Retired Admiral William McRaven is someone that truly makes America great. His life is not some slogan on a hat, he has lived out this motto with service to our country. Forget the politics of all this, he should be thanked by any Commander-and-Chief; Republican or Democrat. America and our military are better for his 37 years of service as a Navy Seal Commander.
McRaven not only commanded the servicemembers who killed Osama bin Laden , but he also commanded the servicemembers who captured Saddam Hussein and those who rescued Captain Phillips.
He is a man of personal integrity and outstanding character. He has been married for 40 years. Some may dismiss this, they should not. A man who cheats on his wife will cheat on you. Being married to the same woman that long says a lot about an individual. Character is destiny. That goes for all of us personally, but that also goes for us as a nation.
On Sunday, President Trump attacked McRaven. Saying he was a Hillary backer in 2016. That is a lie. The President also tried to place blame on McRaven for how long it took our military to find bin Laden. This is also wrong. The CIA was in charge of finding OSB, not the Navy Seals. Within hours of getting the go from President Obama, Seal Team Six, under the United States Special Operations Command of McRaven carried out the mission with valor.
These comments reflect more on President Trump’s lack of dignity, not McRaven. Honestly, does the President actually think he could bully a man like McRaven?
Addressing the 2014 graduates of the University of Texas, McRaven said this about individuals that try to bully, “during the land warfare phase of BUDS training, the students are flown out to San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego. The waters off San Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks. To pass SEAL training there are a series of long swims that must be completed. One is the night swim.
Before the swim, the instructors joyfully brief the trainees on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente. They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark — at least not recently. But, you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position — stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid. And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you — then summon up all your strength and punch him in the snout, and he will turn and swim away.
There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them. So, if you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.”
McRaven has lived his life defeating some of the worst individuals and terrorist on the planet. I doubt he is going to be fearful of Trump’s narcissistic comments.
In his book based off that commencement speech, “Make Your Bed,” McRaven wrote about how we should have respect for many, knowing that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if we do these things — then the world will be a far better place.
Our nation is far better because McRaven served it. If the President will not recognize that, maybe the rest of us will.