Thought i'd share this with you guys. the military folks will probably get it......
Every admin has it's scandals, real and imagined. This admin has three big scandals at one time. All are important, but to me none matter more than Benghazi. The other day in a speech, the president made mention that those who serve overseas in dangerous places know, and accept, the risk. He's right about that, but that's not the whole story.
According to the excellent book "First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan" by Gary Schroe, one of the reasons there was a delay in getting special forces into Afghanistan was the lack of SAR. The military didn't want to insert teams unless they had some chance of rescuing them if they got into trouble. Did that make Afghanistan a less dangerous place? No. Did it make the troops inserted more or less willing to go? No. What it did do is fulfill the promise that we make to our deployed people, that we will try. We will try to get to you. We will try to protect you. We will try to get you out.
Of the the dismal failures of the Jimmy Carter admin, the one thing I never faulted him for was the rescue attempt. Sure, it failed, was not well planned, probably had more politics behind it than sense....but he sent a team to try.
All of my family have, or are, serving in the military. We know that there are people who train, and risk their lives, just to come get us if things go wrong. They are willing to risk their lives to keep the promise that we never leave someone behind. At the expense of their own lives, they keep that promise. Outside the military it might seem strange to risk ten to save two. For us, it's a pact that must be kept.
While the IRS scandal might touch more people, the press scandal might grab headlines, the Benghazi story matters to me. It matters because faith was broken.
They never even tried.