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Interview: Retired Navy SEAL Commander launches anti-Obama SuperPAC
A few weeks ago, a group of retired special forces operators formed an independent national political action committee, or Super PAC, called Special Operations For America
, dedicated to defeating President Barack Obama.
"The absolute majority of special operations veterans are behind us," said Ryan K. Zinke
, a retired Navy commander, who commanded SEAL Team Six in the 1990s and who commanded the Arabian Peninsula Task Force from 2004 to 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SOFA acts as a voice for the active-duty personnel and the former military members who must remain silent, he said.
Zinke said the veterans group came together in the spirit of the oath all military members swear to defend the country and the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
"Everyone took that oath, and now it is time to stand again," he said.
"There is a lot of fear out there," he said. "People are nervous. You know, for the first time in my life, I am fearful about the direction the country is going."
The retired SEAL, who now serves as a Republican state senator in Montana, said the president's proposed defense budget cuts and his unfocused strategy in Afghanistan demonstrate Obama's inability to function as a national security leader. "Somebody has to speak up and point out the shortfalls."
Another example of Obama's unsatisfactory leadership was his handling of the bin Laden mission and the political exploitation of special operations forces, he said.
The former University of Oregon football star said, "There were a couple things that shocked me. First, when the administration quickly identified SEAL Team Six as the force. That was a tremendous mistake—and they were unapologetic about it—as soon as you label a specific force, you put that force into a great deal of risk. Second, the commercial President Clinton made for the campaign that was clearly about the decision."
The president deserves credit for making the decision to get bin Laden, but the commercial with President Clinton harped on the great risk Obama took if something went wrong, many in the special operations community took offense, he said. Obama was taking political risk, but the men on the mission were risking their lives for their country.
The mission itself was not just about giving a single order, he said. "It was the culmination of years and years of building up capability. It was not about the decision, it was about the ability of America to conduct operations of this complexity—and that is foreign to his thinking because he is all-political."
The media attention is a new dynamic Obama should not have encouraged, he said.
"The special operations are generally a secretive organization, or at least it had been in the past, recently there's been new ground, we're in a new world," he said.
"There's an uncomfortability, especially from the older guys—guys, who would go their whole career where nobody knew what they did—there is now uneasiness about them going to Hollywood," he said.
Zinke said it is necessary to defeat Obama in order to restore the right balance.
is not affiliated with the campaign of W. Mitt Romney, the group will make every effort to support his election in November, he said. In addition to campaign events, SOFA will sponsor an RV that will travel and shadow the Romney campaign to provide support.
This week's roster is pretty close to the perfect balance of guns and patriotism!
Neil W. McCabe
Editor,Guns & Patriots