This story is so insulting to our armed forces, it almost reads like parody. I can’t even believe it’s true:
Navy SEALs have 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, sources told FoxNews.com.
The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called a captain’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.
Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named “Objective Amber,” told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.
He’s probably lying about that, but even if he isn’t, so what?
Really. So freaking what? Is this the new standard now? Terrorist ends up with bloody lip of indeterminate nature, so obviously we must end the careers of the brave SEALs that brought him in? What kind of trade is that?
The obvious criticism is that this is prosecutorial over-reach. But that doesn’t go deep enough.
It’s time to ask some uncomfortable questions.
The first one is, just whose interests does that policy serve?
Not ours, I’m pretty sure. In fact, I’m pretty sure this serves our enemies interests for both propaganda and a clear strategic advantage.
And when a military policy during wartime serves the enemy’s interests, well, that is some pretty bad policy.
Which leads to the second question: just who is responsible for implementing these policies, and what is their background, especially in light of the Ft. Hood murder spree by a major who was also a jihadi. Was that just a one-off? Maybe, but to jump to that conclusion is irresponsible.
Some details about the SEALs charged:
Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.
Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.
Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.
Neal Puckett, an attorney representing McCabe, told Fox News the SEALs are being charged for allegedly giving the detainee a “punch in the gut.”
We’ve gone completely off the rails with our cowardly policy of way too much attention to minor discomfort of captured illegal enemy combatants. Simply stated, we’re not going to be able to find SEALs or anybody else to do the heavy lifting, if we unleash ankle-biters on them for doing their damn jobs. Jobs that they love, and that we desperately need them to do.
During the Bush 43 presidency, he decided to capture these scumbags in order to interrogate them and gain useful intel, instead of double-tapping them in the head immediately after capture and leaving their bodies to rot, as per long-standing military tradition. As it turns out, this decision ended up helping the terrorist cause, and has repeatedly set us up to be tried in a court of ridiculous America-bashing opinion.
Rights of any kind are too good for terrorist scumbags. Yet we grant the whole package to them, to the worst that humanity has to offer, as if they were instead American citizens that deserve those protections.
This is insanity. And by granting rights to those who try to kill us, it’s insulting to every American, but most of all, it’s insulting to our troops.
UPDATE: See Jules Crittenden, “Free the Fallujah One!”