Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SEAL of Approval


Yeah, I'm still incredibly busy and will be through next week (look for things to improve drastically a few days into February) but I wanted to take a second to link to this story, which once again proves just what bad-asses our Navy SEALs are.

The Huffington Post: U.S. Military Raid Frees Hostages/1.25.12

The first line of the article says it all:

"U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed."

This team was apparently the same one that both killed Bin Laden and took out those three Somali pirates back in 2009, so their record just keeps improving. As I've said before, my father was a SEAL, so I hold these guys kind of close to my heart. 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 hell that shot came from, you call in the SEALs.

8 comments:

Sirius said...

Bravo Zulu Team Six.

IrishGirl said...

Hoorah! :)

Matt Osborne said...

Mission accomplished with almost no fanfare. They don't do it for jollies and they sure don't do it for the pay.

Anonymouse said...

While its great to see a successful mission like this, its important to recognize that for every SEAL member, there is countless others that make these missions even possible. I still got a few connections from my time in the military, including a few that do the brutal work of pouring through literally thousands of hours of data just to find anything close to usable. It is easy to just think of the guys risking their lives directly that make it all possible. And believe me, the intelligence community has a significant burnout rate dealing with the stress that if they screw up, our people will die.

These missions are in some ways extremely simple. The need to eliminate risks and maintain situational awareness was learned the hard way with the utter clusterfuck that was the Iranian Hostage rescue attempt during the Jimmy Carter presidency. Seriously...read up on that shit and you will be amazed just how bat shit retarded the planning for that was. That alone was responsible for creating the SEAL Team Six program. But at the same time, before the team can even begin planning, there are literally hundreds of people planning out every single aspect to the tiniest detail. Its like looking at brain surgery and cutting down a tree. Arguably they are the same simple concepts in the grand scheme of things (cutting material) with one of them million of times more complex.

It is also important to note that there are limitations to these operations in terms of long term success to our goals. Simply put, it is impossible to use just special forces to maintain what our national goals are in the world (though believe me...I really wish the US government would actually figure out and clearly state what they are). Arguably, there are direct parallels to the Soviets attempt to maintain control in Afghanistan, where the Soviets used extensively their special forces with limited long term success. I find that Americans have little understanding of that conflict and the Soviet dominate regime there at the time. Heck, most Americans I talk to have no concept of the Iranian/Iraq war, which if they did, every time some hack on TV would claim that Iran would assume dominance in the region if the US pulled out, the hack would get laughed out of the room. It would be akin to claiming Israel would gain regional dominance if the US pulled out.

The whole reason I got out of the military (aside from the terrible pay and the long term affects on my family) was the sad realization that nothing seems to change. There is always a new bad guy and its a young, idealistic, kid who has the energy to keep running into the grinder.

d-rap said...

Just got chills...from your last sentence. Such a powerful visual.

Nick said...

Obama gets the use of American military strength that other presidents have not (most notably Shrub and The Dark Lord).

Hat tip to the White House.

namron said...

Let's edit Teddy Roosevelt for 2012: "Do not speak softly. Do not speak at all. Do not carry a big stick. Hide a shank in your sleeve, slip up behind the motherfucker, slit his throat, walk away, and then let the other bad asses think about when you will come for them."

This real life shit is better than the best movie revenge scenes, ever.

Ref said...

What namron said...