Tuesday, May 03, 2011

SEAL of Approval


Just wanted to mention a couple of things about the SEAL team that took out bin Laden.

First of all my father was a SEAL, and what's interesting is that he really fits the profile of the members of the storied and mysterious Team Six: he's not gung-ho and never has been; on the contrary he's very cerebral and methodical, almost to the point of being -- as my friends in high school used to joke -- kind of Vulcan. He notices everything going on around him at all times and whenever you spend time with him you get the impression that he's never letting his guard down. Oh, and he's a dead shot. Seeing what these guys are capable of -- what their training can do when put into action -- makes me very proud of who they are, that they're on our side, and of course, that my dad can count himself among their veterans.

Second, finding out that this particular SEAL team is the same one that took out those three Somali pirates back in April of 2009 -- with one shot each from three snipers -- just gives me a visceral thrill. Sorry, I get that the death of anyone is at least somewhat tragic and all that. But once again, these guys are absolute bad-asses -- and they're ours.

Rangers lead the way and the Deltas liberate the oppressed -- but when you want the most dangerous people in the world to die never knowing where the fuck that shot came from, you call in the SEALs.

13 comments:

Jeff said...

Completely Bad-ass. I was on my college campus and whenever some guy who clearly thought he was awesome walked by all I could think was "could you inflitrate the compound of the worlds most wanted man without sustaining a single casualty?" - no you could not. Never mind the fact that I couldn't either

Matt Osborne said...

Actually, I've met "black hats" of all description, and NONE of them is a cocky gung-ho movie character. Let me take a wild guess and say that your dad is MORE dangerous when he gets quiet?

e said...

Yea it's hard not to be in awe of 3 simultaneous sniper shots, or a tactical raid on a compound.

And this sums up the tragedy component, http://www.theonion.com/articles/violent-death-of-human-being-terrific-news-for-onc,20294/

Chez said...

Absolutely, Matt -- and his disposition is generally very quiet.

lakelady said...

please pass on a "thank you" to your Dad from me. And I think from all of us as well.

Venancio said...

I knew your father when you and my daughter were in High School and yes he is the silent type, never knew he was an ex SEAL but I remember his awareness of everything about him and the quiet matter of fact determined behavior. In my years working for the DOD I have met quite a few SEALS and they do fit that profile, personally I want them on my side and I am glad they are there to protect our nation.
My hat off to them.

L. said...

This is another one of those times where I am infinitely grateful there are people who have the talent and fortitude to be in the military.

If the world was full of twitchy pussies like me, there would never be a single successful military effort or operation. I get all nervous playing certain bits of video games, I certainly couldn't be trusted to play even a minor supporting role in something like this.

For all the accusations of people with liberal viewpoints not supporting the military, I am certainly very grateful they exist and in the overwhelming majority of cases do an excellent job without a great deal of fanfare. They are better people than me.

Anonymous said...

Few people in the world could really appreciate the pirate kill because there are so very few the could make that shot.

Go back and look at the conditions. Truly amazing that one kill was made; but three is just unreal.

The Bacon said...

Knowing you come from the loins of a Navy Seal is probably pretty fucking cool.

Anonymous said...

I have a second cousin that is a SEAL and trains men to becomes SEALs. He was proud of those men, mostly b/c he trained a few of them.

em said...

I know a Navy Seal. The best part about him (apart from the fact that he is just absolutely fucking cool) is the fact that he looked totally unassuming. 5'7", pretty nondescript, built but not overly so. Oh, and he could listen to you talk and pay attention to a side conversation someone else was having too.

And I second Bacon's comment.

Lisa Bennett Chesser said...

I second what Jeff said: Bad-ass! How cool would it be to have a SEAL as a dad? I wish I knew.

Victoria O'Donnell said...

My dad was a seal too xoxo