wrinkle in Time? I’m sure that was in there.

Working on Scandal. Not looking forward to going back to the day job.

And sorry, despite the tag, this post has nothing to do with Navy SEALs. I just wish it did because that would be better than just about anything, including fixing that wretched chapter 8. Plus, you know, why not think about Navy SEALs now and again? I’m sure it’s good for me.

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miscellanea

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Yes, I’m working on Magellan’s Witch. It’s slow going. Sigh. But I’m making progress.

Yesterday I read Warrior Elite, the making of SEAL class 228 by Dick Couch. It was a really good read. Sometimes I had to remind myself that I wasn’t reading fiction. Couch got permission to observe the class through to the end, and it was riveting. The attrition rate is incredible, and I got attached to some of the guys who, ultimately, didn’t make it. I’m almost at a loss for words to express my admiration for what these men go through. Amazing.

I think my only negative reaction is to the apparently obligatory apologia for why there’s no women in the SEALs. Honestly, men just don’t get it. The essential answer was, no women because even the ones who could hack it, it would destroy the chemistry. I do think that’s true, the chemistry, which demonstrably works, would be changed.

The issue isn’t really gender. It’s exclusion. So, why not train women separately? Why not take advantage of the things women do well and better than men? Upper body strength isn’t everything. You don’t need testosterone to be a good shot. And endurance is assuredly a desirable trait, no? I think more women would get through Hell week. And I think a woman’s typical excellence at multi-tasking should be leveraged. Interesting thoughts anyway.

And now, I want to gush about the Nintendo Wii. My son has one and I finally broke down and played Wii sports with him. What a blast! I was working up a sweat, by the way. Then we discovered that it has a mini-card slot (the kind that fits in an MP3 player or digital camera.) I quick snapped some pics, stuck in the card, and voila. Pictures that he could alter and play with. The Wii is fun, fun, fun!

Ok, back to work.

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