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 an admiral'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.
Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.
I thought initially that this must be a joke, that no sane government would punish the rough men (and women) who protect America for being the rough men (and women) who protect America. This must be a situation where they are in trouble for not being aggressive enough. But no, or rather, sadly no.
The Obama administration seems to specialize in wishful thinking. For example, in health care reform, in economic policy, in Afghanistan, in terrorism. They seem to believe that they can select an ideologically driven policy, and select a desired outcome, and simply assert that the latter will derive directly from the former, logic be damned. For example, watch Sen. Lindsay Graham walk AG Eric Holder through his illogic in defending the federal terrorism trials scheduled for New York.
It is rather pathetic that the Attorney General of the United States found it so difficult to understand such a simple concept. In the case of the SEALs they'd like to "fight" a war without any risk, any deaths, any attacks, or any one on either side getting a "bloody nose." What's more, the administration seem particularly disturbed when it's the enemy that gets it. Mr. Obama's justice department needs to understand that Al Qaeda, terrorists, the Taliban are a wartime enemy, and a non-Geneva Convention one at that given their deliberate targeting of citizens, avoidance of uniforms and hiding within the civilian population. It's sad that they don't. Handcuffing our soldiers publicly does nothing to discourage the enemy's will, instead reinforcing in the enemy the belief that we don't have the will. We need a president who is a soldier, or who understands soldiers. Instead we have one who understands manipulation of the law, and favor-trading and deal-making, and who seems to have insufficient animosity for the enemies of the nation.