The Warrior’s Creed
Perspective on the News
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor
The first Warrior's Creed to be formally adopted and articulated by the United States military was that of the US Army Rangers. American Ranger history is older than the country itself. The first American Rangers were founded by Ethan Allen in the 1760’s.
The Ranger’s Creed has been tweaked and expanded and formalized since 1760, but its central theme, “leave no man behind” has not changed since the first “Green Mountain Boys” fought for the creation of the Vermont Republic in 1777.
A “Warrior’s Creed” articulates both the philosophy and code of conduct that defines a particular combat organization. It sets forth the reasons “why we fight” and provides the inspiration behind the long and arduous training it takes to be part of an elite warrior’s organization.
The US Navy SEALs warrior’s creed is defined by its culture, historical experience and training. “Leave no man behind” and “failure is not an option” are examples of cultural mantras that evolved as the warrior’s creed that makes them the cream of the elite.
At the heart of the SEAL’s creed is the unbreakable promise to never leave a teammate in the field, whether dead or alive. The US Navy SEALs put loyalty first and foremost -- and in the following order; loyalty to Country, Team, and Teammate.
Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods were former Navy SEALS that we have since learned were CIA employees assigned to the Benghazi CIA annex and tasked with tracking al-Qaeda activity inside Libya.
They were not part of the consulate staff or assigned as consulate security. Smith had to make his way through a mile of Benghazi backyards to join the fighting.
Woods had to make his way to Benghazi from Tripoli.
"Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down."
Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight."
The two former SEALs could not obey the order to “stand down” without violating their warrior’s creed. They knew that if it was the other way around, other SEALS would move heaven and earth to save them.
And so they did what their Warrior's Creed told them to do -- they ran towards the sound of the guns.
The Benghazi Affair has literally kept me awake at night since the most recent drip-drip-drip of information revealed the following:
“At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. “
This isn’t the part that has been disturbing my sleep, but the fact that the mainstream media is sitting on it is sure disturbing my sense of outrage. (Certainly, there must be some military veterans among the mainstream media types. They can’t all be prep-school weenies.)
But here’s the part that keeps waking me up. . .
“The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.”
He was so sure that help was coming that he was painting targets with his laser for the gunship that never came. He never knew that instead of a gunship, his country sent an unmanned drone to witness his futile heroism and loyalty to his creed as he fought to the very end, certain that his country wouldn’t abandon him.
“The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours -- enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.”
Tyrone Woods was killed by the enemy mortar team he was painting with his laser.
Here’s the thing about using a laser to paint a target. You have to keep the laser on the target, which means you have to expose yourself to the target and stand still.
Woods had no way of knowing he had been abandoned to his fate, but he knew that help was only 40 minutes away so it must be overhead, so he stood by his station and braved the gunfire.
Until he was killed.
I keep thinking about the way his country abandoned him to die.
Not just that Obama did. Or Hillary did. But they did. No two ways about it. We now know that they knew in plenty of time to do something to effect a rescue. And they did nothing.
Where are America’s veterans? What about their warrior’s creed? I do not believe there is a branch of the US military that does not have some version of the US Soldier’s Creed, which reads, “I will never leave a fallen comrade.”
America has a lot of veterans on both sides of the political aisle. This cuts through like a hot knife through butter. There is plenty of outrage. Where is the outcry?
I watched CNN yesterday and was astonished at how little was said about Benghazi. And what was said defended the administration and condemned calls for an investigation as ‘politicizing a tragedy’ when what they were doing was covering up a betrayal of the worst kind.
A new study released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs concluded an uncritical press overwhelmingly “bought into the Obama administration’s version of events on the attack at Benghazi.”
“CMPA analysts said press accounts framed the attack as a spontaneous protest — the Obama administration's initial version of events — four times more often than they called it a terrorist assault, which was what Republicans and even some Democrats identified it as in the days right after Sept. 11.
Initial coverage also focused more on debates over free speech versus hate speech, rather than on security decisions at the embassy, the study found.
"The Benghazi attack was depicted in terms related to a spontaneous protest (emphasized by the Obama administration) over four times as often as a planned attack (emphasized by Republicans) — 17% vs. 4% of the coverage, respectively," the CMPA concluded.
THIS is what disturbed my sleep. Not that the Obama administration is that disloyal – that doesn’t surprise me much. Obama is loyal to Obama as are his minions.
But the disloyalty of those veterans who now work in the mainstream media is inexplicable. How can they stay silent? What about the rest of America’s veterans? What about the American Warrior’s Creed?
We all swore an oath to the Constitution, the country and to each other. That oath has no expiration date.
Those men were left in the field to die. By their own country. Those who issued the orders to stand down betrayed the American Warrior’s Creed and broke faith with every veteran, and especially those still in harm’s way.
“. . . perilous times. . . covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers. . . trucebreakers, false accusers. . . despisers of those that are good . . . traitors . . . “
By the man America just re-elected to lead them the rest of the way into the Tribulation.
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