Our fellow Americans at Fox News and at conservative political blogs around the country continue to be enthralled by a political group that calls itself OPSEC — short for operational security — and that is fronted by ex-Navy SEALs, among others.
OPSEC’s main message is two-fold: President Obama has taken much too much political credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, and has endangered troops and intelligence-gathering by talking too freely about how it was done. In expressing those concerns, the group claims to be absolutely nonpartisan.
“This issue is more than just politics,” as OPSEC founder and ex-SEAL Scott Taylor says. “Folks from this group, including me, have buried enough of our buddies.”
“Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden. America did,” another ex-SEAL, Ben Smith says in a highly sophisticated 22-minute video released by OPSEC. “We have become a political weapon. We are not.”
But you are wrong, Mr. Smith. That is precisely what you have become — a rather dull-edged political weapon, and no more than that — and you have done so by your own choice.
Taylor, for example, ran for Congress in 2010 in Virginia, losing in the Republican primary with just 8 percent of the vote. On his personal Facebook page, Smith has referred to Obama as “the Heir Communist-in-Chief Hussein Mao-Bama,” claiming that during his 2012 State of The Union Obama wore “some bad tan lotion because he looked like an old bruised Banana which made me think that Harry Belafonte was walking out to give his rendition of ‘Day-O’ before ‘ole’ suck and blow’ was to come out and enlighten us with his blasphemous spew.”
“You are an Imposter,” Smith wrote on another occasion. “You are a Muslim (Cassius Clay, Lew Alcindor, Barry Soetoro), You are the Manchurian President and may you go back to the country you were born in when you are deposed you little, little man (and take all your communist sympathizers with you). You insult everything that was considered American. May you and your administration be a lesson to history and your posterity be lost to the rebirth of AMERICAN PATRIOTISM!”
To be blunt, these are not the words of a calm-minded nonpartisan military professional offering his expert judgment to the American people. They are the unhinged rantings of a racist zealot enlisted to serve as a frontman for the real money and brains behind the effort, whom OPSEC refuses to disclose.
One more thing: In my mind, any conversation about politicians shamelessly trying to horn in and take credit for military success should begin and end with one fellow in particular. You probably recognize him:
As MC Hammer used to sing, “Can’t touch this.”
– Jay Bookman