Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Open Letter to Barack Obama

Open Letter to Barack Obama
Al Ritter 

Mr. President, I don’t care about time line of what happened inside Osama bin Laden’s complex, who went in first or on what floor our brave members of Seal Team Six attacked first. What really bothers me the most is how you continually claim your participation as “I did this, or I did that.” Let’s face it you gave the final go ahead and then you watched on TV like everyone else in the situation room. It wasn’t your bullet that ended his life it was a bullet from one of OUR brave SEALS.
Can’t we just agree to describe the actions that night as……”the SEALS won and we watched?”
What really gets my goat is the fact that you have used the attack that night as a reason to re-elect you? You have turned this into a political football that you somehow feel the need to keep spiking week after week! How about rather than claiming bin Laden’s death as “I got him” and to start claiming that “we got him,” it sure sounds less conceited.

Once Osama was killed, you just couldn't keep the news to yourself, you just HAD to report it! 90% of the intel the Seals retrieved became "old intel" the minute you reported it. You had over 200 intel experts working on the huge cache of information you got from Osama's compound, but the were hog tied for time because you were like a little child with a secret! Once it was announced that all the intel grabbed from the compound was now in YOUR grubby little hands, the terrorists abandoned every target, every safe house, every objective because you couldn't keep your damn mouth shut!
On another political football claim, “you gave women free contraceptive” and at the same time have alienated millions of Catholics in the process. Once again you assumed something that was not necessarily so. You were convinced that most Catholic women would support you over their religion. You assumed that because many Catholic women use contraceptives this legislation was a “slam dunk” for your side because your healthcare would pay for it. What you failed to take into account was that those women made that decision on their own and they needed no help from you either morally or financially. The result of your decision was to reduce freedom of religion to a mere footnote of history rather than the milestone of the constitution.
Your most recent attack on Catholics has not gone unnoticed. Your intentional intimidation by the State Department when you declared the Vatican as a potential money laundering group is beyond comprehension. This is a clear signal that you want the Catholics to stop fighting you and fall into line or else!
In your words, “I want to make it perfectly clear.” I am not a Catholic but I see your attack as transparent and self-serving. I am reminded of a quote from WWII that goes like this:

“In Germany they came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade
unionists, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up
because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,
and by that time
no one was left to speak up.

Reverend Martin Niemoller….1945

November is coming fast Mr. President and we remember the atrocities of WWII and the  egomaniac that prematurely ended so many innocent lives based on one group being “better” than another. We saw how quickly Adolph Hitler rose to power under the guise of class warfare.
You have once again assumed that we are stupid, somehow we won’t liken your behavior to a tyrant of the past……you have forgotten the axiom, “Fool me once shame on me.” We have been fooled once in 2008……There will be NO shame on us in November.


Louis L said...

Good letter Al !!

barb g said...

EXCELLENT letter Al, I hope you sent it to Obama, to the White House

joe o said...

Well said, as always!

bud s said...


chip m said...

Bravo Rit !

grant burmer said...

RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barb p said...

So very well said usual. After 'his' little deal with Afghanistan yesterday...I am hoping a lot more people will have their eyes opened to what this man is really all about!!!

Ben Smith said...

President Barack Hussein Obama – STOP using the Navy SEALS as a campaign ploy. Because with all due respect, (what little I have for you), you do NOT speak for me.

You have a movie about SEALS within the past year trying to identify with me, with the navy SEALS, and with anything that might improve your polling numbers…and yet it is all a sham to hide a weak un-American man desperate to claim the victories of others for his own.

You Sir are trying to take the credit for what the American People have achieved in killing Bin Laden. Your use of the SEALs accomplishment as a campaign slogan is nothing less than despicable. I, as a former Navy SEAL do not accept your taking credit for Osama Bin Laden’s death. The American Military accomplished that feat.

Yet now that it is useful, you Mr. President, continue to refer to the event as if it were YOU and you alone which accomplished the worthy task of slaying one of America’s greatest enemies. You say “I directed”, “I Continued”, “My Intelligence Community”, “My national security team”, “I determined that I had enough….”, “My direction…”

Yet reliable sources continue to report that not only did you attempt to stop or delay Bin Laden’s demise, you did not even leave the golf course for the situation room until 20 minutes before SEAL Team 6 took out Osama Bin Laden. Even the clothes you wore in the situation room betray this fact. This is a Commander in Chief? A man who takes credit for actions largely taken while he was out golfing?

We men who have taken the oath, say ENOUGH. You do not speak for me, a former Navy SEAL, or any one of the league of men whom I have earned the right to be among. You are simply a man running for an office. Yet you behave as a glory-hoarding ruler. You campaign to be our leader, yet in reality you wish to be our Master.

The American people are the ones who got Bin Laden… You did Not! We have fought wars and slugged it with Vast Terror Organizations to get to the man you say YOU killed. The United Sates of America has won you a title sir and you have spent the last three years trying to beg, borrow and bow as you GIVE IT ALL AWAY. You just happened to be president of the USA when WE THE PEOPLE got Osama Bin Laden. We do not see you as heroic or stoic, we see you as the guy who let America Go. We got fat and weak and you gave it all away. That is your credit – you bow to foreign leaders and pander to the press. You do not represent me as a Military Man. You do not represent me as a SEAL. You do not represent me as an AMERICAN!

You do not speak for me or any American military man because though you may now be Commander in Chief, you are not the man to whom we can point our sons and say “This is the American dream, this is American exceptionalism, this is what I wish for your future”, because you Sir are NONE of these things. You Sir, are the antithesis of American Exceptionalism. Your idols are Saul Alinksi and Karl Marx and your revolutionary dreams and anti-American ideals poison your every policy. Your every action betrays the fact that in your soul you do not understand what it is to be an American, not what America truly is. Your agenda from the beginning has been to get rid of and kill everything that is and ever was American. You who so easily dismisses America’s greatness and bows to foreigners… YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE NAVY SEALS. YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MILITARY MAN AND you SHALL NOT claim as your prize that which you have not earned. The Navy SEALS are NOT a campaign slogan to be bantered about for play. Nor are our accomplishments, including the demise of Osama Bin Laden, yours to claim.

So you DO NOT speak for me. And I will not stand for your use and abuse of my brethren the SEALS.
For Liberty,

Benjamin Smith
Navy SEAL retired