May 1st, the anniversary of perhaps one of the greatest days in American history has now become a vicious political campaign tactic, but who are the real victims? It is the one year anniversary of which the remarkable SEAL Team 6 raided and killed top al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. A time in which the United States should ban together, politics aside, and celebrate the victory of an eleven year manhunt, it has instead become a blame-placing and credit-taking circus.
Sean invites Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke on radio in order to get the perspective of the Navy SEALs on their mission being used as a political firestorm. Shortly after Bin Laden’s death, president Obama said of the incident “Americans and people around the world are glad that he’s gone. But we don’t need to spike the football.” Fast forward to the present and now that Obama has a re-election campaign to run it appears as though the football is being spiked…over, and over, again. Ironically, the Obama administration is now taking credit for the death, but refusing to acknowledge that it was measures such as enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) allowed under the previous administration which paved the road-map to Bin Laden. Worse than not acknowledging it, Obama adamantly rejects and actively pursues tying the hands of intelligence and military agencies in order to continue getting such vital information for our national security.
US Navy Seal Ryan Zinke is frustrated at the Obama administration’s inability to give thanks to the SEALs and Bush administration for their past activities. Additionally, Zinke is concerned with the little effort Obama is putting towards the troops, and that troops need to see a president who supports them.