Sea, Air, and Land

by Steve on August 8, 2011

I hate helicopters.  Always have and always will – I don’t trust the whole idea of beating air into submission. Too many moving parts and when those swirling parts conspire against you all you have left is auto-rotation: keep enough pitch on the blades such that they generate enough lift to slow you down a bit before you crash. The stress of riding such a machine into a hot firefight at night is simply unimaginable. Keep in mind I survived night carrier landings with someone else at the controls – they didn’t come close. 

I lost several friends during my time in the Navy but never 22 in a blink. It is a national tragedy to lose such men and a severe blow to the SEAL fraternity but it must not become a political tool. They died fighting in a battle that has been on-going for centuries, one that we as a society have decided is not polite dinner conversation. They answered a call.  Once again I defer to Lex, his words do a far superior job of honoring the fallen than any I could come up with.

 “For those who know, no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation is possible.”

Just in case you skip the link above, here’s the one that really counts:

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