Former Navy SEAL Larry Bailey, founder of a group called Special Operations Speaks (SOS) told Foreign Policy magazine that he’s a birther and doesn’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US. I’ve been over there yesterday and today commenting in response to the usual gang of birthers: Sewell, Farrar and Voeltz who are trolling the Internet these days looking for places to dump their discredited legal theories about Obama’s eligibility. Those guys bring out the worst in me.
This is the second allegedly unrelated Special Ops organization to go public within about a week. The other is Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund.
Bailey told US News and World Report that his SOS group experienced a “big”spike (800 new donors) in fundraising during the three days following his exit from the birther closet.
While the Special Ops PACs might raise money, they also are attracting sharp criticism from their compatriots. Army Special Forces Maj. Fernando Lujan called the video activism “an unprofessional, shameful action on the part of the operators that appear in the video, period” and “in violation of everything we’ve been taught, and the opposite of what we should be doing, which is being quiet professionals.” Read more at the Marine Corps Times.
Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analysis and author of a book on the tracking and killing of Bin Laden, weighs in with a devastating critique of the Special Ops video Dishonorable Disclosures.