Heartbreaking. Watching the dad hold back tears and the pain on his face is so sad. Unimaginable to have to endure through this and then hear our country leaders make statements that add salt to their wounds.
My deepest sympathy to this family. God Bless and keep your dear sons soul close.
"[If the mission had failed]...the downside would have been horrible FOR HIM [Obama]."
I can't see how. We all know he would have blamed it on George Bush...and galloped right off to the golf course, or a campaign fund-raiser as if nothing had happened.
Sorry Scoop but I don't think anyone's grief should be used for political ads. I have 2 sons in the military and pray daily God protects them and brings them home. To the parents who have lost children in these wars I am sorry and may God heal you. RIP troops and thank you for defending and giving your all.
Only our Military, keeps us from being like every other third rate country on this planet. Once you have a President, such as this one, who has absolutely no respect for the Military, you have a window to view what this country would be like without those who protect us, day and night, regardless of who is President. This man has no respect for the Military, and they have no respect for him. We will see who wins this war.
to increase the pain of parents of a brave fallen soldier is sickening. obama and clinton both, barely humans. my heart breaks and tears flow and i hope some peace for you someday in time
i have never written a comment online in my life. my tears are falling for this mom and dad. may g-d bless and keep their brave son
As a veteran, I say ...Bring OUR troops home NOW...Not tomorrow and Not the day after, NOW. Having been in that location, I will add that we will NEVER be able to HELP those nations because their ideas and lifestyles CANNOT be changed. The corruption is too deep!! Those people do NOT want change and we NEED to STOP sending our $$$ and our Blood over there. It just will NOT work. As a mother, I can totally sympathize with these parents and only pray that fewer parents will have to endure their pain!! I Love America and it is Time to bring the troops HOME and rid ourselves of the U.N. They are a useless body of Thieves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
eyewatcher, I don't know how anyone could follow your post. I know I certainly can't add anything to it. These wars are nothing but folly. Regarding the Freedom of the United States of America, they don't amount to a mouse fart. We are spending billions, supporting nations who don't want us there, while here at home, Mexicans and other Illegals are streaming across our southern borders, unimpeded. It is simply insanity to the ninth degree.
..and Billy is out of touch, too. Classic Clinton in my book. Classic Dems. It just shows so well the extreme self-centeredness and godless values of those people.
The arrogance of Obama is clearly evident and always has been. Now what you are seeing is the arrogance of Clinton, as never before, and the COMPLETE ARROGANCE of the Democrat Party as it should be viewed. It has always been there and the Main Stream Media has helped shield it. The best thing that has come out of the Republican Convention this 2012 is this wonderful MOM saying what the Media cannot touch. NOW let's get out there and put the Democrat Party where they belong.....back in Chicago.
Any of you remember Cindy Sheehan and how you vilified her? Stops being funny when it starts being you, doesn't it?
The woman in this interview is not using this as a protest. She is speaking from the depths of her soul, about an ad, that is using the killing of Osama Bin Laden, politically. What she is saying is Billy, and Barry, has made this war about themselves, not about the real heroes who are really fighting and dying.
Cindy Sheehan, used her son's death as a political protest, without regards of her son's beliefs. Cindy lost everything in life, as she was used by the Democommie machine. They as usual took a person who was in the depths of depression over the lose of her son, and made a TOOL of her for their own political pupose.
Where is Cindy, now? The Democommies don't know and they don't give a damn, she served her purpose so she has been thrown out just like Barry, would do to a botched Aborted Baby who had the audacity to live. So to compare these two women is totally insane....
It was never "funny," except maybe to a few sick cultists on the left who loved using Cindy Sheehan as a prop. They got lots of laughs out of that.
Anyone remember her son's name over there on the left? No, they have to google it. Also does anyone on the left know that Casey Sheehan's father repudiated Cindy Sheehan's statements? Thought she needed help? That the Dems would use this woman and toss her aside is no surprise at all.
There's a clear distinction between someone who was driven mad and became depressed and then lost all her friends and her marriage because she decided "the war was a lie," (whatever that means), versus grieving parents who are simply angry that, once again, it is all about Obama, worrying about how it would make *him* look.
Their son is AARON VAUGHN, Chief Petty Officer, Navy seal. Google, " Molon Labe" and also google his name, : "Aaron Vaughn".
He was on a helio in Afghanistan that was hit with an RPG, all 38 on board died, 17 of them Seals.
A family friend has a leather wrist band with the words, " Molon Labe" that is available to buy, proceeds go to a foundation to help his kids. PN335@yahoo for info.
Again, google his name and also " Molon Labe" he had that tattooed on his forearm.
Obama is not only out of touch! He is out in Left field without a glove and it's the World Series. Obviously this administration treats our military as targets and not people! Sorry state of affairs here!!!!!
My deepest condolences to the family of that Fallen Hero! The comments by other commentators below were very moving and thought provoking. As I read down, I would feel sad and then outraged and then sad again as I read on. It's a pleasure to be among such caring, compassionate, kind people.
I just can't understand how someone upon hearing about the death of a Fallen Warrior would shout something like: "Oh NO! Oh NO! How will this effect *ME*... Will I fall in the polls? Oh the soldier... Send his family a form letter auto signed, I've got a golf game to go play!
That is the kind of thinking I would assume a complete sociopath would have.
Wow! This needs to be run on TV. This is not only extremely effective, it is so true. I would donate $$ to get this on the airwaves! Wonder how we could go about doing that.
I am so thankful that we have selfless men and women in our military that will if necessary, lay down their lives for our safety, freedom and liberty. That's an awesome thing if you really think about it...there are people that will die to keep us free. And so many have made that ultimate sacrifice. That speaks volumes for the heroes in our military. God bless them all and please keep them as safe as possible from harm while they are serving our nation.
The Sea Air and Land special warfare unit (SEALS) of the United States Navy is the elite unit of all special ops here in the US, and the world. These silent warriors do a job which most of the time goes unnoticed with little to no acclaim. This they accept this with honor and integrity, unlike our politicians in Washington, and our present white house administration.
The Acts Of Valor of which they perform on a daily basis throughout the world, and in the worst conditions unimaginable. Proves how these extraordinary men of courage willingly go into harms way to keep the country they love forever free.
And to the parents of these braves and selfless souls. From a fellow Naval enlisted man myself...I salute you all!. And may God Bless you always.
Uh, no. They're great, but they're not "The elite unit of ALL special ops here in the us, and the world." Dick Couch, a Navy SeAL himself, wrote a book called Chosen Soldier, in which he praises the United States Army Special Forces, because, in his words, 'they can do it all'. You should read the book. ALL the people of USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) are great, and some (like the Special Forces) have a higher OpTempo (Operations Tempo) than others, including all NAVSPECWARCOM people, because so much more is expected of them. ALL. That includes not only ARSOC (Army Special Operations Command), but MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command) and NAVSPECWARCOM. I'll even include AFSOC (Air Farce Special Operations Command) in that, like my bud from Special Tactics.
Again, I make no secret that I despise WILLARD, and I do so based on his own record of doing much of the same Obama's doing, right now, but this would make a great commercial.
Picture declassified footage of Navy SeAL Neil C. Roberts. You can only see it as an infrared silhouette, shot from a Predator-class drone, on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan, during the legendary Operation Anaconda. He's fallen out of the back of a helicopter that had come under fire, and alone, he's literally surrounded by the Taliban. They footage shows flares of gunfire coming from all directions, and he's frantically trying to return that fire. Then, his head jerks from a direct hit, and he falls flat in the snow. His body starts cooling. And all along, in the background, the voice-over from We Bow to No One.
"We sacrifice, not because we have to
we bleed, not because we want to.
we fight, because we need to.
And sometimes we die,
because we love this country.
I believe in American exceptionalism.
As a Navy SeAL, I fought, so I would never have to see my president
bow to anybody."
Cut to a class graduating from BUD-S, wearing dress whites, Budweisers being pinned on, and the voiceover saying:
“We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates, and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations…
We demand discipline. We expect innovation…
I will never quit… If knocked down, I will get back up, every time…
My training is never complete.”
Cut to this story:
The three service members were shot by a single assailant as they prepared to dine with tribal leaders at an Afghan checkpoint in the Sangin district of Helmand province, said Sangin Gov. Mohammad Sharif, who identified them as Special Forces troops. The assailant, whom several Afghan officials identified as a police officer named Asadullah, then fled the scene.
I am an American Special Forces Soldier. A professional! I will do all that my nation requires of me. I am a volunteer, knowing well the hazards of my profession.
I serve with the memory of those who have gone before me: Roger's Rangers, Francis Marion, Mosby's Rangers, the first Special Service Forces and the Ranger Battalions of World War II, The Airborne Ranger Companies of Korea. I pledge to uphold the honor and integrity of all I am - in all I do.
I am a professional Soldier. I will teach and fight wherever my nation requires. I will strive always to excel in every art and artifice of war.
I know that I will be called upon to perform tasks in isolation, far from familiar faces and voices, with the help and guidance of my God.
I will keep my mind and body clean, alert and strong, for this is my debt to those who depend upon me.
I will not fail those with whom I serve. I will not bring shame upon myself or the forces.
I will maintain myself, my arms, and my equipment in an immaculate state as befits a Special Forces soldier.
I will never surrender through I be the last. If I am taken, I pray that I may have the strength to spit upon my enemy.
My goal is to succeed in any mission - and live to succeed again.
I am a member of my nation's chosen Soldiery. God grant that I may not be found wanting, that I will not fail in this sacred trust."
Cut to story clip:
Family remembers Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan
TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -
23 year old Hunter Army Airfield Ranger Tanner Higgins was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.
His family says he was involved in a gun fight when he was fatally shot.
"He was an extraordinary kid. I was his older cousin so I got to see him grow up. Being in the military was just something we knew was a perfect fit for him," Higgins' cousin Ryan Horne said.
Higgins is from Texas, but his mother moved to Tybee Island to be closer to her son. He was deployed in March to Afghanistan.
"He was a great soldier and an awesome son to Patti," Horne said.
Higgins' mother attends Chapel by the Sea on Tybee.
Cut to footage of US Army Rangers in combat and training:
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other Soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
Rangers Lead The Way!!!
Cut to US Marine Corps Force Recon fighting in Afghanistan:
"Realizing it is my choice and my choice alone to be a Reconnaissance Marine, I accept all challenges involved with this profession. Forever shall I strive to maintain the tremendous reputation of those who went before me.
Exceeding beyond the limitations set down by others shall be my goal. Sacrificing personal comforts and dedicating myself to the completion of the reconnaissance mission shall be my life. Physical fitness, mental attitude, and high ethics -- The title of Recon Marine is my honor.
Conquering all obstacles, both large and small, I shall never quit. To quit, to surrender, to give up is to fail. To be a Recon Marine is to surpass failure; To overcome, to adapt and to do whatever it takes to complete the mission.
On the battlefield, as in all areas of life, I shall stand tall above the competition. Through professional pride, integrity, and teamwork, I shall be the example for all Marines to emulate.
Never shall I forget the principles I accepted to become a Recon Marine. Honor, Perseverance, Spirit and Heart.
A Recon Marine can speak without saying a word and achieve what others can only imagine."
Cut to Obama:
“I don’t take these folks too seriously. One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary...You’ve got another who was a tea party candidate in a recent election...This kind of stuff springs up before election time."
Montage pictures of him lounging in the White House, parties, show clips referring to parties with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton in the White House that they've suppressed pictures of. Reference the numerous Motown parties. Show him eating ice cream with his kids, during the failed Iranian revolution, just a short time ago. Show him in Martha's Vineyard, with reports of wine and champagne flowing, and buttered lobster.
Cut to clip:
One hundred and sixteen U.S. troops died in Afghanistan between August 30 when Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in that country, first reported that reinforcements were needed, and today, when President Barack Obama is set to announce that he will send 34,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.
There were 58 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan in October alone, making that the deadliest month of the eight-year-long U.S. war. There were also 37 U.S. casualties in Afghanistan in September, making September the third deadliest month of the war. In November, the U.S. casualties in Afghanistan dropped to 17.
On Aug. 30, Gen. McChrystal submitted a 66-page assessment of the war in Afghanistan to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The assessment said that without additional resources the war would “likely result in failure.”
Cut to clip:
Cut to Romney sitting at a desk. Window behind him. Dark outside. Papers strewn all over the desk that look like reports. He looks up and says:
"The world always has been a dangerous place. In Obama's short few years, his indecision, poor decisions, self-centeredness and incompetence have made it even more dangerous. Now, on November 6th of this year, its high time you ask yourself: is this leadership? My name is WILLARD Mitt Romney, and I approve this message."
VirusX - Wow! What a fantastic point of view you have provided me...and educated me on. Beautiful.
I plan on sharing your message with all of my family and friends.
Bless you, brother.
Bless all of our Warriors of today, yesterday, and tomorrow.
I believe that when I die, I will see all of them resting with our Heavenly Father.
Teri in PA
Wow! A lot of work went into that post and it makes for a very interesting read, well done! Great post!
Why do we NEVER hear about the ALL those Navy Seals who were shot down on PURPOSE in retaliation for the Bin Laden raid? NEVER? We hear about Obama's "victory" but what about these guys? This was not an accident! If this had happened under Bush's watch, we would never hear the end of it. There wasn't any sort of federal tribute to commemorate them on the one year anniversary of their deaths? I know there were a few local ceremonies, but that is pathetic! They are true American heroes. God bless them. http://abcnews.go.com/International/helicopter-shot-25-navy-seals-dead-crash-afghanistan/story?id=14245387
From what I understand nobody will give the identity of the person who ordered all those Seals onto the same helicopter. Navy Seals are a National treasure and there is quite a bit of investment in them to say nothing of their personal investment. Any fool knows you shouldn't expose 22 Seals at the same time and place. Some day we will know the whole story and it won't be pretty.
Irony of ironies: Clinton, an arch-narcissist walks into the trap of pointing out how horrible it would have been for Obama, another self-absorbed narcissist, if the Seals who killed Bin Laden had, themselves been killed or captured. Clinton identifies only with Obama's interests. Clinton is oblivious to how horrible that outcome would have been for the Seals and their families. Sick people!
That's because you're, basically, dealing with the same person, and people, in the Obamas and the Clintons. They're all 60s "New Left", anti-American radicals that grew up with the specific purpose of damaging and destroying this country, so they can remake it in their own image. The Army has 7 Core Values:
None of these 7 Values are reflected in the creeds of the left, much less the New Left. To the liberal, these are all alien concepts that make as little sense, to them, as the desire to want to be an adult ward of the stated does, to a Conservative. As I recall, they glorified the phrase "if it feels good, do it". Expecting a man that spent his years committing rapes, snorting cocaine and cheating on his wife to criticize a man that grew up praising communism and hoping for a violent insurrection in America, being a founding member of a dangerous narcotics gang, indoctrinating himself in the methodologies of Saul Alinski and becoming absorbed into racist paganism is a waste of time.
I wonder if El Presidente agress with NATO on giving out medals for "courageous restraint". It seems as if it would be right up his alley.
You posit a sociological commonality but I'm suggesting a psychological similarity. They're not the same. Also, of note, both Clinton and Obama are only male children with absent, alcoholic fathers. I'm Clinton's age and grew up protesting Viet Nam, etc., but I never wanted to destroy the country or the culture.
That was hard just watching her speak, and the pain in the father's eyes was awful to watch as well.
It's all about Obama. That's obvious. Every decision now is beig postponed until after the election. Russia, Israel, Iran...you name it. Obama is a self-important, self-ingratiating prick at the cost of everyone else.
We have two dogs. When I'm not careful where I step, I have to scrape the likes of Obama off the soles of my shoes.
And this is what Obama's son would look like.
It enrages me that a govt. allowed a foreigner to act as president of this great nation. And don't anyone tell me he's not. He's not American, he appointed people with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood into the govt. who murdered her son Aaron, and Congress is complicit.
A question for Rubio, and the other establishment group thinkers in the GOP, Is this the act of a nice man? If you and your wife lose one of your children at the hands of thier own govt. would you think he's a nice man? Ugh.
One half of DC are murderous thugs, thieves, and liars, and the others are disposable cowards.
Obama is only and always about Obama. Bill Clinton clearly has no shame, we all know that. My heart goes out to these parents and all the families in America who have made the greatest sacrifice for the security of our nation. God bless them all and give them the peace that passes understanding that only He can give.
Americans must vote in November to remove this man from our White House because he is determined to destroy this nation, preserving only his wealth and family in the process.
He is emotionally stunted and is clearly incapable of compassion.
Neil Armstrong dies and Obama puts out a picture of himself looking up at the moon. Always about him. He'll use any person, place or thing to elevate himself in his mind.
Not that I noticed. Guess they're leaving that all up to the Democrats who, I hear , are going to open up their convention with praise to allah and his inbeded useful idiots in the current administration.