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Mat Best is really the only one of those guys that could pull off acting. Tim Kennedy also has a shot. But as for the rest, I'm not encouraged.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2015 on Ranger UP and Mat Best 11x Want You at BlackFive
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This is just another apocalyptic what if scenario in a long list of them that nothing is going to be done about. As horrible as this would be, there is no sense in getting worked up about it. No fix is coming and nothing can prevent it. If it happens, it happens. Sucks to be us.
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A great American brother. Proud to call Ryan a friend.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on Go Read "Ryan Pitts, Man of Honor" at BlackFive
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That was awesome. It is a private school full of rich kids that barely even understand what a veteran is. My daughter did gain some popularity points though as I apparently came off quite well.
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Good morning, my name is Matt H and my daughter, is one of your 8th grade classmates. Last December, I retired from the Navy after serving 23 years of combined active and reserve service as a Navy SEAL. I am a combat veteran having served in the city of Ramadi, Iraq where I earned the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. I joined the military for a few reasons. First of all, both of my parents are veterans. But more than just that, I wanted to become a Navy SEAL because of the adventure and noble purpose that it promised. Through those years, I've jumped out of airplanes at night over the ocean, treated young children in Africa for malaria, spent five weeks living in the jungle along the Panama Canal, planted limpet mines on the bottom of an aircraft carrier in the middle of the night, and led the ambush of four suicide bombers. I also wanted to be able to look anyone in the eye and tell him, “Yes, I served my country.” It may be difficult to understand now, but believe me when I tell you that you will absolutely derive more joy and personal satisfaction from doing something for someone else than you ever will by simply doing things for your own benefit. Serving also means that you come to understand that you are not as important as the team or the platoon. Recognizing that the goal of the unit is more important that your individual success, allows you to form very close bonds with those around you. This also helps you to become the most important kind of person that there is in this world. A reliable one. No talent or skill will take you very far if you cannot be counted upon. Becoming a reliable friend, student, employee, or even CEO starts with understanding your true value to an organization, not its value to you. Nearly every day as I face life and the many challenges that it involves, I look back on my SEAL training experience and know that nothing that I will ever do will be any more difficult than that. This is a powerful source of self-confidence and resilience that I can draw from at any time. This power is not limited to Navy SEALs either. All of us Veterans have had to face extreme challenges during our duty, and they have made us stronger. My service taught me not to fear challenge, but to embrace it because I know that each time I overcome something, I become stronger for it. Last year when a local congressman spoke to you on Veteran’s Day I believe that there was a lot of confusion. When my daughter came home that day, she told me that a few of her classmates asked her questions about me like, “Is your dad dead?” and “Does he have a job?” Aside from the clear insensitivity of questions such as these, I felt that there surely are many more unanswered questions from last year. Before I left for Iraq, I thought long and hard about what could happen to me there that could change me in a way that would be harmful. I thought that there were three things that could happen and that I had control over only two of them. First, was that if I faced a dire combat situation and acted in a cowardly manner, the shame of that would never leave me. Second, that if during combat, I was to shoot or be responsible for the death of someone innocent that would leave a lasting scar on my heart. And third, that if I were to witness an especially gruesome situation where my comrades suffered or died painfully that those visions would haunt me. So before I left, I prayed and I asked God to protect my heart from those things, and He did. But where I was blessed, many of my comrades were not. Many do suffer from one or more of those afflictions, and it can be difficult to recover from it. This is why the one question that you should NEVER ask a Veteran is, “How many people have you killed?” This is a deeply personal matter, and one that you have no right to the answer. As Veterans, we are entitled to your respect, but I also ask you to give Veterans your compassion as well. All of us have accepted the safety of America as a personal responsibility and have made sacrifices on your behalf. Veterans are not victims, we are your protectors, and perhaps someday, some of you might step forward and accept that responsibility for yourselves. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at BlackFive
Awesome
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Two things and I'm done with this. 1) Compare your B5 author's CV length to B5, Jimbo and me, and tell me you aren't trying to measure up to something. 2) If you understood anything meaningful about NSW and the evolution of its recent fame culture, you would also understand that the leadership has ZERO credibility with respect to asking its members to stand down from these projects. For these reasons, you would be well advised to stay in your lane.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on The SEAL Community and Fight Club at BlackFive
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Obviously, recent events diverge massively from the ideal, and no one laments that more than I do. We have some brothers that have somehow become lost, and it saddens us all to wonder whether we are likely to see them come back to us. But this blog isn't about taking shots at servicemembers who, despite their errors, have gone forward time and again into the lion's den to rip the throats out of our nation's enemies under the most challenging and hostile conditions. These men are not gutless pussies like Manning or Snowden who are actively trying to undermine the fight against our enemies. We have a saying in the Teams, "Everybody wants to be a Frogman on a sunny day." Well, these warriors flawed as they may be, were Frogmen on many a dark and stormy night. You may think you know what that means, but I assure you that you do not, Q clearances and SCI programs notwithstanding. For whatever reason, people often take a perverse pride in tearing down those that have risen the highest above them. These brothers have decided to jump off that pedestal, and it is unseemly to kick them as they hit the ground. Believe me, the people that matter to these men have all but turned against them and that is something they will suffer for a very long time. This is self evident to the point of making your commentary and scolding nothing more than a fruitless attempt to temporarily occupy the stage from which they have fallen.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on The SEAL Community and Fight Club at BlackFive
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Do you feel better now? Tomorrow you get to wake up and still not be a frogman. Enjoy your moment in the sun.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2014 on The SEAL Community and Fight Club at BlackFive
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Nicely done.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on To make peace, you must first make war at BlackFive
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I'm very surprised that they would launch on intel that was "weeks" old. If we only have intel from released hostages, then we have a serious problem.
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This TF operates like a laser beam rather than say, napalm. It can't hurt, but this snake has too many heads to cut off. While these are the best surgeons in the world, what this patient needs is radiation therapy and a lot of it.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2014 on Task Force Black back on the attack at BlackFive
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This is the absurd culmination of an extravaganza of ridiculousness that the NSW community may never recover from. When I started blogging in 2004 as a SEAL, it was not to tell you about the things SEALs were doing and how cool we are. It was to show you how we thought about or approached certain issues from politics to policy. And when it became my turn to go down range, I shut it down, because you didn’t need to know, and you still don’t. Here’s another thing you don’t need to know: Why Chris Beck wants to live the rest of his life as a woman. I know Chris, and I will never question his qualifications as a frogman and an operator. From all of my experiences with him, he was a solid guy and I had no complaints. He may feel now that suppressing his inner desires about who he was constituted a major sacrifice for him. And I’m sure it did. But so fucking what? We ALL sacrificed something to the Teams, to the Navy, to the Nation. Chris, you are not special brother. Not any more than any of us. When you joined the military, you joined a culture. If that culture made you feel as if you couldn’t be who you really wanted to be, well, that’s the fucking idea. Once you are in the service, you are there to SERVE the country and not yourself. We all had to set aside things that we wanted to do or to be if we wanted to remain in the service. But nobody was forcing you to remain. Instead of cramming it down for twenty years, you could have got out. Instead of building up 20 years worth of pity party that you just shat onto your Teammates, you could have been the woman you always wanted to be. But you chose to stay with us, and we were glad you did. Until now. If you are happy being who you are right now, then Chris, I’m happy for you. But you need to come to grips with one simple fact. Nobody on this planet would give a damn about your journey of personal discovery if it weren’t for the Teams. And the only reason you are getting the attention that you are is because of the Teams, not because of who you are. You are not special, not any more than any of us. The Teams are what people are paying attention to, not you. In all honesty, we did this to ourselves as a community. From Dick Couch to Brandon Webb to Matt Bissonette to Chris Kyle and many others we were sold out bit by bit at first. But once the bin Laden hit went down and Act of Valor hit the theatres it was all over. As a community, we must have enjoyed the attention more than we hated the spotlight. And so we failed to police our own. In the manic absurdity of it all, we got Warrior Princess, which is media catnip and a slap in every one of our faces. Maybe this is our wake up call. Maybe it doesn’t matter anymore. You knew you were denigrating us all, but you just became too important to yourself. You forgot that we all sacrificed too. Or maybe your never realized it being lost in your own self absorption. Please remember this. Without all of us, there is no you, Chris. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at BlackFive
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That is about as sad a cry out for attention as I have ever witnessed. I'm afraid she won't be spending much more time with the friends and family that are already ignoring her going forward.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2013 on What the hell is wrong with you?! at BlackFive
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I predict that this will be a total nothingburger. Those of you believing that this is the millstone that gets hung around Obama/Clinton's neck are going to be very disappointed...as usual. None of these things ever goes anywhere and even if there was something there, the media will completely ignore it until it goes away. I have completely stepped off the politics train since the election and now I can see the rollercoaster of emotions that Fox and the rest of the conservative media has everybody on. I have accepted that things are what they are and there isn't a force on Earth powerful enough to change it. Just like you don't watch the fatuous, lying gasbag liberals on their channels, don't put money in the pockets of the conservatives who are getting paid to spin you into a frenzy thinking we'll get payback or our country back. We won't get either. Standby to standby.
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Don't kid yourself that this is Obama's fault. It is our fucking fault. Obama is who he is. Our institutions have taken on lives of their own anyway. Nobody is in charge anymore, there is only institutional inertia and nothing more. Republicans are just as weak and untrustworthy as anyone. It's all a career field now. Nobody wants to fix anything, they just want their check and pension and their perks. There is no accountability and there hasn't been for a long time and there won't be any in the future. People need to wake the fuck up and realize that it is you and the System. If you have the ability to make it outside of the System, great, do that. If not, work the System as best you can and take care of your family. While everybody is busy pointing fingers at each other and worrying about the latest slight or bad decision or whatever, get your shit done. Don't waste your time arguing about how things ought to be, that ship has sailed. It is what it is and it won't get better. Get good at something people need and collect on that. Or don't. Those are the only choices left. What was it that Timothy Leary said? "Turn on, tune in, and drop out." How about, "Turn off, tune out, and drop in." Make something happen on your own, or be content with what happens to you. Anything else is wasting effort.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2013 on Explosions at the Boston Marathon at BlackFive
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This is what happens when you don't finish the job. We have been dicking around with these people for going on 12 years now and frankly I'm surprised it took this long for these types of events to start happening. We should have made an example out of somebody after 9/11 and just left a smoldering glass parking lot somewhere with no Marshall Plan to rebuild it. We are weak, and weakness attracts aggression. I have to admit I'm having trouble giving too much of a shit about this at this point. We are incapable of solving our problems in this country anymore and I don't have any faith that this and a whole host of other problems (economic, moral/spiritual, social) will ever be solved the way this country has evolved. Why do you think end of the world/zombie tv and movies are all the rage? There is a collective sense that we are tapped out and have no initiative let alone a plan to unfuck the SITUATION such as it is. I frankly have no stomach for all of the political posturing that people like to blame this on either. You can't say with a straight face that this country would be better off with douchebag A or douchebag B and his party running the show. We ran this thing into a ditch as a nation and there are not enough people who give a fuck to deal with it, and there won't be going forward. So standby for heavy rolls.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2013 on Explosions at the Boston Marathon at BlackFive
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Another film that should not have been made. Murph may have received the CMH, but he got it for browbeating a new TU commander into launching a mission he was unprepared to lead (as a new guy with two more new guys plus Lutrell), deciding against killing the man who subsequently informed the enemy of his location, and then calling in a QRF that got shot down killing everyone aboard. While I'm sure he didn't intend for all this to happen, it did. For the life of me I can't understand why you award someone the CMH for this abortion, but they did.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2013 on Murph The Protector at BlackFive
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Concur on many points, but especially with respect to Iraqi Christians. No question that they have been the biggest losers in all of this and will continue to be. That turned out to be a straight up genocide that nobody talks about. It will happen in Syria as well once Assad falls. Like Saddam, Assad looked after (or at least didn't persecute) the Christians and they have paid a heavy price for that affiliation already. Once Assad is out, they will all have to flee to Lebanon or be massacred like what happened in Iraq. Lebanon is the last place where a Christian arab can worship openly in an arab society. If it falls, there is nowhere for them in the arab world.
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In my opinion the Iraq War on balance was a mistake. We may have "won" it in a certain way, but a cost-benefit analysis would prove that we didn't get much for what we gave up. I was part of the Surge and I'm very glad to have been. I enjoyed my deployment immensely, but then I'm fully intact, had an amazing role, and got recognized for it. For me, personally, it was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life, but undertaking a war isn't about me or any individual person. I wanted to go to Iraq because it was the "unwanted" war at the time and I proudly tell people now that have a problem with it to suck it and point out that they are punks for not having had the sac to roger up for the country. Undoubtedly Iran has benefited from the Iraq War, and that should have been obvious at the time to people who should have known better. Also, Shinseki was right to point out that we completely undermanned that invasion and couldn't adequately control the country with what we brought in there. It goes without saying that Bremer's decision to disband the Iraqi military and Baath Party was the single most terrible decision of the entire conflict and certainly cost thousands of US lives in the resulting chaos. He should be strung up for that one. The Bush administration had no inkling of the internal religious conflicts that existed there prior to the invasion and was very slow to figure out how to address them. In fact they never did. It was people on the ground in the West that figured it out in 05-06. When dealing with the Middle East and muslims, there really are no good guys. They are all essentially backstabbing scumbags who will turn on you as soon as it becomes expedient. I witnessed this very closely in the West with 2 Sheiks. One you have all heard of who was assassinated by his brother once he sensed that the former's utility had played out. The real story on this Sheik's death has never come out, as it was expedient for us to go along with his brother's deception, but someday it may. Whenever you think our politics are fucked up, check yourself, because those people are absolute savages.
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I don't think its necessarily right to castigate a guy for something he didn't do (award himself), and I would expect that he feels some level of embarrassment over it. My BSMV was being considered for upgrade to SS, and I'm glad I didn't get it. It would have been very weird to put that on given the circumstances, but I am very grateful for the recognition that the BSMV signifies. I don't know that I would have turned down the SS though. It's a difficult subject and there are arguments on both sides. In the end, the community that you are a part of dictates the norms and standards for these awards and an NSW BSMV is very meaningful in inter-service terms where a BSM for an USAF Chaplain not so much.
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You can say that of USAF pilots landing on the ground, but there is a major difference with respect to USN/USMC guys coming off the carrier. For any pilots, to be strapped into a metal box for 8 hours and several re-fuelings pissing in a bottle is somewhat different than putting a drone on autopilot while to take a dump down the hallway.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2013 on So "badass" at BlackFive
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This probably needs to happen. Cut everything. The shit has gotten out of control. No more sacred cows. The military has wasted so much money in the past 12 years it makes me want to vomit. Military pay is very competitive right now, so I really don't see the problem.
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FISA Court. The NCA could submit a classified death warrant request, and the FISA Court members could chew on it, ask some questions, and then sign off. That would work perfectly fine for me. As it is, extrajudicial executions by Executive Order of AMCITS is unsat.
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I was definitely against the al Awlaki hit at the time for the same reasons UJ is talking about. There needs to be a check and balance on this shit. Perhaps the FISA Court?
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