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Larry Bailey unleashed a prepared Democrat chorus to discredit former military special operators who oppose President Obama’s re-election.
"I have to admit that I'm a Birther," said SOS founder Larry Bailey, a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, in an interview. "If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is."
Larry Bailey and I are friends. Larry is absolutely not a speaker who minds his PR Ps & Qs, nor ever tried to be a diplomat. He is a devout patriot who has devoted his life to the security of the United States. I am not a birther, nor are those I know who supported his first efforts, the first of several independent other organizations of former military special operators, to raise attention to the concerns – also expressed by several leading politicians, including some Democrats -- that President Obama and his minions exposed national security secrets in order to bolster Obama’s re-election.
The usual Obama apologists and partisans quickly expressed their distaste for birtherism, understandable, but used Bailey’s words to attack all the other leaders of other organizations of special operators opposed to President Obama’s re-election. (Here's the leader of one of the other organizations of former special operators.)
Omigosh, Obama For America website reveals that there are Republicans among the leaders of the four independent groups of special operators. Obama For America was an internet-based campaign organization for Obama in 2008, re-named Organizing For America after the election for his permanent campaign, and now Obama For America is back.Guess what Obama For America, there are far more Republicans than Democrats among the military, and especially so among special operators in the various military branches
James Joyner, who sways with Democrat memes inside the beltway at his blog Outside the Beltway, with regard to one of the organizations of special operators, OPSEC (operations security), chimes in with “the fact that the group’s key spokesmen are all Republican operatives certainly changes the lens through which their charges should be viewed.” Oh, does it? Only for those looking for an excuse to look the other way.
Failed Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry – who trumped up his Vietnam veteran status, as usual, rolls out his attack on the over 60 of fellow Swift Boat veterans who exposed his lies or exaggerations about his service in Vietnam, and Kerry’s certain betrayal of Vietnam veterans after in likening us to the army of Genghis Khan. Paul Mirengoff notes: " Kerry never explains why he finds the criticism of Obama “outrageous.” Doing so would have required a defense of the administration’s serial disclosure of sensitive national security information."
I’m not defending Larry Bailey’s words, by any means. But, the effort by those supporting Obama’s re-election to avoid and broadbrush besmirch the valid concerns of special operators is typical of the Obama re-election campaign.Patriots, to the Obama folk, are those who support him. The special operators from the military and national security experts, whose lives are actually on the line and endangered by loose self-serving lips in the Obama administration, are denigrated by the Obama minions. In 2004, veterans and their families and friends saw right through John Kerry and, I confidently predict, will see through Obama like a soggy thin tissue too.
Larry Bailey is not just a member of the group, but its founder. He said, "The Obama administration and the liberal progressive path that our country is going down is going to be nothing less than disastrous for our civilization." In other words, he has a clear partisan agenda, not merely a public service agenda.
In defense of blert, in 2007 is when Obama, or somebody with a clue working for him, found it necessary to improve the record, as it were, in those places where before he apparently didn't care if people thought his birthplace was more exotic than it actually was.
And jeez Zach, you can be a good liberal and recognize what a weirdo Obama is, all at the same time. The man is strange, and not forthright. You knew him in private life, with no political investment, I bet you would find it easy to say so.
He was about to be drafted --and joined the navy instead. Volunteered for swiftboats before swiftboats were engaged in combat. Had an 8mm film made of himself advancing thru the jungle rifle at the ready --never looked at the camera, so as to add documentary-style verisimilitude to the film. Collected a helmetful of medals by stretching the award system to the limits of the text, then got outta the place on a much-shortened hitch --and headed to DC in his fatigues.
But yeah, for three months or so he coulda got killed, so --there is that.
But i think, given the choice between what he did to defend them, and what on the basis of being a combat vet he has been able to keep doing to them ever since, most folks had they had the chance would have begged him to please, please, don't bother.