One of the things that commits the warrior class to it various missions is the trust they place in the Chain of Command to support their efforts.
On a visit to Fort Benning, GA many years ago I was given a tour through the Delta Force training facility. Without a long digression, we had supported their training activity in New Mexico over an extended period and they invited us to bring a couple of jets to Pope AFB, and then to tour their facility. Needless to say, it was an unbelievable experience.
But what impressed me most was the nonchalant approach that the Delta Force team members took to the dangers of their duties. They shrugged off dangerous nature of some harrowing training exercises as if they were going to the grocery store to pick up a quart of milk. They were serious, but casual. There was never any doubt, based on what I saw and what I heard, that these Special Forces operatives were hard as woodpecker lips, and no amount of danger would get them to flinch. Nothing could dissuade them from doing anything other than their duty.
There was one moment during that visit when one of the team members related a story to us that was seared into my mind. It was the only time I saw a flash of intensity that has been unseen by me since. The discussion was about a Delta Force team that was attacked and presumed lost during the Grenada invasion. (Forgive me if I don’t get the details entirely correct, but in the end you’ll see that that will be mostly irrelevant.) Shortly after this news reached the DF command element a discussion brewed about whether to send more DF members after the team that had been attacked or whether the situation was “too hot” to risk additional troops. Apparently the DF commander deferred to engage because of the risk involved.
At this point the face of our DF escort’s face was nearly purple with rage. He calmed a bit and went on to explain that several team members armed up, commandeered a helo, and went to find the other team to see what they could do.
Upon their return, the DF commander had been relieved of his duties and was on his way off of Grenada. Such business like decisions are not part of the Special Forces creed and are not acceptable to those special operators who will do ANYTHING they are asked to do, all they ask in return is to cover their backs. Small potatoes when it comes down to what they risk.
Fast forward to Libya. We had two special force operators, outnumbered and out gunned, and the best that we can do for them is NOTHING? They fought for SEVEN hours, undoubtedly each wounded many times throughout. They kept the faith with one another, as expected, but what did the Chain of Command do? NOTHING. The Administration left these two highly trained and committed warriors isolated; knowing with CERTAINTY that they would eventually perish to the overwhelming odds. Every American should ponder what that must feel like before they vote this election.
In order for the military to operate effectively it MUST trust the Chain of Command. At this point in time, I wouldn’t walk across the street under a Presidential order. The spineless behavior, the absence of direct action and the cover up for this heinous delectation of duty is unprecedented and it is reprehensible for any Commander in Chief.
If for no other reason than fact that the Obama administration abandoned its people in the field while engaged with the enemy, this President should not be allowed in the office, let alone voted by the people of this country back into it.