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Navy SEAL team likely honored in secret for raid

© 2011 The Associated Press
May 4, 2011, 3:10PM
 

SAN DIEGO — The highly secretive Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden will likely be honored in the only way such a covert group(yes, so covert the news can report on the secret ceremony) can be: in private with nobody but themselves and their commanders in the know.

Quietly recognizing heroic actions for clandestine operations is not new in the military. Some service members wear war decorations but refuse to talk about how they earned them. Others stash away their medals, either because they’ve been ordered to hide them or they have chosen to for their own security.

And there are those heroes who have never lived to see a medal, their families sworn to secrecy until they were honored posthumously. For the elite few who dropped from the sky into the walled compound in Pakistan, they must carry on without breathing a word about their participation in Sunday’s spectacular raid that eliminated the world’s most-wanted terrorist.

It is a secret that surely must burn in their souls, but military officials say they have no doubt it will be kept. The stakes are too high.

The Navy still hasn’t confirmed its SEALs carried out the much-lauded, 40-minute operation. But privately, Rear Adm. Edward Winters, at Naval Special Warfare Command in California, sent an email (and we know about the email!) congratulating his forces and reminding them to keep quiet because “the fight is not over.”

Winters is the chief of the elite SEAL unit officially known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or “DEVGRU,” which is made up of only a few hundred personnel based in Dam Neck, Va. They call themselves “the quiet professionals.” (?)

Team members’ names won’t be released for their personal safety, said Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class John Scorza, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Command.

“I can understand the conundrum that commanders are in about how much can you tell,” said defense analyst Paul Giarra, a retired U.S. naval officer. “Because it’s news that’s good for morale and it also makes it clear to al-Qaida that they’re losing. That’s important. They need to know they’re losing.”

Revealing too much, on the other hand, can give the upper hand to groups like al-Qaida, Giarra said.

Gauging how much to tell is a growing challenge as military special operation groups increasingly work side by side with the intelligence community, like the SEALs and CIA did Sunday.

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I may not be a “stickler” for a lot of things, but I am always a stickler about the Red, White and Blue. I don’t know why, maybe it’s my unfulfilled dream of JROTC, Color Guard, who knows….. O.K. Actually I am a stickler for a lot of things, but suffice it to say I am a HUGE stickler for the way the flag is displayed.

I don’t care how or where, I may not say much but it bugs me when the Eagle is facing the wrong way, when someone wraps the flag around their shoulders like it’s a fashionable shawl, and so on and so on. Have my children and myself included ever dropped a flag by accident, yes we have….. but never in purposeful disrespect. With that said….. I won’t get into the obnoxiousness dealing with Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States, the Hollywood gala the Obama’s threw on his behalf and on Jintao’s “dollar” ….

I want to focus on the Flag. Old Glory, The Red White and Blue, The Stars and Stripes….

Historically the flag is the last hope in a war or battle situation….When the flag falls, a nation falls. It’s a common and old tradition that is not exclusive of the United States. We’ve based children’s games based on the “capture” of a flag.

Flags are an honored symbol, it is a marker that speaks volumes when we are too far from the “leader”….Banners tell a story and relay a message from afar and from near.

In Sun Tzu’s Art of War, “On the field of battle, the spoken word does not carry far enough: hence the institution of gongs and drums. Nor can ordinary objects be seen clearly enough: hence the institution of banners and flags. Gongs and drums, banners and flags, are means whereby the ears and eyes of the host may be focused on one particular point.” (thanks Ken)

The message flags relay is so important in fact, that some countries have not changed their flag in ages. The Danish flag has kept it’s design for close to 800 years.

So important is the symbolism that in the game of life, when you give up or lose your flag, you have given up your identity to whomever has. You cease to be of yourself, you now belong to the “other team”.

Side note: Recently I became a Cub Scout Den Leader. This has been one of the greatest and most fun roles I have ever played in my life. In my preparation for that role, I did a lot of research on flag ceremonies (remember, I’m a stickler?)…. I had to be the “expert” because 8-9 yr old boys are counting on their Den Leader.

I went bought this book that the Boy Scouts of America published… Don’t just take their word for it however, you can find this all over the net.

Boy Scouts of America 2001

“The flag of the United State of America should be at the CENTER and at the HIGHEST point of the group when several flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.”

Wrong

I was not at Washington Avenue, I was not there, but if this is IN FACT what was displayed along the avenue…then this is a blatant disgrace and disrespect. Is Obama responsible for this? No. He didn’t go and post the flags on his own, I get it.

But let me ask, is there not one thinking individual in ALL of Washington, D.C. who can bother to look United States Flag protocol up in a book? Are the D.C. idiots really that stupid?

I don’t like to point the finger and use “you”…but in this case I’m pretty upset….

Do YOU people think that China doesn’t “notice” these things? Believe me, they of ALL people do…it is inbred into the CULTURE. Folks, when are most of us and most of everyone else going to get their heads out of the sand and wake up? DO WE NOT CARE?

Whoever put these flags up knew EXACTLY what they were doing….you don’t walk up to a pole with two United States flags and ONE Chinese flag and not know how you are going to arrange them.

Call it what you want, but in my PERSONAL opinion, Barack Obama et. al. have officially tucked each of our noses up Jintao’s big red behind.

Have we figuratively GIVEN UP OUR FLAG and therefore our identity? Perhaps we lost our identity so long ago that we don’t even bother to notice anymore when the proof slaps us in the face. Or do we keep on playing dumb and allow morons in D.C. put up our banner in the wrong way?

I guarantee if a Scout Troop or Cub Scout Pack would have been called, we would not be having this conversation.