Bill Clinton’s poor choice of words — Navy SEALS’ and their families take another hit
There is a video making the rounds at the moment showing the reaction of the parents of fallen Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn, to an Obama campaign ad. The ad was produced earlier this year, with Time Magazine aiding the Obama self-congratulations, by editing out a crucial part of the Clinton-speak. The campaign ad shown below, in the opening sequence, has Bill Clinton saying the following:
“That’s one thing George Bush said that was right: the President is the Decider-in-Chief. Nobody can make that decision for you. Look, he knew what would happen. Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there and it hadn’t been bin Laden? Suppose they’d been captured or killed? The downside would have been horrible for him.” [emphasis added]
That one sentence is what produced the tearful condemnation from Mrs. Vaughn. And rightly so.
Since the campaign ad was about Barack Obama, Clinton most likely addressed his comments within that context. But as many politicians, speechwriters and copywriters can attest to, you sometimes miss the obvious, especially when words or lack of, come back to haunt you. We already know that we have a vainglorious individual in the Oval office. (For reference, consider his tribute to the late Neil Armstrong.) For the service members caught in that hellhole of a war these past 10 years, and their families back home, the downside of any military action affects them. Just ask anyone suffering through PTSD, or becoming used to artificial limbs. Or the families who have only memories and a graveside visit.
Poor choice of words, Bill. I think you owe Mr. & Mrs. Vaughn a phone call.