Several days ago “Navy SEALs secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges” Their crime? The alleged terrorist – who murdered the Blackwater contractors and had their bodies savagely dragged through the streets - was allegedly punched in the face by the three enlisted SEALs.
To give the SEALs their due, they have “refused non-judicial punishment — called a captain's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial” In other words, they aren’t going to allow themselves to be rolled by over-the-top political correctness, and want the matter aired. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done, as the one message that has doubtlessly made its way through SOCOM, and likely the entire military, is don’t show too much zeal in fighting terrorism. Heaven forbid you might shoot a terrorist and be charged with murder.
It is difficult to overemphasize the stupidity of this development. In a war, you are permitted to shoot your enemy on sight if he is wearing a uniform, even if he has his back to you. And if an enemy combatant is wearing anything other than a clearly identifiable uniform, as recently as World War II, the Geneva Conventions permitted him to be summarily executed after capture. Remember, all the German saboteurs caught infiltrating American lines in the Battle of the Bulge who were lined up against the wall and shot simply because they didn’t know who won the World Series in 1943? At the time, executing these prisoners was so uncontroversial that the firing squads were photographed.
During a Q & A at the UN after his speech there, while answering a question about Afghanistan, President Obama made an aside that I thought was very revealing about his belief system. He casually threw out the dismissive remark that “I don’t care about things like victory.” That’s a swell attitude for the Commander-and-Chief of the US military to have.
There is a word for somebody who wants the side that he is on to lose.