Signed ‘Seal’-ed Delivered Straight to Hell

I’m so very proud of our military but words can’t express the admiration and deep gratitude I feel towards the Navy Seals who, with razor-sharp precision, infiltrated Bin Laden’s compound and killed him.  I say, “good riddance UBL and may you rot in hell with the rest of your cohorts.”

So while I’m reading today that these brave men will have to be honored in private for their clandestine achievement to ensure their own safety, I’m also reminded of some recent stupid comments and conclusions from some really clueless individuals who know nothing about what it takes to defend our country.

Rosie O’Donnell was bemoaning the fact that her teenaged son had shown an interest in the military.   Lamenting the idea that here she is, a “peace-loving anti-war Mom” and her son’s been interested in the military since he was a “little baby,” she was hoping he’d grow out of it but hasn’t.

I can’t imagine a nobler calling.  Without a draft in this country, we still have young men and women who voluntarily join the military and believe in it so strongly that they’re willing to sacrifice their lives for their belief.  They’re actually ready to die to defend Miss O’Donnell’s right to stay stupid stuff like 9/11 was an inside job.

It made me sick to my stomach to read that Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in Iraq, was heckled and called a racist during a town-hall meeting at the University to discuss whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.  So, here’s this 28-year old veteran being hissed and booed by a bunch of snotty-nosed little twerps who probably cry over a hangnail and are too afraid to walk through Central Park at dusk.

Whatever your position on the ROTC issue (I say if Columbia receives any federal funding, it should be defunded until the ROTC is back on campus), there’s no excuse for “laughing and jeering” this American hero who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center recovering from his wounds.  (When the story broke, I hadn’t heard a word from the President how he felt about this disrespectful display at his alma mater — has anyone heard a word from him?)

The only thing worse than these useless twits is the University of Washington assistant professor Amy Hagopian, an author of a report which compared the behavior of military recruiters with the behaviors of sexual predators.  In my decades-long career in child abuse and neglect, I’ve dealt with dozens of sexual predators and to make any comparison between them and our military is disgusting and offensive.  To compare sexual predators that groom and psychologically manipulate a vulnerable and weak child to the actions of a military recruiter is sickening and moronic.

I would suggest Miss O’Donnell and Professor Hapogian learn about the training a man must go through before he becomes a Navy Seal or spend some time watching one of the best shows on television, Lifetime’s Coming Home, an uplifting show which reflects the nobility, strength, bravery, and dedication of our military’s men and women.

At Christmas, I wrote an article Sacrifice Is Not Faceless about my Goddaughter, Jeannine (an Iraq War veteran herself), and her husband, Jeremy, now serving in Afghanistan.  Having a first-hand glimpse into the lives of these two strong and courageous people, I tried to convey the enormous sacrifice our military families make every day.  Coming Home brings this dedication into our living rooms every Sunday by showing the mutual love and admiration of our fighting men and women and their children, fathers, mothers, and parents.

Instead of hoping your child’s interest in such an honorable career would wane or conclude that our military men and women are the equivalent of defenseless children susceptible to outside influence, we should see our military men and women as the strong, dedicated and brave fighting force they are and that they’re worthy of our deepest and sincerest gratitude and respect.

For all the Rosie O’Donnells and Amy Hagopians in this country, thank God for people like Bill O’Reilly who raised $1 million for the Fisher House, a truly worthy charity, by selling his notes for the Super Bowl Sunday interview with President Obama.  There’s also Dennis Miller, who is the national spokesman for USA Cares, an organization that assists post 9/11 military service members and their families.  And there’s also Kaziah Hancock who paints portraits of fallen soldiers free of charge for their families as part of Project Compassion.

Organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project and TAPS support our veterans and their families and recognize the sacrifice they’ve made for all of us – are you hearing me Miss O’Donnell and Miss Hagopian?

I don’t get people who cloak their idiotic statements in the First Amendment but denigrate the system that protects that right, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Ron

    I am also grateful for what our military has done. I am convinced that Rosie O’Donnell and the students who protest ROTC are in a minority so I do not get upset about them. I think most of us have learned to ignore them. President Obama is the Commander and Chief and had to approve the mission. I may disagree with him on most things but I believe he has to be congratulated for this mission as well

    • Leona Salazar

      Thanks, Ron, for your comments. You’re obviously someone who is unaffected by what celebrities say and do. If you look at the people with the most number of followers on Twitter, for example, you’ll see that out of the top ten, only one is not a “celebrity” – Barack Obama in third place with 7.8 million followers. The rest, Lady Gaga at #1 with 9.8 million followers to Shakira at #10 with 5.8 million, and Justin Beiber, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Aston Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Taylor Swift in the middle. We shouldn’t forget that Rosie had a very successful Emmy-award winning show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996-2002; she was one of the ladies on The View from 2006-2007; she was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2007 (people Time described as men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world); she started her “Jahero” videoblog in 2007; has been on Rosie Radio since 2009 on Sirius radio; and is getting ready to launch her new television show in September on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). While you may have learned to ignore her, she has continued to have a huge microphone in social media, radio and television. We saw how successful the use of the internet was in getting Obama elected in 2008. I’m sure celebrities, the majority of whom are left-leaning, had something to do with it and I have no doubt that their influence will be in play again in 2012. If you think people who are influenced by celebrities are weak-minded, then those same folks can be easily motivated/manipulated into voting a certain way as well. While you may discount the cult mentality around celebrities in American culture, I’m not ready to discount their influence on the public at this point.




  • Roger Ward

    When we heard Osama was dead, my girlfriend immediately put on her flag shirt (big American flag on the front) and I went and attached two flags to her car. I hope that some American service man or woman saw them and understand that we and all the country support them and appreciate what they do for us. There will always be a small minority of lefties like O’Donnell and Hagopian who do not appreciate the irony of criticizing the actions of people who make it possible for those same lefties to enjoy the freedoms that they do.

    Another thing: Obama deserves some credit for Osama’s death. Not more than Bush does, as they both worked hard for Osama’s death, but some. No, I’m not an Obama supporter (just read my previous comments in answer to Leona’s articles) but I believe in being fair. It’s really the Intelligence Services and the Seals who deserve credit …. but the guy on top will always try to stand in the sun. Obama continued Bush’s efforts and deserves some credit for sending Osama to hell.

    • Leona Salazar

      You’re absolutely right. I give the President credit for ordering the unilateral attack on the compound and allowing ours guys to do the deed.

  • Eric

    The Columbia University Senate voted to endorse ROTC on April 1 by a vote of 51-17. Columbia and Navy announced an agreement on NROTC on April 22.

    • Leona Salazar

      I’m very glad to hear that. Thanks for the update.

  • chief98110

    I seldom agree with our President’s decisions and his liberal policies, but I give him a big high five for his gutsy decision to by-pass the Pakistani government (who had known where Mr. Bin Laden was vacationing for the last 5 years) and give the order to go in and get the murderer.
    Good job Mr. President and God Bless our brave men & women in the military.