That’s not the only matter that’s upsetting. Current Rules of Engagement basically paint a target on a U.S. soldier’s back while hampering his ability to defend. There have been a number of national security leaks from the administration that appear to be politically driven.
Recently a group of Special Operations veterans who founded the group Special Ops Speaks created a Facebook page with a graphic critical of Obama’s actions during the Benghazi attacks.
The graphic began to meme throughout the blogosphere, and Facebook was not amused.
Someone at Facebook took the graphic down twice and then the Special Ops account was suspended for 24 hours. In a press statement, a Special Ops spokesman said:
“The meme spread virally throughout Facebook’s network and within in 24 hours almost 30,000 people shared and hundreds of thousands viewed the meme…The meme was taken down for an unspecified violation of Facebook’s terms of Rights and Responsibilities.”
Special Ops Speaks isn’t alone in criticizing an administration that has at times appeared to place political gain above the wellbeing of troops.
One controversial lapse came straight from the Obama administration after Vice President Joe Biden announced to the world that Navy SEALs had taken Osama bin Laden down. People familiar with the SEAL ethos were horrified. Adding salt to the wound, the White House gave filmmakers access to information about the takedown. A very wealthy supporter of Obama also made a film for TV; it will air just before the election.
The Obama administration has dodged accountability for what happened in Benghazi. When Obama and other countries decided to engage Libya in war, Americans were also upset because he chose to do that without going to the U.S. Congress. Obama pledged he would not put troops on the ground in Libya, a country British sources said remains “awash in weapons.”
Experts like Michael Scheuer, former head of the bin Laden unit for the CIA, were harshly critical. Scheuer said during a TV interview, “Democrats are good at watching Americans die.”
After thousands of complaints were directed at Facebook, the social media site restored the graphic and the Special Ops Speaks account. Facebook messaged Special Ops Speaks, claiming the graphic had been removed “accidentally” due to a “mistake.”
Most social media titans donate to and support Obama’s reelection. The Obama administration even credited social media like Facebook for playing a vital role in the so-called “Arab Spring.”
Government allied media have given the security leaks and the Benghazi attacks little attention.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/Oct. 31, 2012)
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