Medal of Honor and Benghazi
By Alan Smithee
On May 11, 2011, one of the proudest moments for our intelligence agencies, the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11/01, happened.
The Blaze reported on 8/14/13, by Dave Urbanski; “ The Stunning Thing Obama’s Former Bodyman (Reggie Love) Claims the President Did During Day of Bin Laden Raid….
the commander in chief played cards, games of spades, in fact, his former personal assistant Reggie Love recently told a UCLA forum.”
Today this frames, most probably with plausible accuracy, the events surrounding the Benghazi massacre in an entirely different light, more amateurish, the lack of consummate combat leadership and such a fog of governmental transparency that there is no spin reasonable, no need for the pompous leak, no argument that would justify exposing SEAL Team 6 to eternal danger by publically grandstanding.
Compare the individualism, a tale of two ethical universes, the reported consensus of a year’s of myriad, felt to be accumulated facts, that tragedy knighted “Benghazi” to a recent events, including the awarding of the Medal of Honor, to an exceptional patriot, Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter. Is this picture not the “Dorian Gray” portrait of this administration national security policy?
Self-proclaimed “whistleblower”, interchange with “Patriot”, and former diplomat in Tripoli at the time of the attack, Deputy Chief of Mission, Greg Hicks told Congressional investigators a sordid view of events that night. Why are there few “whistle blowers”?
Indeed, George Zornick reports, 5/10/13, Greg Hicks not only fits the profile of a whistleblower of integrity, but is also being unfairly retaliated against by his superiors. The unfortunate backdrop here is an administration with a troubling record of retribution against federal employees who speak out against errant official policy. Honor has a price. Integrity is scarce. We still have some who will pay it.
America may not have been able to change the outcome that day, nor was Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on his day in his crucible of battle able to affect greatly the combat zone body count, but Americans will always die trying, the cowardice of inaction is, in the words of Sec. of State Kerry, also a “morally obscene” option.
With Syria the focus now, 8/28/13, is this another tail wagging the dog?
The Iraq War, starting in 2003, just ten years ago, had 78 allies in the coalition of the willing, boots on the ground…now we have few or no “coalition of the willing”, a foreign policy vacuum, a fig leaf of narcissism, and the results of diplomatic incompetence.
“Time” magazine has President Obama as the “Unhappy Warrior”. When has he ever been a “warrior”, a man who has engaged or experienced in warfare, waging an armed conflict? Has he not delegated it all, out?
Has President Obama been back into a corner of a war of his own making, possibly the result of personal pride rather than national security? Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry, the opportunist, is more passionate about ideals he was embarrassed, reluctant to embrace, framed by the medals he threw over the fence, as far back a “Vietnam.” Contradicting his statements as a candidate for president, Sen. John Kerry claimed in a 1971 television interview that he threw away as many as nine of his combat medals to protest the war in Vietnam.” Doth he protest, now, too much……now?
It is John Kerry, not President Obama, who has delivered the most passionate case for conflict, “This act of war against Syria, it will not involve any boots on the ground, it will not be open ended and it will not assume responsibility for civil war that is already well underway”. Alas the wisdom of “Osama bin Laden is dead, General Motors is alive.”
From this administration we see the evil absence of hard headed rational analysis and an action plan with an exit strategy, all elements of conflict used to disabuse prior administration’s foreign policy. War never goes as planned, but to correct a course, one must have set a plan.
Few if any radical liberals, insane progressives or even “simple” Democrats can argue against the wisdom (?) of President Jimmy Carter, maybe they should have, who on 8/30/13 penned “A punitive military response without a U. N. (Useless Entity) Security Council mandate or broad support from NATO and the ARAB League would be illegal (sic) under international law and unlikely to alter the course of the war.”
The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 was awarded to Barack H. Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. At this point the Nobel Peace Prize committee is aware of the gross miscalculation of their emotional choice in 2009. The historical context, for some, has already widened from the worst presidency to a possible bad presidency.
Deep within the patriotic soul of America framed by Thomas Paine “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
How appropriate, Thomas Paine, even today, the failing jingoism from our Benghazi’s leaders as heroes died also, and yet the xenophobic lesson from Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter rekindles this noble country’s’ courage, authentic audacity, patriotism and faith.
Leaders appear when and where they are needed in our Republic. “Honor”, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
“Valor above and beyond the call of duty” exists on the battle field of human political and ethical commerce. President Harry S. Truman was as responsible for the atomic bombs, Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, followed by Fat Man over Nagasaki on 9 August, as responsible as the pilots of those planes. Those events were the “lesser” of two evils.
HUPP POST POLITICS; By Tom Raum 08/26/13 “President Barack Obama bestowed the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as “the essence of true heroism,” one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war.
Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier, resupply ammunition to his comrades and render first aid during intense fighting in a remote mountain outpost four years ago.
“As these soldiers and families will tell you, they’re a family forged in battle, and loss, and love,” Obama said as Carter stood at his side and members of his unit watched in the White House East Room. It must be arduous to admire and reverence “honor” and not totally embrace the meaning.
Then as an Army specialist, Carter sprinted from his barracks into a ferocious firefight, a day-long battle on Oct. 3, 2009, that killed eight of his fellow soldiers as they tried to defend their outpost – at the bottom of a valley and surrounded by high mountains – from the onslaught of a much larger force of Taliban and local fighters.”
What a lesson Army specialist Carter offered up to so many, in political and military roles of consequence, too many unworthy, need we remind them “we die trying to save Americans”.
Were we only able to paraphrase U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the lack of support for Benghazi again and always it had to be a “moral obscenity”; it is consistent, true and it is Syria.
President Obama has finally told the American public the U.S. should launch a military strike to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people last week. But first, he said, he’ll ask permission from Congress. And as we head to war!
To this soldier, Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who was subdued, humble and shy in receiving this honor, self-evaluated, as not wanting the honor for the cost it implied and that was real, for to him it was too great a price to pay.
It is the wisdom of President George W. Bush very recently, “As time passes, people forget the lessons of September 11,” Bush said. “One of the key lessons is the human condition elsewhere matters to the security of the United States.””
And yet America will survive as long as we have these loyalists, the moral progeny of Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter. Let’s remember “Pearl harbor”, as we remember “Benghazi”.
God bless the courage of Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter. Never let us forget our fallen heroes, all, the most recent fading memory, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone S. Woods, and Sean Smith.