May 1, 2012

Obama's Courage? The Coward Hasn't Got a Gram of It


'The thing about heroes, they don't brag' -- John McCain on Bin Laden raid

I've always been a physical coward. At least as far as I know. My own physical courage hasn't really been called upon or tested since the early years of high school, but I did not distinguish myself and have no reason to think I've changed. I've never been one of those who believed in "running away to live to fight another day." Instead I'm more like those who believe in "running away to live to run away another day."

When it comes to performing valorous acts my totem is "The Cowardly Lion:"

I recognize the Cowardly Lion in myself. As a result I've gotten very good at sniffing him out in others, even at a distance. That's why I find all the blather about what a "courageous decision" Obama made in failing to fuck up the killing of Osama Bin Laden hilarious. To avoid the Fail is not to be the Hero.

Obama has never had a iota of a jot of a scintilla of courage in his life. There's no way he attached some Snap-On Tool testicles to himself for the Bin Laden caper. Take it from me: after a lifetime of retracted testicles they don't just drop down on demand.

Still, progressive punks around the media, and in moronic "Foward" faction at the White House, seem to be slobbering all down the front of their Peewee Herman dickeys in the Playhouse. In the last few days we've heard -- ad nauseum -- about how "gutsy" this presidential pecksniff was when Bin Laden was shot to death in Pakistan a year ago.

Gutsy? Really? Let's review. Here's the "guts" it takes.

You knock off from a round of golf and make your way -- surrounded by armed guards -- into a building that sits at the center of a concentric series of defensive rings involving armor, artillery, the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines of the United States of America. Did I mention that your house, among many other things known and unknown, has a Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System installed on the roof?

Going from the golf course to your home, you exist in a bubble of protection formed by some of the finest, most highly trained and heavily armed whoremongers in the history of the world. Your personal automobile is nicknamed "The Beast" and cannot be penetrated by an anti-tank missile. In addition it "is perfectly sealed against biochemical attacks and has its own oxygen supply and firefighting system built into the trunk. Unseen at a glance are two holes hidden inside the lower part of the vehicle's front bumper, which are able to emit tear gas."

Once "at home" -- in what is risibly called "The People's House" -- you take a little stroll surrounded by your guards down to the Situation Room in the basement. There a bunch of people will keep tabs on "your" take-down of Bin Laden through one of the most sophisticated global communications systems in the world. You take your seat in the corner like Little Jack Horner, and sort of hunch over while an admiral of the US Navy turns on a large screen TV and you watch whatever happens to come over the net.

When the TV show put on for you is over you knock off for the rest of the day and go upstairs for some refreshments. Then it's time to make an announcement and to begin to preen around the world. Your acolytes will abase themselves without shame. You will brag without shame.

On the far side of the world, Seal Team Six -- the men that got aboard the helicopters, rode them into a hostile nation at night, crashed one, ran into a building and shot the world's most wanted man dead and then got out -- will be, I trust, relaxing with a beer or two. The guy who pulled the trigger on the Islamic animal will have Seal bragging rights for the rest of his life. But guess what? He'll probably never use them. You, you yellow coward, you'll bring up your meaningless little time spent watch Pentagon TV whenever you think you can find someone to stroke your eunuch's unit for you. Why? Because you've always been a physical coward and you are used to the lies that go with the role.

You might, in another life, have been ashamed. In this one you simply have none.


Note: I've asked this question before the 2008 election: Does Obama Possess Courage? @ AMERICAN DIGEST I was right then and I'm right now. Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 1, 2012 2:33 PM
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Posted by: esadbongo at May 1, 2012 4:24 PM

He's never going to be one who can lead a Seal Team raid or kill another man in a dark alley. He doesn't have to do those things. His gift is to get others to do those things for him.......and then take the credit.

He is a cold-blooded killer as long as it isn't him who does the killing. He really loves using the drones and Seals as assassins. As a pose for his base he forbids using stressful interrogation methods, but is gung ho for his surrogates blowing people away using.....and taking the credit.

This is a dangerous man - unless you meet him in a dark alley.......alone. Then he will use his dulcet tones, coolness factor, and tons of BS to turn you. If that fails, he will run away to find someone else to do his he can take the credit.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at May 1, 2012 4:50 PM

You are correct, sir, that the SEAL that took down bin Laden is not going to talk about it. Still, I'll probably hear from 30 or so guys over the rest of my life, down at the VFW telling about how they were with the SEAL team or were the shooter himself. Of course, that's how I know they'll be lying. The get a masquerade going about how they served and they can't help themselves but to embellish it until anyone with a DD214 can tell they never served a day in their lives. I never met a fake who was a Pvt, stateside on KP duty his whole enlistment. Every single one was an officer in some special unit that got orders directly from the POTUS himself, and now can't talk about the terrible stuff he did. Or course, if you buy him a beer and give him a few smokes, he might just consider you trustworthy enough to let loose a little talk about the time he killed General Ping at Ru Tai with a bootlace...

The never understand that CDR Dick Marcinko doesn't get a bigger welcome from us vets than SN Slipknot because it's not what you did, it's that you served and did your best, even if that was scrubbing the head every day for 4 years.

Posted by: Big Mo at May 1, 2012 6:33 PM

"Going from the golf course to your home, you exist in a bubble of protection formed by some of the finest, most highly trained and heavily armed whoremongers in the history of the world."

Well, that keyboard was getting on in years anyway...

Posted by: TmjUtah at May 1, 2012 6:52 PM

Deep down, Commander-in-Chief O knows that a description of him like yours is who he really is. And it is him 'knowing' it, that will be an inescapable burden he will always bear.

Posted by: Mahtomedi at May 1, 2012 7:35 PM

As one of my commentors pointed out today: Lindsay Lohan would have given the approval to kill Bin Laden.

So there you have it: so simple Lindsay can do it. Move over caveman.

Posted by: MOTUS at May 1, 2012 7:51 PM

That is awesome. The truth hurts.

President Barney Fife.

Posted by: mushroom at May 1, 2012 8:02 PM

You are a warrior of words Gerard. Your writing is your saber, your wit your bullets, this blog your big gun. To write what you have written here is braver than what Obama did by far.

Posted by: Sara at May 1, 2012 9:41 PM

I've never been one of those who believed in "running away to live to fight another day." Instead I'm more like those who believe in "running away to live to run away another day." I am like that also. You are courageous in knowing yourself,
being able to write, and not lying to self or others. I think we are both capable of doing violence to protect our kids and those we love.
As part of a college drill team, I went through a night obstacle course at Fort Dix, NJ and knew I was a coward.I made it,only b/c "there was no going back".

Posted by: Grace at May 1, 2012 9:50 PM

I've never had my metal tested, either. What I found so hilarious about Scrotus' ad is that it featured Bill Clinton narrating the brave Sir Robin's 'deed'. Clinton. Really? Isn't this the daring maverick who let Bin Laden get away? Who missed him 'by that much!' Whose wife said something along the lines: Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

I'd laugh at the irony, but my brain is too constipated.

Posted by: Jewel at May 2, 2012 8:28 AM


If the mission had failed, we wouldn't have heard about it, and not because the WH would have "suppressed" it. I believe it has become SOP for Special Ops to not publicize failed attempts for security reasons.

My point is that this is another reason why it was not a "gutsy" call. There would have been no repercussions from a failed mission that no one would know about. Not even the NYT would have leaked it because they're in the tank for Obama.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 2, 2012 10:30 AM


That Photoshop job at the top of this article should be on billboards all along the highways of the battleground states.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 2, 2012 10:31 AM

I am frequent commenter here and 10-year blogger on military and other matters, but I am not giving my name this time.

Gerard, you are spot on with this post.

As someone who has discovered more than once whether I have the backbone to face potentially-lethal threats or danger (and I was both surprised and pleased to learn that I do), I think you are selling yourself short saying you are by nature cowardly.

The stakes at hand matter. Not long ago, after bedtime one evening, my wife was convinced she heard a person walking on our back deck, which is not far from our bedroom. So I arose, pulled on some shorts and grabbed the first weapon at hand, a Fairbairn-type dagger, and went to check it out. No one and nothing there, so back to bed.

But had I been alone, I probably would have stayed put (assuming I had heard the noise to begin with) and just monitored the situation. But you can't do that when your loved ones are at stake. You have to place your own mortal body between your loved ones and that which may bring them harm.

There is a qualitative difference between sensibly running away from a schoolyard bully and risking yourself to defend whom you love. I am sure, having read your blog for years, that you will know the difference if the time ever comes and will comport yourself accordingly.

Fear is not vanquished by courage but by love.

Posted by: Not this time at May 2, 2012 11:25 AM

Excellent point. Thanks for those thoughts.

Posted by: vanderleun at May 2, 2012 11:35 AM

What Gerard said, Ntt.

Thanks for that. Powerful.

...on the rest,

After I saw Obama's campaign speech from a fortified base in Afghanistan, I was moved to go watch "Baracka Flocka Flame" on Youtube for about five iterations. That gave me perspective.

Posted by: mezzrow at May 2, 2012 4:06 PM

Move. To. Contact. And go from there.

Can't help it. It has always made perfectly good sense to me.

Posted by: TmjUtah at May 2, 2012 4:30 PM

Re the cartoon: strangely enough it is unfair to Obama - he is perfectly capable of "repelling" - does it to me all the time. "Rappelling" from a helicopter... no way.

Posted by: sherlock at May 3, 2012 10:19 AM

I've always been a physical coward."

'Physical Coward'? That says it all Gerard. I am certain that if you are 'called upon' (and you will know it deep in your heart whom I am referring to) you will not waver or run away. There are fates worse than death - and cowardice. In the meantime, I think your chosen calling is a much better fit for you that a Physical Warrior. An English King once said there are 3 kinds of men: those who fight, those who work and those who preach. Each are needed in their capacity and I am glad you are who you are.

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