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Trump and 2015 McCain comments
"Donald trump is vehemently denying allegations made in a shocking Atlantic piece, which claims that trump refused to visit a US military cemetery near Paris in two thousand, eighteen because the fallen soldiers were in his words, losers and suckers. Now I say it was a shocking piece but to be honest with you not so shocking when you consider all the different times, he transparently brazenly said terrible things about members of our military who happen to disagree with him politically. But here he is denying it and then I'll give you what the facts are to think that I would make statements negative to. Our military and our fallen heroes nobody's done what I've done. With the budgets with the military budgets with getting pay raises military it is a disgraceful situation. By a magazine that's a terrible magazine. I don't read it by disagreed with John. McCain. But still respected him and I had to approve his funeral is president. We lowered the flags I had to approve that nobody else I had to approve it when you think I'm just thinking back. I had to approve either Air Force One or military plane. To go to Arizona to pick up his casket and I approved it immediately. So. Let's take a look at a trump tweet from two thousand fifteen because there's always tweet. This is from July two, thousand fifteen where trump referred to John McCain as a loser. I mean he tweeted an article about himself calling John McCain loser. So he was bragging about it also when McCain died in two thousand, eighteen trump refused to lower the White House flag back to half staff even though it's become customary for presidents to sign a proclamation calling for the flag to remain at half staff for members of Congress until the day of interment, and then one other piece of evidence to Kinda refute trump's narrative in that video take a look and I said somebody should run against John McCain who has been. In my opinion not so hot I supported him. I supported for President I raised a million dollars from a lot of money. I supported him. He lost he let us down but he lost. So. I never liked him as much after that because I don't like to lose. But. But Frank Franklin we're get doing. He hit me he's a war hero. He's a war hero he's a war hero presumed captured. I like people that weren't captured. Okay I hate to tell you. That was from twenty. Fifteen event in Iowa. So. I don't know how to talk trump supporters anymore. That's why I'm done with them in my personal life and everywhere else because the guy. Ridiculous Liar. Does he know that he tweeted on John McCain's loser does he know he said on? Massimo you guys all remember when he said for people who weren't. But earlier, he said, I don't like losers referring to John McCain. So why did he come out yesterday and say no I never malsor. Each just unbelievable he's capable and so if you say, Hey, know what I love people who are Liars Okay again I mean do you boo okay. and. And look again. I. Blame the media. And Because So many politicians lie and they never call it out. They'd never they enabled politicians lies for decades. So eventually, you got one that. So over the top that even. Though. And remember you guys remember it took them like a couple of years before they finally gather up the nerve to say, well, what Donald Trump said, there was not correct. I'm forgetting the name of the CNN analyst who finally just said it and then went on this three minute rant fact checking trump. Fact checking trump's RNC speech but he started that three minute rant by saying trump lied he's a liar and I was like. Is. This CNN what's going on? And so yeah, you're right Jangling the fact that that excited me because it's so rare I think mean something and we'll get you the name of the person I'm talking about because he deserves all the credit I'm kind of blanking right now but look I actually think with this particular story and a few others. The media has done a decent job. So for instance, business insider had a very lengthy list highlighting all the different times, Donald trump attacked members of the military right and fallen soldiers. So I wanna read a few of them right now in fact, as you guys can probably remember in July of two thousand, sixteen trump attacked the family of captain who mine con a slain soldier someone who died. Fighting for the country dismissing a speech his father Kaiser Khan made because he said Khan's mother hadn't been allowed to speak the family said she had not spoken because she too emotional to talk about her son's death. And he just kept going after that family. It was it was honestly disgusting in October of two thousand seventeen trump forgot the name of slain US Army Sergeant La- David Johnson while he was on the phone with his widow, Johnson was killed in an ambush in. Niger. While while in active service. Misha. Johnson said the call was trump made her cry and trump told her that her husband knew would he had signed up for in November of two thousand Eighteen Fox News is Chris Wallace asked trump about his thoughts on retired Admiral William mcraven a former navy seal been. who was behind the mission that killed Osama bin. Laden. He interrupted Wallace and said Hillary Clinton. Fan. When Wallace continued trump did to excuse me Hillary Clinton Fan trump went on to repeat that mcraven supported Clinton which by the way he hadn't as well as former President Barack Obama and said frankly wouldn't have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that. I mean, there's so many more examples Jank but I mean I want to give you an opportunity to respond to some of them. By the way Daniel Dale is the CNN reporter that I was referring to earlier go ahead. So we've seen him call the generals, losers, thousands of times and so. I guess people are shocked at that. He would go and call the fallen soldiers losers as well, and not just stop a general's or veterans or captured soldiers. But is it really shy at all? He calls everybody lose them in his denial. He called the military people who were the sources for this story lowlifes and liars. If you're trying to deny that you'd ever call anybody in the military losers you shouldn't then turn around in your denial and call them lowlifes. Buyers. So I look. Landing brokers story with four sources. Then Washington Post back it up with three sources and the Associated Press also found sources all saying the same thing. I actually want to read a few excerpts from the Washington Post piece. Again, these aren't the same sources. These are additional sources who also spoke to the Washington Post about. Their experience with trump and what he had to say about fallen soldiers in one account. The president told senior advisors that he didn't understand why the US government plays such a high value on finding. Oh. This is so disgusting finding soldiers missing in action because they had performed poorly and gotten caught in deserved what they got according to a person familiar with the discussion. Okay. That That part of the story like I don't know all of it is gross but that part hit me the hardest because he just doesn't value people's lives and think about losing a family member that way and knowing that the president of the United States does not care to find their bodies. A trump believes people who served in Vietnam War must be losers. They hadn't gotten out of it according to a person familiar with the comments. Trump also complained bitterly to then chief of staff, John Kelly that he didn't understand why Kelly and others in the military treated. McCain, who had been imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War with such reverence isn't he kind of a loser? Trump asked according to a person familiar with trump's comments. So. Look at Donald Trump says, this is outrageous synonymous sources. Donald Trump also, just a couple of days ago said that there was a plane full of thugs who are gonNA come and disturb. His, acceptance speech and caused violence and when asked, who told you that he said? I can't tell you basically it's anonymous. So. I'm supposed to believe your anonymous source of a trust me to go. You would know trust me. But we're not supposed to believe now it looks like about a half, a dozen military sources for that talked to three different publications all saying the same thing and all saying things that are very similar to what you said before and by the way yesterday show before the Washington Post Associated Press stories came out I said I guarantee you. that. He thinks that they're suckers 'cause he out of be fake doctor's note because his daddy bottom one and he thinks they're suckers for not being able to get out of the war his spoil less and it turns out. That's exactly what he said according to the military sources that heard him say. And remember when sources are anonymous to the general public that doesn't mean that there are anonymous to the reporters. Reporters have to vet their anonymous sources and corroborate what they're saying So maybe they're anonymous to us, but they're not anonymous to the reporters.
Interview With Commander Kirk Lippold
"Welcome back. This is two of my interview with Kamenda Cook Leopold retired us. Commend. Commanding Officer of the US ask coal. When When it came under a suicide terror attack. by Al Qaeda back in the port of Yemen and. This was a In many ways the event that foreshadowed to nine eleven we import one we were talking about what happened back in that time we've been talking about leadership and politically how latest. Military has become. Driven by politics I want to expand further into this conversation I'm really grateful. Commend Leopold is with us here because. We are in a very different time as we're having this conversation as recording compensation were in the midst of a pandemic in two, thousand, nine, hundred, twenty however. There is more going on here and I want to dive into the political understandings of what's going on because. Politics, is a very interesting thing when it comes to the military because. The military is famously neutral. One about how serving your commander in chief to protect the country. CETERA. But for the first time, I've been studying politics. And actually American politics for since I was ten years old. and. Fla. First Time I can remember you now getting military leaders coming out and speaking. So yet retired Admiral William mcraven new came out and criticize trump about what was happening with the Kurds you've got general mathis who served under trump coming out and talking about trump and doing militarily, and now you've got trump talking about this the bounty that Russia's put out on American soldiers and saying it's a hoax. First of all, I want to ask you what is your thought on military leaders. Millet certainly retired ones but coming out and actually doing what they've never been I don't remember ever doing before and saying this is out of order. What's your thoughts on? Why I think you're you're crossing the line and I think part of that was driven by decision. The United States made post Vietnam where we chose to no longer have a draft where we would select people to serve in the military for a defined period of time but instead went to the all volunteer force and the way I have always approached it is. When you choose to serve and you'd like, I've mentioned in in part one was you choose that life of consequence in the service to your nation Yes enduring your period of service there may come decisions. That are going to be political in nature and let's face it. You can have the military giving you orders but who ultimately gives that direction? It are political appointees. And if you as a military officer spun to mentally disagree with the direction of those orders being given by your political masters because that's how our nation is designed in, you really get to choices in life. Put Up and shut up or get out. and. At some point in time serving in the military is not supposed to be a job for life. You hang up your Spurs. If you stayed long enough, you'll get a retirement check every single mom and then guess what go find work that contributes positively to the future of our nation, and that's I've tried to do is to give back to teach people those leadership skills. That we need out in the business world, I mean when eighty percent of the retired admirals generals go to work for the defense industry they're not sharing that expertise that they could be sharing with business in the civilian community to make even better and make sure that we understand as Americans how the military works and how we think wire we are the respected institution that we are. I think it's very disappointing when you got a lot of these military officers who choose to speak out against the president of the United States because. If you're going to have a military where they've enjoyed all the benefits including the political benefits of being senior in rank like that, and then they want to use that positional authority still wearing their stars on their callers or on their sleeve to somehow now feel that they are entitled to speak out about the commander in chief. That's fine. If you want to take on the policies, that's one thing when. You attack the individual I don't care what president it is whether it's President Bush. President Obama President Trump Benue are crossing a line at that point that even though you may have come from the civilian ranks served in the military in your civilian again if you want to maintain that professional ethos exemplified by General Marshal. Way Back in post World War Two. Then guess what challenged the policies don't challenge the people.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Is one one of perhaps your closest friend in your book you write about him being there when You know right after your accident When the doctors were Talking to your wife and talking to you about what had happened and he was trying to Handle that situation and help interpret And encourage you So that's as that's how close He is to you What were your what. Were your thoughts when you saw him At that committee. Yeah no no Joe McGuire for over forty years and I can tell you without question. One of the finest military officers one of the finest public servants A man of really unquestionable integrity. But in a very difficult position he'd been the deny for all of six weeks I think before he goes before the Congress he was handed this report as I understand it. You know a couple of days after. He is sitting in the chair But frankly I think he handled the tough questions exceedingly well in light of the fact that obviously he is there to be a foil for the Democrats and probably a bit of a foil for the Republicans as well and one. I thought his opening statement was very clear very concise. Why he went to the attorney general why he had to talk to the White House because they were the only ones that could determine whether executive privilege was in play But the other part that he made very clear was he is here to to make sure that the protection of the whistle blower he will protect a whistle blower as best. He can and I believe that particularly if that individual is a member of the intelligence community. That's his responsibility. He understands that is the leader of that organization that He has that responsibility. He talked about the whistle blowers complaint being credible and that We should we should follow through with the process so I think he handled it magnificently. You and I don't mean to ask this as a leading question but it concerns me Because I like you have great reverence for these institutions of our democracy What IMPACT HAS All of this the president's Ongoing battle with the intelligence community You know with the Justice Department the FBI What what impact does it have on morale? Yeah I think it has a significant impact Now I don't WanNA sound like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth. But the rank and file of these organizations the intelligence community that law enforce community they do. They're going to do their job irrespective of what happens in the in turmoil in Washington. Dc So I think the American Publican feel very very confident that Our intelligence community law enforcement community is out there doing their job however having said that when you undermine the credibility of the intelligence community and you you believe Vladimir Putin over the intelligence community when you talk about the fact that the Justice Department is corrupt and that the f. b. i. has got dirty cops in it absolutely. This affects the morale of these organizations. Why wouldn't it? I've also been very concerned about the president's attack on on the free press I'm your a studied journalism then shows up in the wave in this. I I make a made a point a couple years ago when he first made the statement I said Look. This is the greatest. His statement That the that the media was the enemy of the American people was the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime and I was called on that a couple of Times said we'll a greater threat than the Soviet Union absolutely. We came together to fight the Soviet Union a greater threat than terrorism. You Bet we came together to fight terrorism but by calling out the media and saying that it is a threat to the American people in the American people begin to to to doubt the mainstream media and that is incredibly disruptive and destructive. That's the intent. Isn't it the President? I think Leslie Stahl from. Cbs Reported Conversation She had with him where he said. I want people not to trust you. So that when you say bad things about me. They won't believe you run so again. I think this is incredibly corrosive and I stand by my words I do think it is the greatest threat to democracy in in my lifetime. You had as you as you hinted at on the Christmas card comment that he you had a tussle with the president earlier when he When it went after John Brennan a boat. You and I both know I used to joke. He was the homeland security person at the NFC. When I was in the White House I used to tell everybody. I slept well at night knowing that John. Never did And just a a very honorable guy guys been very outspoken In his Chris has been the president Sought to to Take his the security clearance away that former directors of the C. I. A. R. and others in high positions including yourself. Or according you asked you asked to have yours revoked in protest well to your point John Brennan Long Time WanNa take my friendships very seriously and John's a good friend. But more importantly you know John has worked for like eight different presidents He is not political and as a as a former director. Cia The former being the operative forty absolutely has right as a private citizen to criticize the president or anyone else. Now you may or may not agree with criticisms but he certainly has the right to do that and for the president to threaten to take his Clarence away as a little bit of a You know of a of a threat to ensure that he he stops talking one bad at bat approach to take with John Brennan But to that just that seemed like he was getting bullied. And so you know it's it's absolutely and the president's response to you is that you are a Hillary Clinton Fan and parenthetically said you should caught bin Laden right And and my comment back. Tim Was Didn't support any candidate he also said I was Obama Fan. I said Granted I said I am a fan of President Obama and President Bush who I worked for both men and as I've said many times I had great respect for both of them so the president was off the mark on that. Tell me about them as as leaders and What you learned about leadership from From both of them interestingly enough while their other individual personalities are different As you know from kind of sitting in the situation room when you sit in situation room how you deal with the the principals in the situation room. I think tells a lot about the president and in both cases while they different personalities. You know President Obama's you know a little bit more reserved and thoughtful on things President Bush had a little bit of the swagger. That was good very gregarious very outgoing but in the situation room both men wanted input from their staff. They wanted to have a serious dialogue. They wanted to learn from the people that understood the topics Deeply and they were happy to have you know different points of view. That is the only way you're going to come to a decision so I thought interestingly enough on their leadership style they both recognize that there are other people in the room that are probably smarter than they are on issues. You need to listen to those folks you need to allow the process to work and then as the president you need to make the decisions and in the case of both President Bush and Obama. They were great decision makers they didn't take too much council of their fears when it came to hard decisions and I give them both credit again whether you agree with their politics or their approaches. They were doing what they thought was right for the country. Not Right for George Bush not right for Barack Obama but right for the country and it's easy to follow people like that. Yeah you know you you you mentioned a really important Element of leadership. Which is the confidence to have other people around you to the confidence in yourself. That You you you're not demeaning yourself or admitting some failure by Sarah Yourself with people who may have insights or understandings that you need to know and don't have run and both of them again at least in my experience probably more actually with President Obama But but a fair amount of experience with President Bush. They both relied on their staffs and they were both anxious to receive input. Even it was contrary to their personal position. You a two of the episodes you're involved with with President Obama were The rescue of Captain Philips which became a major motion picture And I remember And you know One of my memories of being in the White House was someone just telling me Sir. Parenthetically just walked into the president's office and told him that the seals have the pirates insight. But the you know this is a fast changing thing they could take. They think they can take the pirates out but they might kill Captain Phillips You know in the process Should they take the shot? And you've got like ten minutes to decide and I thought well I guess he gets the big bucks right that that's but that is the presidency And you know and it's also you. You were the the line Officer who was supervising at an you had to make those decisions and recommendations. The second one was Was the bin Laden raid and Just talk a little bit about That experience and and that decision to go forward a couple of things on the road one I give tremendous credit to director Leon Panetta You're very very fusible cash ASI as you should. I should because frankly you know his if you know him which I know you do I mean. He is incredibly gregarious. He really has no ego. When it comes to getting the job done this could have been a I only mission But I think Panetta understood that. Look this is what we did for living we. The special operations community brought us in early made sure we had everything we needed to be successful. And so I think this will go down. Obviously is one of the great intelligence missions in history but also credit that to Leon Panetta and Michael. Morell who really had the courage to pull the team together but the other piece of this is The president has national security team. I tell irrespective of what side of the aisle. You're on You would have been incredibly impressed with how the present and that team handled this. I was in six or seven meetings with the president from January through April and your we had heated discussions but there was never any rancor there was never nothing personal it was just because there was never a certainty that Osama bin Laden was in there. You're going to have to ruffle the feathers of the Pakistanis to do this mission. And and this was your task. There was no. It wasn't clear until you did all of your work that this was even a feasible mission. Right all things you laid out exactly right. We went every time we had a meeting. The president would turn to Leon Panetta and say William. What do you think now? Panetta was was very more certain. I think than most people sitting around the table that it was bin Laden but but he had to admit that the the evidence was inconclusive by any means and in fact late in the game I think last meeting I was in Mike Lighter. Who was the director of the National Counterterrorism Center had been asked to review the intelligence and came back and said look we think the chances bin Laden's anywhere between sixty percent and forty percent and I'm thinking to myself forty percent who in the world is going to authorize a mission to fly one hundred and sixty two miles into Pakistan to target? That is a couple of miles from there west point a couple of miles from an infantry battalion a mile from a police station and by the way the have nuclear weapons. I flew the next day to Afghanistan. Got a call on Friday night from Leon Panetta. And he said the president approved the motion..
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"You know for we're pulled out of here in five months and I had thought about same thing and the only thing I could tell him at the time was look. We don't know a what our actions the cascading effect our actions will have if we go out tonight and stop a vehicle borne I e D from killing one hundred people in a market in Baghdad. We don't know whether or not one of those people that saved will not go on to cure. Cancer will not go onto find us. Renewable Energy will not go onto the next Iraq president of Iraq. So you got to do your job. The American people have sent us here to do our job And yes we can look back on it retrospectively and asked whether or not the right thing to do but in the moment if you begin to question the decisions too hard it will be difficult to do. Yeah would be and I understand that from a military standpoint. But you're also you have a kind of scholarly View of things. You know the President Obama when he was not even a US senator but was running for the US. Senate Made a speech when the Senate was voting on the on the authorization of military force and he said that he feared an engagement of undetermined length undetermined costs or an undetermined consequences. That would Unleash sectarian warfare in Iraq And Make America more of a focus of terrorism. All those things ended up happening today. Not Let it so. I can't deny not my intent to To denier debate. What has happened on the battlefield? And what has happened around the world again personally? I wish we hadn't gone to war in Iraq candidly But you're sent there to do. The China understood your culture but I also think that it remains to be seen fifty years from now if if you don't have Saddam Hussein there and you begin to build a stable Iraq and the Kurds are our have become a great and functioning society. Iraqis have become strong then. We'll we look back at it differently. I don't know we're going to have to have another podcast fifty years. I think so and talk about it but you know we wouldn't Afghanistan for. I think all the right reasons and we're still there in Afghanistan. So do you think the President Obama made a mistake by withdrawing all troops from Iraq? I don't think he made a mistake. It's time I think it was the right thing to do. Now all the troops. I do think it would have been helpful to leave. Some troops in there Just as I think it's important that we continue to have a presence in Afghanistan. I realized that it would have cost more lives if we left troops in Iraq but of course by pulling troops out of Iraq. You saw the rise of Isis. Could we have prevented that? I don't know again. It's easy to sit here and and kind of modern times and second guess a lot of these decisions but But at the time I didn't agree with President I thought it was the right. Move to begin to pull out of Iraq and let the Iraqi stand on their own two feet. The only thing I would've asked was we probably should've kept a little bit more presence in there to bolster the Iraqi army because they were still struggling to stable at the time. I mentioned that you served for two years at the. Nfc that the beginning of the In the beginning of the that era You you Little known fact. Were one of the author your when people have to take their shoes off at the airport. They should all think of you because you were A and take their computers out. but So those were some of the things That you did there but I have a different question. Which is you've been watching the events unfolding just in this last week And I was wondering how you react to someone who not only served in the military but served at the NFC when you Read a what. The president's conversation was With the president of Ukraine and the the which took place at a time when he had frozen aid military that they needed. And secondly how that material was handled at you know at the NFC. Moving it to a top secret server rather than going through normal channels. Well as you know the president aren't going to be exchanging Christmas cards but But having served in the Bush White House and then having been one of Obama's commanders all consistently as look. I didn't agree with every decision. The President Bush made nor President Obama made but I respected both of them greatly because they upheld the dignity of the office and somebody was asking the other day. We'll isn't dignity in the eye of the beholder and I said I don't think so. I think when we think of dignity the dignity of the office it is about doing things that are moral legal and ethical ethical. Follow the rules legal. Follow the law moral following what you know to be right and my concern with with. President trump is that I don't see him following any of those on a lot of his major decisions. Part of this comes back process and so in the Bush White House in the Obama White House. There is a very rigorous process as you know for getting a decision through the present even something as simple as I call to the president of Ukraine. That would have been vetted it kind of as we say that the Policy Coordination Committee level it would have gone to a DC. It would have gone to a PC. It would have gone to the NFC to some degree. Maybe or it would've flowed through a process and then somebody would have come to president trump and said Mr president. Here are you're talking. Ps and frankly The president of Ukraine would have had similar talking points that that probably would have been coordinated even before the call and so the pre it would not have gotten the president in this awkward position of Lemme ask for reciprocation for something on on Joe Biden. That wouldn't have happened if the process was in place to inform the president and no president is the smartest man or woman when it comes to the depth of some of these policies. That is why you need a process. And because President Trump seems to have foregone the process I think he finds himself in these difficult positions. He thinks his apparently was briefed by the way and told. Do not raise this as it right. But if you don't follow the advice of your your counselors what you're going to get yourself in trouble You think he is in trouble. I think he should be in trouble. I do think should be in trouble again. This is a violation of kind of the fundamentals of the office. Never use a foreign country to affect the political outcome of of our nation and you would have hoped through the process. Somebody would've told him time and time again Mr President. You can't do this. It is against ethics it is against the law and it is against our moral position to be able to ask a fellow president head of state to intervene on something that is clearly part of our American electoral process. So I think it is. It is completely wrong and you think the congress is doing the right thing by pursuing impeachment and I wanna see more of the facts come out but what I will tell. You is a absolutely you need to hold him account. You need to hold anybody accountable. That doesn't meet their responsibility that doing things that are moral legal and ethical if you failed to do that as a public.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"So good to see you going to. I have a very strong recollections of my conversations with President Obama about the service that you perform for the country when he was president and he was a few sive about that. So it's really great to sit with you and it's great to sit with you because this is a podcast. That really is about people's stories and your story is is you could not make it up. It is a remarkable And much of it took place right here in Texas where in Austin Texas Right now You you've written a book called the same stories My Life and special operations. That's really a a an autobiography. That's in epochs in in in in stories Tell me about where your story began about to make Ravens and and your dad and your mom and yeah well. I grew up a not too far from here down to San Antonio Texas now I was born. Pinehurst from my father was stationed there at Pope Airforce Base. But you know as you point out this is some people want to call this a memoir and I guess in some respects it. As a memoir I tell the stories of the bin Laden raid and the the rest of your Captain Phillips in the capture Saddam Hussein but really what I hope people take away from. The book is that it's really about the great soldiers. Sailors Airmen Marines and civilians that I worked with over those thirty seven years and really their impact on on world affairs and on the success of our our fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and just kind of seen through my eyes and they are separate eighteen separate stories. So you don't have to start at the beginning you. Can I think pop in anywhere so but the but what was really vivid was your portrait of of Your Dad. Who himself as you. Point out was Career military right so the book starts often in Nineteen Sixty My father was stationed in France at the time at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe shape and we lived in a town called fun and blow not too far from Paris and I tell the readers about kind of growing up listening to my father and his fighter spying on there right there in the officers the officers club on Friday night and again this this was the World War Two generation. So you think about kind of the greatest generation. These men and women grew up As children of World War One children of the Great Depression all the men went off and fought in world. War Two so. They had a lot of stories to tell and grown-ups a young boy. I would kinda so that their knee and listen to them. Talk about these stories and the stories were always I thought kind of inspiring they talked about heroism and bravery courage sacrifice. Sometimes a little unbelievable as stories tend to yet but I remember at one point in time later on in my life and my father said to me bill life is all how you remember it and so as I tell the reader this is kind of how I remember my life The eighteen stories in this book. You Dad was a great athlete was Used to raise he's raced not racehorses race against horses and obviously a big Personality and entered the military as many did It World War Two. He was playing professional football for the Cleveland. Rams back in went from nineteen thirty eight to about nineteen forty and I think they were getting paid one hundred twenty dollars a week and dad used to get an additional ten dollars for doing wheaties radio commercials. So he was making voice as good as yours. So I don't know about that. But it was good money at the time and but but kind of in the nineteen forties. I think they saw the storm clouds brewing and as dad tells me he and Forbes Buddies decided to leave Cleveland and headed to California where they signed up for the Army Air Corps and then dad went on fought throughout World War Two and time in Korea and then finally retired in nineteen sixty seven. We should not cheat his story though. I mean he he. He had some pretty close in Engagements in in World War Two. He he threw. He flew a British Spitfire planes. He was In North Africa and Sicily in Italy he was there for Normandy. What did he tell you about that? You know he As I think with a lot of that generation they really downplayed their efforts in the war. I think they understood that You know there was a tremendous amount of sacrifice that occurred from all the young troops. Were out there so rarely. Did he talk about his wartime events? As though they were something you know. Great to be lauded. He would talk about again. The other people that he served with So interestingly enough while I say he was a great storyteller there almost more about other people Remember one time though. We were in France that same time during nineteen sixty and there was a Frenchman from Paris. That DAD would Visit with occasionally and really the Freshman told me about dad getting shot down during the war and and later on when I kind of question daddy said yeah. I was a little too chicken to bail out of his spitfire so he landed. The Spitfire and France got picked up by the French Resistance of which this a Frenchman was kind of leading. The resistance spent a couple of days in France and they managed to dating back over to England again. Dad didn't a lot about that time but but you knew certainly didn't talk to me about it. I think amongst his buddies and then they talked about the war effort but in talking to me. It was really all about the other. People he served with you Would you you? Obviously you know as you said you start this a book by talking about being a young man kind of spying on the conversations And these stories that you mentioned that Sometimes embellished sometimes not Did you know from an early age that this was the this was the career that you were going to pursue? I don't know how early I determined that but what I enjoyed was I really enjoyed being around the folks in the Air Force in this case in the army and in San Antonio I like the Camaraderie that I saw amongst my father and my mother had had great friends military spouses. That were lifelong friends. And so the Camaraderie. The sense of you know is tried as it may sound the sense of duty. Honor and country They lived it they believed in it. They weren't and naive to the problems in America but they felt that America was worth fighting and dying for and so being raised in that environment. I thought I saw that is kind of a noble undertaking. So at the time I knew I wanted to go into the military and kind of continue on in that thing. And what did you did you? Parents encourage that th they. They didn't push me into it. I they let me make up my own mind now. Having said that when I was in high school and looking at the opportunity to go to college my father was at that time or a retired air force. Colonel I didn't make a whole lot of money so he became a labor negotiator. He became Labor negotiator city of San Antonio loved that job and spend time with what was called model cities and San Antonio. We're refurbishing the downtown but So they were looking at some sort of scholarship and my mother had hoped dad wanted me to your of the Air Force Academy. I was inclined towards the Navy because I had been scuba diving since I was about thirteen and wanted to spend time around the water so my mom tried to get me to go to the Naval Academy but candidly my grades. Were not good enough. My sat score was not good enough. But fortunately I was able to go to an ROTC scholarship to the University of Texas. At Austin and again I revert smooth transition. I love my time. You take did. Was there I is interesting. You had one reference to I and correct me if I'm getting these facts wrong but Your mom passed away. And you were being shipped out Right around that time and you wrote something that really touched me about your interaction with your dad as you left and you said that You Know He. He extended his hand and then he gave you a hug and that he that that was really unusual that generation that we're working they were not hugger at least the the military men were not hires and so after my mother passed away in San Antonio. My Dad didn't know but I was We were on a classified mission. I had actually had to come back from the classified mission. Do My mother's funeral and then head right back out and a preparing for the mission dad knew something was up but as we were kind of heading out standing there at the airport and San Antonio. My Dad went to give our usual manly handshake. And instead we hugged. And I said you know from then on. I decided I was going to be hug because That was an important moment in my life. Let me ask a presumptuous question that May slap over into Sake Obama But Your Dad was you know they're the way you write about him There was a sort of larger than life quality to his his achievements and to his heroism and a understated heroism. And so on How much how much did you feel? I know you were runner. As well. He was a runner he was he was a champion sprinter. You you ran distance How much was there a competition with that? How much did you feel you needed to live up to his Absolutely none at all. My Dad was incredibly humble in fact. I didn't know about a lot of his athletic achievements until I was in high school and I happened to stumble on an old scrapbook and my dad. Probably when I was in high school is in his late fifties or something and assumed he was an old man. I mean I was proud of his military service but I find the scrapbook and I opened up. And it goes all the way back to Portage Ville high where he was a star football every everything and and then he was a hall of Famer at Murray State and then went on to play in the National Football League. Bad Time I was stunned by this. Because Dad had never really talked about his athletic achievements. My Dad was always very understated. Always very humble a wonderful father and I think it never pressured me and NFL fact. I think he went out of his way. Not Depression me because I was not the athlete that he was. Although I was pretty good athlete he encouraged me to do what I wanted to do. And kind of follow my own dreams and it was a again and I will also offer my mother who was a got an east Texas a schoolteacher equally strong In the right sense she was very gracious and graceful southern lady although she made sure that I made my bed every morning and did the sort of things would you gave you the title of a very successful successful book. One of the stories in your book is about a coach who gave you encouragement but it was obviously it was. The story is more important than that. Because it was about how you broke a record for the mile. It and How you you had failed and you know could have been discouraged and This coach called you out of the Blue and tells you you can do this go after it and he pushed you and you and you did it and you and you and you were. You pushed your physics yourself to your physical limits To get this done and you know it seemed like a prelude to becoming a navy seal. Yeah the the reason I put that story on there and frankly of I'm often asked what's my favorite story in the book and I think people are surprised when I tell them that. That is my favorite story. And the reason it's my favorite story is because not everybody in the world's going to get a chance to to go on a raid to get bin Laden or a rescue Captain Phillips or get Saddam Hussein but the point of that story is that coach called me and again I have not had a close relationship with him for a couple of years. I didn't even know he knew who I was. And he calls me at home the night before my last race and again I was just stunned by this and he encourages me and and that inspiration carried me through the day on the race the next day and I broke the school record now. The fact of matter is nobody cared about that school record but me but it taught me that if I could break that school record then I could go onto a navy seal because I set that goal and I achieve that goal and I realized that I had the physical toughness because the coach had encouraged me to go out and run hard and that coach coach Jerry Turn Bio Who IS And I have a great relationship today. you know. This is the sort of thing that everybody can do. Everybody can encourage some young man or woman to go do something and that will fundamentally changed their life. As I've told coach turnball a couple of times that phone call. Put me on a path to be a navy seal and when you think about that path and over the course of my career the folks that I have hopefully positively influenced well. A lot of that is a result of that one phone call from coach Turbo. You know you talk about the seal training In Coronado and I knew something about this Mark Lippert. Who has a had various national security roles and the Obama administration trained with the seals. No mark well and He described some of it And I thought he was embellishing but apparently not but you read that and you think man if treated.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The gamingfixx1's Podcast
"Next meal or even just lasting for five more minutes focused on one thing you know and can accomplish tanner even five minutes rather than dwell on what you need to accomplish over the entire day and I've found that sometimes because like you get like a paralyzing situation you get really worried about it's like can I do it. It's like well I can I can. I can do five minutes of this and to be honest. That's how we do the show especially today I've been doing it piece by piece and Looking it up and you know trying to clean it up as best we can. And so. Sometimes you just have to do that. When you're when you're moving forward when you feel powerless take action powerlessness stems from lack of perceived control. The molecule dopamine famous for its role in sense of pleasure also enhances our energy levels and sense of possibility. Dopamine is released not just as a reward for a job well done but also by positive anticipation of rewards and completion of goals. When you freeze which is your default. When you feel loss of control. In a given moment and he's dopamine release which leads to an even greater sense of powerlessness. When you feel powerless you must. It's instead move forward by taking action. You train your brain to repeatedly release dopamine enhancing your energy levels creating an outsized effect on your thinking mood and ultimate sense of what you can control. When seals find themselves sensing a loss of control they default action directing their attention towards something within their reach. It can be something little such as triple checking equipment before jumping from an aircraft at night or Admiral William mcraven a former head of special operations command recently recommended. When you're stuck in the mud start singing reading. The headlines is reason enough to fill powerless. Let alone losing a job being confined to a small apartment having to work in. What may be an unsafe environment and the list right goes on and on? It's true it does feel very very You know sometimes freezing. But it's always good to just go about your day to keep doing what you have to do to keep.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The Takeout
"You have no idea who those hundred people are. One of those people could cure cancer. One of them could find sustainable energy. One of them could be the next president of Iraq and Change Iraq so my point to them was you don't know do your job do the best job you can and when it's time to move out we will move out so as I look at Iraq and Afghanistan I do question wasn't the right thing to go into Iraq. Afghanistan Afghanistan's seems a simpler answer but at the end of the day I think it'll be one hundred years before we know and we may never know. We may never know that whether or not we took Saddam Hussein down and Saddam was brutal to his people he was brutal to the Kurds he was you know he was about as evil person comes. What if he stayed in power how many more Kurds would have died? Would any of those Kurds have found the cured cancer have taken us to Mars have done the sort of things we don't know but I have hope I have hoped that we did the right thing and that the right thing in the long term will change the world for the better. Sometimes you have to just have hope picking up on your answer about Afghanistan seems like an easier decision to go in clearly it was there was a proximate cause legitimate recognized by the world etcetera hard to get out hard to get out and well and I'm not in favor of negotiations with Taliban because well I've said it before negotiating with Taliban is like negotiating with Isis and that may not be a perfect analogy but the fact of matter is if we strike a peace deal with the telephone and we bring American troops out my guess is within six months to a year the Taliban will have taken back over Afghanistan and the people that will suffer the most we'll be the women of Afghanistan and all of the blood blood and treasure that we put into Afghanistan. I think we'll be wasting so if we stay. Will we lose more young men. we probably will more young men women we will will it cost. US billions of dollars more it probably will but I think at this point in time we have an obligation both a moral obligation and strategic obligation to stay there in a certain number eight thousand ten thousand to maintain the Afghan army so that over time the central government will get stronger the Afghan army. We'll get stronger and maybe in ten years or twenty years or thirty years we will find that we have in Afghanistan that can stand on its own two feet. I mean do we need to think about and possibly as we think about talk about about this differently. We still have this describing the American public as a war ended as often appended a war that isn't ending right it doesn't feel as if for a war in as much as we're in a stasis or peacekeeping operation or maintenance of existing conditions and if we talked about it differently if we thought structurally about got it differently might we not then some in the national will to stay for example as we'd have done in South Korea. That is a maintenance of a situation. It's not an offensive or defensive. It's just maintaining. What is ought we not to be. I'm asking you you have to think about Afghanistan and more importantly talk about Afghanistan Ghanistan differently in terms of more or main maintenance of what what what what what what's been achieved yeah. I think we absolutely should and it would be very controversial controversial but when you think of what we're trying to do in Afghanistan now it is to contain the Taliban when you think about how we're dealing with terrorist organizations around the world whether it is in Yemen or or Somalia or Boko Rome in Africa. We are trying to contain them. Nobody likes the term containment because it has this sort of you know. Cold War approach to it how we contain the Soviet Union but at the end of the day we are trying to make sure that the terrorist organizations even though they have the intent do not have capability and do not have the reach so if your book Rome in Nigeria you may have the intent to do bad and ill will against the United States through our allies but do you have the Cape Billion. You have the reach. Do you have the ability to do that. Well how do we stop that we contain them by working with the Nigerian by working with our African counterparts and the same thing I think in Somalia Paalea with with Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq. We're now at this this point where it is about kind containing the threat and that's an evolution. Even you were asked to write the first counterterrorism strategy I was. It's not as much of an evolution as you. I will tell you when I I was the prime author on it. We had a lot of folks but we talked about containment at the time but politically it was just unsellable. You know it was well. We can't contain tariff. We're GonNa just wore them right. You're going to have to destroy them and defeat them and I think that is a laudable goal but I think what the public public needs to understand is. This is a generational fight in fact it may be a multi generational fight. I had some great advice from from a Harvard Harvard. PhD who was working at the White House at the time thirty two year old Harvard PhD and he comes to me as I'm writing this national strategy combating terrorism and he says you're thinking about this all wrong. I'm thinking twenty five years of military here trying to tell me I got this all wrong and he was right and and he said look he said I worked in New York and I worked with FEMA in New York. I think he was and he said we realized that in New York. We were always going to have fires liars. There are going to be fires. He says so when you think of terrorism you think of it like fires. So what do you have to do in fires well. You have to have smoke detectors detectors. You have to have something that you sniff out the fire. What's happening. You have to fire escapes. You have to have education about fire. You have to have a fire brigade but you're never going to eliminate fires so figure out how to train people to deal with fires to have the right for terrorism intelligence network out there that is the you know the smoke detectors sectors of the fire brigades the Counter Terrorism units the partnerships with our allies that are just like partnerships with cities so think of it like a fire and when you think of terrorism like a fire we're never going to be rid of terrorism because there are people out there who have ideologies that want to hurt America and the West and so we need to figure out how we are sensors as far forward as possible and how we react to that as quickly as possible. That's the voice of Admiral mcraven. That's why I love this. Show is going to have a conversation tation like that and have a whole different appraisal of what we thought about and talked about. We have segment four coming up. I Major Garrett Paramount Theater in Austin Texas. That's my live audience or the Texas Alexa back in just a second from CBS news this yes. It's the takeout with Major Garrett live audience. I want to hear from you. Folks Legendary Paramount Theater Downtown Austin Texas for the Texas Tribune Ideas Festival deeply indebted to Evans Smith for inviting our showdown here. We're so glad to be with you so glad to have this opportunity so glad for you to catch the vibe of of our show and have a lengthy conversation that I've been thoroughly enjoyed when a continue with retired Admiral William mcraven in yearbook see stories. You'd kind of structure it like a like an hour long television drama. You Save the grabber for the end. What's the grabber Osama bin Laden or at the end of the book. I don't WanNA dwell too much on that because it's a pretty thoroughly thoroughly well-known story but I want you to tell the audience here and in my audience what's the most important takeaway from the intelligence the execution the aftermath of that mission Russian. I think the most important takeaway you know when when you look back at it yeah the courage of the special operations guys both the the army aviators and the seals it went in your it's easy to kind of look back on it now and say well everybody got back safely and and nobody was harmed but of course we didn't know that going in and there was always concerned earned the entire complex was rigged with demolition the bin. Laden would be sleeping in a suicide vest and all these guys you know had extensive combat experience but that was a a real concern valid concern concern and so you know I I would offer you. You take that away along with the fact that this I think we'll go down as one of the great operations intelligence operations in CIS history but I give you two more takeaways. I was a decision by the president of the United States President Obama to go get bin Laden. I I think was one of the more courageous decisions and modern political history recognizing recognizing that we did not know it was bin Lodden so there was always this debate and I was in about six or seven meetings with the president as we went from January through April and there was always this debate every time time we'd have a meeting well. They'd turn is bin. Laden well Mister. We think it's bin Laden but you know we're just not sure and this went all the way till my last Dan. I remember the day before the the week before my last meeting the president had asked the director of the National Counterterrorism Center might lighter so I want you to kind of review. CI's intelligence kind of red team at and then and then come back and let me know so we're at the last meeting lasts me now is at the turn the Mike Liden and he says well. You've done the review. What do you think I think a little bit of a pause and see Mites a little uncomfortable because he's got directly. CIA Leon Panetta's in there and Michael Morales in there. It's almost president we've we've reviewed the intelligence when we think bin. Laden is anywhere between sixty percent and forty percent and when you said forty percent I'm thinking well this missions over. I mean who in the world is going to authorize some guys to fly one hundred and sixty two miles from Afghanistan you know through the mountains of Pakistan to a built up urban area in Pakistan that was the compound was a couple of miles from there west point a couple of miles from a major infantry battalion about a mile from a a major police station and by the way they have nuclear weapons and we didn't know it was bin. Laden so I leave and I had to Afghanistan. I told the President Walser if if you make the decision I'll I'll be will be ready to go if not we still got bad guys in Afghanistan. I'll get back to work well. I got a call Friday night by from Leon Panetta and he says the president's made the decision to go. I'm thinking wow I mean that is an incredibly courageous decision and I tell folks irrespective of what side of of the aisle you're on my experiences the junior guy in those meetings the three star Admiral the.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"Your host David Axelrod had admiral mcraven is a legend in military lore and in the annals of in recent American history a swashbuckling navy seal for thirty seven years he led the US Special Operations Command and in that role directed such sensitive missions as the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the one that saved Captain Phillips from Somali Pirates he chronicled article his extraordinary life and career in a book called cease stories my life in special operations that came out this year he also made news by taking on President and trump over the president's assault on the intelligence community and he had plenty to say when we sat down last week in Austin Texas to talk about both both his life and the state of our country Admiral mcraven. It's so good to see you going to I have a very strong recollections of my conversations with President Obama about the service that you perform room for the country when he was president and he he was a few sieve about that so it's really great to sit with you and it's great to sit with you because this is the podcast that really is about people's stories and your story is is you could not make it it is so remarkable and much of it took place right here in Texas. We're in Austin Texas right now You you've written a book called. The cease stories my life and special special operations. That's really a a an autobiography. That's in epochs in in in in in stories. tell me about where your your story began about to make. Ravens in in your dad and your mom and I grew up not far from here down to San Antonio Texas assists now I was born Pinehurst from my father was stationed there at Pope Air Force Base but you know as you point out this is some people wanna call this a memoir and I guess in some respects affects it as a memoir. I tell the stories of the bin Laden raid and the rest of your Captain Phillips in the capture Saddam Hussein but really what I hope people take away from the book is that it's really about the great soldiers sailors airmen Marines and civilians that I worked with over those thirty seven years and their impact on on world affairs on the success us of our of our fight Iraq and Afghanistan and just kind of seen through my eyes and they are separate eighteen separate stories so you don't have to start at the beginning you can I think popping anywhere so yeah but the but what was really vivid was your portrait of of Your Your Dad who himself as you point out was career military right so the book starts often in nineteen sixty. My father was stationed in France transit time at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe shape and we lived in a town called fat and blow not too far from Paris and I tell the readers about kind of growing join up listening to my father and his fighter spying on there right there in the officers the officers club on a Friday Friday night and again this this was the World War Two generation so you think about the greatest generation these men and women grew up as children of World War One and children the Great Depression all the men went off and fought more war too so they had a lot of stories to tell and grown-ups a young boy kind of sit there and listen to them talk about these stories stories and the stories were always you know I thought kind of inspiring. They talked about heroism and bravery courage and sacrifice. Sometimes it's a little unbelievable stories tend to get but I remember one point in time later on in my life and my father said to me bill life is all how you remember it and so as I tell the reader this is kind of how I remember my life. the eighteen stories in this book you. Dad was was a great athlete was used to race hor he's race not racehorses race against horses and obviously a big personality and entered the military as many did. IT World War Two he was playing professional football all for the Cleveland Rams back in from nineteen thirty eight to nineteen forty and they were getting paid one hundred and twenty dollars a week and dad used to get an additional ten dollars for doing wheaties radio commercials so he was making his voice as good as yours so I don't know about that but it was it was good money at the time and but but kind of in the nineteen forties I think they saw the storm Clouds Brewing and dad tells me he and Forbes Buddies decided to leave Cleveland and head to California were they signed up for the Army Air Corps and then dad went on fought throughout World War Two and the time and Korea and then finally retired in nineteen sixty seven we you should not cheat his story though I mean he he he had some pretty close in engagements in World War. Two he threw he flew a British Spitfire planes he was in North Africa and Sicily in Italy. He was there for Normandy. What did he tell you about that. As I think with a lot of that generation they really downplayed their efforts in the war. I think they understood that you you know there was a tremendous amount of sacrifice that occurred from all the young troops were out there so rarely did he talk about his wartime events. As though they were something great to be lauded he would talk about again the other people that he served with so interestingly enough while I say he was a great storyteller. They're almost more about other people. I remember one time though we were in France's nine hundred sixty and there was a Frenchman from Paris us that dad would visit with occasionally and really the Frenchman told me about Dad getting shot down during the war and and later on when I kind of question Daddy said Yeah. I want to check in to bail out of his spitfire so he landed the Spitfire in France got picked up by the French Resistance of which this Frenchman was kind of leading the resistance. It's been on a couple of days in France and I managed to get him back over to England again. Dad didn't talk a lot about that time but but you knew certainly didn't talk to me about it. I I think amongst his buddies and they talked about the war effort but in talking to me it was really all about the other people he served with you would you you obviously we you know as you said you start this book by talking about being a young man kind of spying on the conversations and these stories that you mentioned that sometimes embellished sometimes not Did you know from an early age that this was the this was the career that you were going to pursue. I don't know how early I are determined that but what I enjoyed was I really enjoyed being around the folks in the Air Force in this case in the army and in San Antonio. I like the Camaraderie that I saw amongst my father and my mother had had great friends sends a military spouses that were were lifelong friends and so the camaraderie the sense of tried as it may sound the sense of duty honor and country they lived it they believed in it. They weren't a naive to the problems in America but they felt America was worth fighting and dying for and so being raised in that environment. I thought I saw that as kind of a noble undertaking so when the time came I knew I wanted to go into the military and kind of continue on in that that thing and what did you did. Your parents encourage that your they they didn't push me into it. I they let me make up my own mind now having said that when I was in high school and looking at the opportunity to go to college again my father was at that time or a retired air force colonel they didn't make a whole lot of money so so he became a labor negotiator he became labor negotiator and city of San Antonio love that job and spent time with what was called the model cities and San Antonio refurbishing the downtown but so they were looking at some sort of scholarship and my mother had hoped and my dad wanted me to your the Air Force Academy. I was inclined towards the Navy because I had been scuba diving since I was about thirteen and wanted to spend time around the water so my mom tried to get me to to go to the Naval Academy but Kelly my grades were not good enough. My sat score was not good enough but fortunately I was able to ROTC scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin and again very smooth transition. I love my time here. UK It was there is interesting. You had one reference to I am. I correct me if I'm getting these facts wrong but your mom passed away and you were being shipped out right around that time and you wrote something that really touched me about your interaction with your dad as you left and you said that you know he he extended his hand and then he gave you a hug and that he that that was really unusual. Well you know that generation generation that World War Two they were not huggers at least the the military men were not huggers and so after my mother passed away in San Antonio. My Dad didn't know we were on a classified mission. I had actually had to come back from the classified mission through my mother's funeral head right back out and apparent for the mission dad knew something was up but as we were kind of heading out standing there at the airport in San Antonio my dad went to give you know our usual manly handshake unshaken and instead we hugged and I said you know from that on. I decided I was going to be a hugger because that was an important moment in my life. Let's presumptuous question that May slap over into Psych Obama but your dad. was you know they're the way you write about him. there was a sort of larger than life quality to his his achievements and to his heroism and understated heroism awesome and so on how much how much did you feel. I know you are a runner as well. He was a runner he was. He was a champion sprinter are you you ran distance How much was there a competition with that. How much did you feel you needed to live up to his absolutely none at all. My Dad was incredibly humble and in fact I didn't know about a lot of his athletic achievements until I was in high school and I happened to stumble on an old scrapbook and you know I mean my dad probably when I was in high school was in his late fifties or something and I just assumed he was an old man I was proud of his military service but I find the scrapbook and I opened up and it goes all the way back to Portage Ville high where he was a star football basking bridge everything and and then he was a hall of Famer at Murray State and then went on to play in the in the National Football League time. I was stunned by this because goes dad never really talked about his athletic achievements..
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on Kickass News
"So that was kind of the fundamental is that I used when building the plan for the bin Laden raid was we want to keep it simple. So I looked at a number of other options that I kind of immediately discounted, because it made us too vulnerable. I thought for too long. So my plan was simple. We were just gonna fly from point A, and Afghantistan to point B and about abide. Do the mission. And fly back I didn't wanna make it anymore complicated than that. Because as you begin to make missions more complicated than, you know, more factors come into your success or your failure. So that was that was the crux of, of how we plan the bin Laden raid and I don't know if you've ever counted. But do you have any idea? How many of these types of missions, you've commanded over your thirty seven year career? Well, so after nine eleven I think, at one point in time, I, I figured out that I had either commanded bent on or or reviewed. So as a as a flag officer Admiral every night, all of the missions are mostly important missions would come to me. I would have to review the concept of operations as, as we say. So, at the end of the day by the time twenty eleven comes along, I've done thousands of missions, you know, maybe ten thousand missions where I have either again, commanded them bent on them or, or taking a look at the concept of operations before they went out the door. And that's a lot of missions, and, and so it puts you in a position to know what's going to work, and what isn't gonna work and so back to why we made this mission. Pretty simple, why we kind of handpicked the troops to do. It was because I seen this a bunch of times before. Now this mission was longer. It was. One hundred sixty nine miles, I think from Afghanistan through about Abbad it was, obviously politically complex and, and the men that went on this mission, incredibly courageous because, you know, just getting on the helicopter and travelling into Pakistani airspace. Pakistanis would have shot us down in a heartbeat. You know, you were going into a situation where we didn't know whether or not the compound, where bin Laden lived was booby-trapped. And that was the biggest unknown. What if the guy's landed on the target and you know there were pressure plate minds in the courtyard. The doors were rigged, with explosives bin Laden, had a an, an explosive suicide vest on these were all the, the unknown. So, you know when you look back at it, it's easy to look back now and say, well, none of that happened. True. But the guy's going into it didn't know that. And so you think about the courage, it takes to get on that helicopter and the great helicopter pilots and aircrew that we're supporting it pretty damn remarkable. Yeah. Well. Have to ask you about one navy seal, who has been in the news and Nana good way recently, that's Edward Gallagher. He's the seal who is being tried for war crimes, including the murder of an injured combatant and attempting to kill innocent civilians, supposedly, first of all, I did you know him during your time as head of special operations? Yeah, I don't recall Eddie Gallagher, our, our paths may have crossed again, I had a lot of guys working for me. But if, if our paths crossed it was only tangible, so I don't know Gallagher. And I don't know other than what I read in the paper. So I I'm always a little reluctant to talk about the Gallagher case what I do know is that the navy will, you know, review all of the allegations, and, and it will go to trial, it is, I think, you know, it has already gone to an initial trial, and then was thrown out, and it will be retried as I understand it. And so I'm always reluctant to comment on it until you have a chance to see all the evidence and I have not seen all the. On on Gallagher. Yeah. And I don't know if the president has seen all the evidence yet, but he says, he's considering a pardon do you think that's appropriate at this point? Yeah. So I have concerns about this one, you know, in the military, we have what we refer to as undue influence..
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on Kickass News
"So I was going from Baghdad getting on a C one thirty aircraft and heading down to cut her the night before I'd had a chance to talk to one of the army intelligence analysts from our great army special operations unit that, that was really doing doing the hunting, and he had said something to me. And again as I tell you, I think, intuition has a lot to. Do with experience. You know, when when does your mind begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together, well, I hadn't put the pieces to the puzzle together, I got on the thirty and I was heading from Baghdad and we'd gotten airborne. We're heading across. And then all the sudden I just had a little bit of an opinion. I said the night tonight, so I grabbed my aid, and I said, Hank, we're going to turn this plane around. We're going to get Saddam tonight. And he, he said that somebody call you, did you get some intelligence. What's going on? I said, we just need to turn around while we couldn't turn around, because we were in Iraqi airspace. We actually had to fly to cut cutter. I got another C one thirty and immediately came right back. And sure enough, as a as I got back on the ground, and Baghdad got into my command center, the army, special operations unit under Lieutenant Colonel Bill cultural was was moving to their, their first objective, and then began to move to the second objective, and, and sure enough. The and I think you've probably seen the photo of the. The iconic spider hole. They found Saddam pulled the pulled the lid to the spider hole out, and there was Saddam. And he said, you know, I'm Saddam Hussein the president of Iraq, and I'm here to negotiate as talk about negotiating from a position of strength. As legend has it, and I'm told it's through one of the one of the great army operators said, well, sir. President Bush sends his regards and they pulled Saddam out and then brought him back to Baghdad where I held onto him for about thirty days. Yes, Dom was what I might euphemistically, call your guest at camp Nava for a month or so during that time you say that you avoided direct contact with him. But when he was supposed to be transferred out of there, you finally decided to meet him. What was that like meeting him? Well, so I actually saw him every day. So I went in to his recapped him in a in a room where I had a medic or Cormon and a guard in the room twenty four hours a day, and I had given them specific instructions not to talk to Saddam. I didn't want him to engage in conversation, but I went in every day to check on to make sure again, he was doing okay because we had a responsibility. He was now essentially a POW for us, and we treated him very well. Well, but I would go in, and he would always try to engage me in conversation. And I would motion them to sit down because I didn't want to get into a conversation with him. I wanted him to understand that his days are being the president of Iraq where over. And, you know, he didn't he didn't really deserve to have a conversation with anybody. But unbeknownst to him, of course, I was getting ready to transfer him on about day thirty. I think it was actually New Year's day New Year's Eve. And now must must've been later in that because we think we captured on the thirteenth, and so it was probably mid mid mid January, but we're getting ready to transfer him in a and I decided, you know, we've been having a lot of engagement, the Iraqi insurgency was beginning against Saddam. Didn't know this because we, we had him in a jail cell, but I went in and finally sat down and told him I said,.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"Former commander u s special operations force, Admiral William mcraven. Let me ask you this. I was kinda surprised by this number, you guys got two thousand high value targets were doing ten raids night, thousands, by the time you were done. That's incredibly impressive. But we lost three hundred special ops. How do you how does that hit you? That was the toughest thing about anytime. I think going into combat is the, the sacrifices of the men and women that you serve with. And, and I actually I think I got the figure the other day from nine eleven. Until now we lost four hundred sixty operators while of course, you know, that when you look at that we also lost thousands of great soldiers, sailors, airmen marines and civilians, that supported the war effort. But, you know, if the end of the day, the men and women, you know, these, these great men and women raise their hand. They volunteer to go into this fight. Unfortunately, sometimes the, the sacrifices the ultimate sacrifice now, the four hundred sixty operators were across all special operations, which is certainly not just the ones I had. But, you know you never forget those those times when you're having to stand in front of the family and, and pay your respects for their sacrifice their their fallen loved ones. It's a very so brain. And it does make you think about the consequences of war organizationally. I think this was the first time that there'd been command over. All the special ops forces, and so, well, integrated into the military was that a big challenge in, there's rivalries, of course, between the services and the CIA etcetera. Well, for the when I was the US special operations commander, we had great relationships with the CIA NSA now again, there were always some individuals that the get along at the. You know, at some of the operational levels, but in general. The special operations and all the interagency have always had a great relationship. And, and the thing I liked about special operations. We are joined so when you think about a service, you go back to nineteen eighty seven the Goldwater Nichols act. Nineteen eighty seven also created the US special operations command oversee all special operations army navy air force, and the Marine Corps, which was late in. I mean, the special operations and now we have some great marine raiders. But all of these services really are what make special operations special couple years ago, somebody talked to me about, well, when I was so complimentary talking about making special operations a single service army, navy air force, Marine Corps special operations, and I said, not on your life. I said, I love the service cultures soldier brings a different cultures and a sailor those then a marine does an airman does. And those are important cultures to bring into the mix of being a special operations force. So I love the joining us of it. I love the interagency aspect of it. I wouldn't change a what? What was it like to retire finally? And the biggest takeaway from your career in the navy. Yes. So I was the frog referred to remember. We are have been. So when you are the longest serving seal on active duty. So I in the history of the seals, I'm not the longest serving guy in the history of the seals. But at the time I was the longest serving seal on active duty thirty seven years. And, and they give you this data with it's got some on the top of it, and it's pretty funny. Fact, I'm looking at it as we speak, and it is the bull trophy. But I would say my takeaway after thirty seven years and having traveled to about ninety different countries. I felt like I have seen the worst of humanity I've seen with the Iraqis do in their torture houses. I have seen you know what the Taliban do to village elders. Women and children. I mean I seen the worst of humanity and yet I will tell you, they're good in this world, far outweighs evil. I mean, I have seen, you know, husbands fathers mothers wives, taking care of their kids raising their kids teaching them to do the right thing. I have seen men in situations. Men and women situations that are where they are incredibly for roic taking care of other people. So you know what I hope people take away from the book is that in spite of, you know, all the chaos today in Washington DC. All that's going on in the world. I have commend us hope. For the future of this country and for the future of the world, because I've been out there, I've seen the bad stuff and the good stuff, far outweighs the bad. I like that. Humility to use the old there was always someone better than you. Did you your man of action and daring adventure? What, what, what do you do to keep that going when you get out of this? Well, fortunately, I went onto the chancellor of the university of Texas system. And, and really, it's not so much about the action as it is about having the opportunity to lead and manage inspire young men. And that's what I loved about being in the military spending time with the troops, when I became the chancellor while I, I kind of hesitated using the word sometime. The fact the matter is there were two hundred and thirty thousand students across the university of Texas system while I viewed them as my troops. My responsibility was to take care of them ensure they have the right resources to get through their classes to help the presidents of the institutions do right by help the faculty and so that same sense of, of service applied in my time, Tampa. Now that I step down from the chancellor last year after three and a half years. I love my time as a chance for the university of Texas system. And now you know, I'm I'm trying to find other ways to bide my time. But it is challenging I'll be honest with you. You know, you miss being in the military, you've missed being around the, the great soldiers. I miss being around the university system in the great students. But I'm sure there's something out there that will that will suit me when times right? I grew up kind of in the Vietnam era. So it's, it's just really satisfied to see. However, to the military is an end how standing the people are there. You know how successful emissions are executed. Even if you know, even if they're, they're really, really tough to win in the end, we seem to do the best possible job, and you guys at the top were where, you know, again, people say the Bill, Troy guys are inflexible, whatever I find very creative, and brilliant. And we would have been inspected it might achieve in the corporate world or the academic or whatever. He's those skills look transferable to me. They absolutely are. And I tell folks going into the military, I said, you know, the military teach a lot of it's gonna teach technical skill it's gonna teach managerial skills, but the most important things from the time, you are a, you know, a private or a seaman recruit. They're gonna start leadership and those leadership skills will help you wherever you go in life, and he appoint about flexibility. I mean, you know, there's always these kind of movie characterizations of senior officers that, that, you know, they never listened to the troops and that they are Machiavellian in their coach or they're, they're, they're not flexible. I found it entirely different one. Every senior officer knows you have to listen to the noncommissioned officers. You have to understand what the troops concerns are because at the end of the day, you'll responsibility as an officer is to take care of the truth is to get the mission done and to take care of the troops. That means you set a standard that you give them the resources and hold them accountable when they don't achieve those standards. But at the end of the day, your job is an. Zor is to take care of the troops, so that they can do the mission. They're the ones that, that deserve the credit while thanks to Bill mcraven that book again. A see stories my life in special operations. Great stories humble, as well.
Batch Tasks Instead of Multitasking, Mark Twains Procrastination Cure
"Today. You learn why classic diners are shaped like train cars. Why multitasking is impossible and what you should do to be productive. Instead and how you can use a simple tip for Mark Twain, stop procrastinating, unimportant tasks, let's stop putting it off. Instead of spy some curiosity on the award winning curiosity daily. Have you ever wondered why a lot of classic diners? Look like train cars diners are the best. They are do you. Always order breakfast. No matter. What time it is? I do. Yes. That's the right way to do it. We can go to diner together. Love it. The word diner covers a pretty broad spectrum of dining establishments. These days from your mom and pop joint around the corner to national chains like Denny's but diners have much more humble origins before diners were buildings. They were portable and before they were shaped like train cars they were shaped like horse carts in eighteen seventy two. An entrepreneur named Walter Scott from Providence Rhode Island got an idea he fitted a spare horse cart with the bare essentials. He needed to make food and he rolled it out at dusk. As a night lunch wagon for nightshift workers and theatergoers and anybody else out late at night. He served coffee, pies eggs and sandwiches. And he was so successful that he was able to quit his printing business, of course, other mobile lunch carts started to copy the idea and by the early twentieth century, the market was pretty much ruled by three manufacturers were Chester lunch. Car company tyranny and O'Mahony they kept growing and over time. The new dining cars weren't pulled by horses. They were hooked on the cargo trains when those dining cars arrived at their destination. They would lose their wheels. But keep the late night hours by the nineteen twenties dining car was shortened to diner. And by the thirties, the art deco style popular in train cars started to creep in diners to best when the diner really took off and became a piece of American identity. And here's a fun. Fact, do you know what? Diner capital of the world is New Jersey with more than six hundred diners, although my favorite diner is the double our diner from twin peaks, which by the way, it's called tweeds cafe in north bend Washington. And yes, I've been there. This must be where pies go when they die research says your brain is not wired for multitasking, but we all love saving time. So today, we'll tell you what to do instead of multitasking to spend your time more efficiently. I think I had multitasker as a bullet point on my resume for like ten years. Really? Yeah. Did you remove it after you got the job here? Believe it or not. I haven't updated my resume lately. But next time, I do I may remove it for this reason. Yeah. The thing about multitasking is that you're never actually doing tasks at the same time. You're just switching from one to the other and back again that's switching eats up more time than you probably realize in a two thousand seven study people who are interrupted by an Email or an instant message during a computer task were twenty to twenty five minutes behind by the time they resumed the first task even though the interruption only took ten minutes a third of those people took more than two hours to get back on task. So do the opposite of multitasking. And instead batch your tasks the idea is that you split up your tasks by category things like e mails writing and idea generation, then do all of each type in one chunk of time that chunk can be one four hour session on Mondays or a thirty minute session every morning and evening, whatever the tests calls for market in your calendar, and treat it like an. Appointment now, this works great for things like responding to emails or scheduling tweets, but it doesn't always work with creative tasks like writing and designing a twenty seventeen study out of Columbia business school found that when people regularly switched between tasks they performed better on a test of creative thinking than people who worked on one task the whole time. And even those who switched when they felt like it. So at the end of the day a little bit of both might be best batch those pesky tasks that eat up your time and save you're switching around for the creative stuff like how his reading emails the whole time. You read that I loved that. Very good, Cody. I was listening. I promise on topic. Today's episode is sponsored by purple metrics better sleep better. You remember multitasking is impossible. But try getting anything done when you haven't gotten a good night's sleep. That's really impossible. Yeah. Here curiosity. We are definitely no stranger so the benefits of sleep. And that's why you need to try purple mattress. The purple metrics will probably feel different than anything you've ever experienced because it uses this brand new material that was developed by an actual rocket scientist. It's not like the memory foam. You're probably used to the purple material feels unique because it's both firm and soft at the same time. So it keeps everything supported, but it still feels really comfortable. It's also breathable. So it sleeps cool. It ends up giving you this zero gravity like feel. So it works for any sleeping position with purple mattress. You can get one hundred night risk free trial. And if you're not fully satisfied, you can return your mattress for a full refund. You'll also get free shipping and returns free in-home setup. And. Mattress removal, and it's backed by a ten year warranty. You are gonna love purple and right now curiosity daily listeners will get a free purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. That's an addition to the great free gifts. They're offering site-wide just text curious to forty seven forty seven forty seven. The only way to get this free pillow is to text curious to forty seven forty seven forty-seven that's C U R S two four seven four seven four seven. Message and data rates may apply. Ready to become more productive. We've got a tip today. The comes from Mark Twain, supposedly we made a video about this on Facebook earlier this year, but it's worth repeating on our podcast, and it's called the frog rule. Do you ever use this? Ashley, I always use this. Actually, I try to always use this when I fail it's obvious and succeed it's like the best day ever. If you don't know what this rule is. Supposedly, Mark Twain once said something along the lines of eat ally. Frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of. Of the day. There's actually no definitive evidence. That Mark Twain spoke or wrote the phrase, there's even an alternate version that goes a little like this and this might help make this tip. Make more sense, quote, if it's your job to eat, a frog it's best to do it. First thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two, frogs, it's best to eat. The biggest one I on, quote and more practical terms, the frog is your worst least enjoyable task of the day that thing you're dreading. But a lot of the time. It's also the most important thing for you to do that day. At least a couple authors have written about the benefits of doing this self-development, author and public speaker, Brian Tracy wrote that quote successful effective people are those who launched a wreck into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete unquote and retired US navy Admiral William mcraven says that he makes his bed every morning. So that he has a sense of accomplishment, the sort of his day not to mention some pride in sticking to a good habit of self-discipline tried at work this week and see how it affects. The rest of your work day that is where I find it is really really helpful definitely sending those dreaded emails making that phone call. You just don't want to deal with get out of the way before noon and the rest of your day will just go so smoothly. Totally
Batch Tasks Instead of Multitasking, Mark Twains Procrastination Cure
"Today. You learn why classic diners are shaped like train cars. Why multitasking is impossible and what you should do to be productive. Instead and how you can use a simple tip for Mark Twain, stop procrastinating, unimportant tasks, let's stop putting it off. Instead of spy some curiosity on the award winning curiosity daily. Have you ever wondered why a lot of classic diners? Look like train cars diners are the best. They are do you. Always order breakfast. No matter. What time it is? I do. Yes. That's the right way to do it. We can go to diner together. Love it. The word diner covers a pretty broad spectrum of dining establishments. These days from your mom and pop joint around the corner to national chains like Denny's but diners have much more humble origins before diners were buildings. They were portable and before they were shaped like train cars they were shaped like horse carts in eighteen seventy two. An entrepreneur named Walter Scott from Providence Rhode Island got an idea he fitted a spare horse cart with the bare essentials. He needed to make food and he rolled it out at dusk. As a night lunch wagon for nightshift workers and theatergoers and anybody else out late at night. He served coffee, pies eggs and sandwiches. And he was so successful that he was able to quit his printing business, of course, other mobile lunch carts started to copy the idea and by the early twentieth century, the market was pretty much ruled by three manufacturers were Chester lunch. Car company tyranny and O'Mahony they kept growing and over time. The new dining cars weren't pulled by horses. They were hooked on the cargo trains when those dining cars arrived at their destination. They would lose their wheels. But keep the late night hours by the nineteen twenties dining car was shortened to diner. And by the thirties, the art deco style popular in train cars started to creep in diners to best when the diner really took off and became a piece of American identity. And here's a fun. Fact, do you know what? Diner capital of the world is New Jersey with more than six hundred diners, although my favorite diner is the double our diner from twin peaks, which by the way, it's called tweeds cafe in north bend Washington. And yes, I've been there. This must be where pies go when they die research says your brain is not wired for multitasking, but we all love saving time. So today, we'll tell you what to do instead of multitasking to spend your time more efficiently. I think I had multitasker as a bullet point on my resume for like ten years. Really? Yeah. Did you remove it after you got the job here? Believe it or not. I haven't updated my resume lately. But next time, I do I may remove it for this reason. Yeah. The thing about multitasking is that you're never actually doing tasks at the same time. You're just switching from one to the other and back again that's switching eats up more time than you probably realize in a two thousand seven study people who are interrupted by an Email or an instant message during a computer task were twenty to twenty five minutes behind by the time they resumed the first task even though the interruption only took ten minutes a third of those people took more than two hours to get back on task. So do the opposite of multitasking. And instead batch your tasks the idea is that you split up your tasks by category things like e mails writing and idea generation, then do all of each type in one chunk of time that chunk can be one four hour session on Mondays or a thirty minute session every morning and evening, whatever the tests calls for market in your calendar, and treat it like an. Appointment now, this works great for things like responding to emails or scheduling tweets, but it doesn't always work with creative tasks like writing and designing a twenty seventeen study out of Columbia business school found that when people regularly switched between tasks they performed better on a test of creative thinking than people who worked on one task the whole time. And even those who switched when they felt like it. So at the end of the day a little bit of both might be best batch those pesky tasks that eat up your time and save you're switching around for the creative stuff like how his reading emails the whole time. You read that I loved that. Very good, Cody. I was listening. I promise on topic. Today's episode is sponsored by purple metrics better sleep better. You remember multitasking is impossible. But try getting anything done when you haven't gotten a good night's sleep. That's really impossible. Yeah. Here curiosity. We are definitely no stranger so the benefits of sleep. And that's why you need to try purple mattress. The purple metrics will probably feel different than anything you've ever experienced because it uses this brand new material that was developed by an actual rocket scientist. It's not like the memory foam. You're probably used to the purple material feels unique because it's both firm and soft at the same time. So it keeps everything supported, but it still feels really comfortable. It's also breathable. So it sleeps cool. It ends up giving you this zero gravity like feel. So it works for any sleeping position with purple mattress. You can get one hundred night risk free trial. And if you're not fully satisfied, you can return your mattress for a full refund. You'll also get free shipping and returns free in-home setup. And. Mattress removal, and it's backed by a ten year warranty. You are gonna love purple and right now curiosity daily listeners will get a free purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. That's an addition to the great free gifts. They're offering site-wide just text curious to forty seven forty seven forty seven. The only way to get this free pillow is to text curious to forty seven forty seven forty-seven that's C U R S two four seven four seven four seven. Message and data rates may apply. Ready to become more productive. We've got a tip today. The comes from Mark Twain, supposedly we made a video about this on Facebook earlier this year, but it's worth repeating on our podcast, and it's called the frog rule. Do you ever use this? Ashley, I always use this. Actually, I try to always use this when I fail it's obvious and succeed it's like the best day ever. If you don't know what this rule is. Supposedly, Mark Twain once said something along the lines of eat ally. Frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of. Of the day. There's actually no definitive evidence. That Mark Twain spoke or wrote the phrase, there's even an alternate version that goes a little like this and this might help make this tip. Make more sense, quote, if it's your job to eat, a frog it's best to do it. First thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two, frogs, it's best to eat. The biggest one I on, quote and more practical terms, the frog is your worst least enjoyable task of the day that thing you're dreading. But a lot of the time. It's also the most important thing for you to do that day. At least a couple authors have written about the benefits of doing this self-development, author and public speaker, Brian Tracy wrote that quote successful effective people are those who launched a wreck into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete unquote and retired US navy Admiral William mcraven says that he makes his bed every morning. So that he has a sense of accomplishment, the sort of his day not to mention some pride in sticking to a good habit of self-discipline tried at work this week and see how it affects. The rest of your work day that is where I find it is really really helpful definitely sending those dreaded emails making that phone call. You just don't want to deal with get out of the way before noon and the rest of your day will just go so smoothly.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on SuperTalk WTN 99.7
"We got a snow full. Full. We got Paul rhino citing whether the Admiral over the president, that's Admiral mcraven, and here's repel. Rhino said. Defending retired navy Admiral William mcraven amid criticism. He's received from President Trump. Now who criticized who I? I mean, this Admiral mcraven has been criticizing Trump for two years. I mean going off on me teach you some class somewhere. He's going off one with his students and everything. Ryan spokesman Ashley strong said. In a statement, Admiral mcraven and all the members of our military who served in harm's way have put country before self and we are grateful for their service. Well, nobody's the Trump is certainly not sitting in different from what folks what is what did Trump say? That was so bad about Admiral Admiral mcraven, he said he was a Hillary backer. What is is that like the N word now? You Hillary backer? How dare you call me that what did you vote for Hillary? Well. Now, I'm not gonna say, but you know, and you're Obama backer. Yeah. Yeah. Sported obama. Well, then what is the problem? He's saying what you are. He's defining. You you came in and attacked him. You've attacked and repeatedly and he just fired back one shot. And now the everybody goes nuts over it. Speaker Ryan has traveled to Afghanistan multiple times, they said in the statement most recently in October and is seen our military service and dedication firsthand. As the holiday is approach. We are especially grateful for our troops sacrifice. Like Trump isn't. Here's the other thing. Trump didn't go to Arlington. Trump didn't go to Arlington the guy just got back from commemorating the the end of World War One with all sorts of ceremonies honoring our troops all in France for crying out loud. So it gets back. He's got jet lag. He's got all sorts of things going on. But he didn't go out to he didn't go to Arlington on Monday. Come on, folks. So we nit picking here. I love this. I've forgotten about this image to somebody was talking about. He wouldn't go to that ceremony. Because of the rain he wouldn't go to the ceremony because the secret service said the weather was so bad. It wasn't safe to fly machine want Marine One to the ceremony, and they they said, we're not we shouldn't do this. And he says I'm going to defer to the secret service. I mean, I'm just not only my life is everybody else life on the on Marine One. It's not just me flying over the years. The pilots is all the support staff is the secret service everybody why should I put their life in danger? If they're saying that this is too much of a risk like he hasn't done anything patriotic the entire time. He's been president for crying out loud. And so the people on the left are going Trump dis the military by not going to this service in the rain. And then somebody said really, and they showed the photograph of Obama standing at the podium with the marine standing there holding the umbrella over his head you remember that. I think I guess is a marine he's in the, you know, the formal dress. And he's standing there holding the thing over his over Obama's head. Now. The course the the serviceman is getting wet drenched. And Obama, of course, he king can't hold his own umbrella for.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on Newsradio 830 WCCO
"What do you think of this? Does the president risk alienating some percentage of vet some percentage of existing military by going after this thirty seven year old military veteran retired Admiral William mcraven, or is this just a personal spat is this just the president punching back which he has want to do. That's sort of my take on this is that this is just the president responding to some criticism from the craven. My concern is that it may be perceived differently. By our professional men and women in the US military, and among some vets not all again to back. This thing up. Mcraven is the retired navy seal and special ops commander who really oversaw the project that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden and also the capture of Saddam Hussein he's been in the military. He was in the military for thirty seven years recently. The president derided mcraven as a quote Hillary Clinton fan and an Obama backer before suggesting that the four star Admiral who recently left his post as chancellor at the university of Texas amid a really he's in the midst of a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, basically, the president said the mcraven should have caught bin Laden faster quote. Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that? Wouldn't it have been nice? And again, these comments part of a war of words that began last year. Mcraven called Trump's description of the news media as the enemy of the people the greatest threat to American democracy. He had ever seen this past summer mcraven wrote that Trump instead of putting others above himself and setting an example as president had embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and worst of all divided us as a nation. So the war of words goes on just curious your take six five one nine eight nine nine two two six is this a case of the media making too much of this? Should we just ignore the president? He's the president everything he says is news worthy. So what is your perception of this Bruce in maple grove? Thanks for calling in. What what do you make of this Bruce? I sure hell sure as hell wish that interviewer would've actually challenged him more. I'm a veteran, and I take offense to the way he treats. That trend's he he loves veterans. Well, let me tell you complete disrespected disregard for our military. He is on fit to be the president. I if I were if I were serving right now, I would give him the same salute that the Henry the fifth told his archers to show to the French. Okay. Bruce. Thank you for making me laugh, though, I needed that. I appreciate you calling. And thank you for listening. Bruce. Dan at Hopkins. What do you what do you make of all this readings? You know, what I love him fighting back. I mean, I'm just tired. How it's always directed. One way to do this on other president and whatever to make public criticism. So one end I mean is it contributing to changing him or to improving his ability to be more Christ like or whatever people want him to be. No. But I mean, the slamming publicly you're gonna I it's great to see him fighting back. Honestly, it seems all directed one way. We don't we don't hear what the people are accusing him of people are starting the battle with him. And he's fighting back. I love it. Bush would never do it. Bush would just sheep asleep kowtow to all the negativity wouldn't be on back. And and it's good to see it. That's just my feeling. And I think a lot of us Americans feel the same way. All right, Dan. Thank you. Thank you for weighing in, sir. Jerry. Egan? What do you what do you think of this? I'd like to say that you know, he's never been over Afghanistan. Why do you think that is? I have no idea, and you know, this deal with. Prince. Oh, killing right NBS Mohammed ridiculous. And even pant said that he was going to prosecute them. But it's all about Trump's business. It's all about Trump. Also. It's all about money. And you know, what I like also says that it was Obama that went in and got Osama bin Laden, right? That's true. Yep. And Bush one and got. The guy in in the in the whole. Yes. Saddam hussein. Yeah. Yeah. But it was all about oil, and this is still all about oil. All right, Jerry. Thank you for the call. Dave. We're gonna try to squeeze you in from Plymouth. What do you what do you think of this should the president be going after? Military veteran call you just made a statement that everything that the president says is news, whatever it is not this is the most saddest day in my life listening to what went on with the radio today about the prince about Saudi Arabia, and it's that every thirty days ten days every minute every hour. This guy opens his spouse and gets you into so much trouble. How in the does he ever get elected is beyond if you would have just listened to his last news conference before he got his butt on that airplane to go down there and play golf. It's it's it's unbelievable. It's all I can say Dave, let me ask you a question. How do you think reporters should respond because every previous administration? I mean reporters cover what the president says. I mean, should we can't ignore can you? I'll tell you how the reporter. Respect they should not show up anymore for this guy. And just let the cards fall where they may just that show up anymore. It's all about Donald Trump. That's all it's about. All right. David plymouth. Thank you for weighing in. And appreciate all your thoughts and tax and comments and. We'll just keep doing the best. We can hear and trying to figure out what it means. Is it a distraction? I don't pretend to know. President doesn't seem like he's in a good mood. I don't know if it's the Muller investigation weighing on on him, or again, if he feels besieged and this is his way of taking things out. I don't pretend to know. But what I do know is that it is time to take a break..
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on Newsradio 830 WCCO
"Back with you. Thanks for tuning in Georgia has the day off. She'll be back tomorrow. She's running around today with her three kids trying to get stuff done. And it'll be good to have her back tomorrow. It always is three thirty five. Apparently, there's a an escalating war of words between the president and retired Admiral William mcraven. Now, he is the the navy seal and special operations commander who oversaw the killing of SAMA bin Laden, and they've gotten into a bit of a tiff and some people concerned that this may escalate just curious to get your thoughts on this and just want to hear from you. Kind of scratching my head about that one. Also coming up at four ten hearing loss. It's something that has affected me personally. So yeah, it's it is personal and my oldest son as well. And I run into more and more people and not just older people that many young people who complain about a persistent ringing in their ears tinnitus and hearing loss it's more pervasive than we thought, and we should be taking steps all of us to lower the risk of hearing loss and then coming up in the five o'clock hour, you may have heard this a federal judge recently stopped the Trump administration's policy of automatically denying asylum to anybody who enters the country illegally. Congress is broken. Is this the only way we can get stuff done. By presidential proclamation, and the judicial system the supreme court. So we're gonna be talking about that. We're also gonna talk to Mike max coming up at the usual time at four fifty about last night's wild Monday night football game. Did you see that? And have the recent changes in the NFL lot of concerned about concussions and injuries. So a lot of the changes the new regulations the new penalties. Did that contribute to that? Crazy shootout between the Rams and the chiefs when I hear from Mike max on that. In the meantime, listen to see CO next Thursday. We have our next business by Carlson a quarterly report. This is live from the Cambridge gallery on seventh here in Minneapolis. Will learn about the Minnesota headquarters economy and look at corporations locating in Minnesota, Paul. Valor of the us Carlson. School will join our very own daily with special guests, former health partners CEO, Mary Brainerd, executive director of Minnesota business partnerships, Charlie Weaver, and professor miles shaver.
Trump’s Attacks on Admiral McRaven Have Successfully Pissed Off Everyone
"Two. Former CIA director Leon Panetta says President Trump owes an apology to retired Admiral William mcraven the ban of organized and executed the Osama bin Laden raid in Pakistan in two thousand eleven president called mcraven a backer of Hillary Clinton and questioned why bin Laden was not captured sooner in response to mcraven criticism of Mr. Trump for attacking the media McCray. Hyphen says it Mr. Trump's assertion that. The news media is the enemy of the people is the greatest threat to democracy in our
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on WBT Charlotte News Talk
"Grams and chiefs outscored them and T-Bone came in from WFAN's e from the MAC attack this morning said they combined touchdowns last night in that game for more than the Buffalo Bills scored all season. Fourteen to thirteen and maybe we'll the entire county. The bills are done. Yeah. Yep. You don't want to see a game. Like that. The bills are playing try five twelve and we will talk about the fanciers because you guys were talking to the coach last night on WBZ. And he he basically said I'd do it again. And you know, what I'm talking about? We will talk about it on the way back to the new center. Now, John Stokes Saudis are northern California lifting mandatory evacuation orders for community south and north west of a deadly blaze decimated the town of paradise fire crews still in the area working to clear down. Utility poles burn, trees, and other hazards. Former US intelligence officials are accusing President Trump of politicizing the military by criticizing a war hero for not capturing Osama bin Laden soon enough. Former director Leon Panetta says Trump does an apology to retired Admiral William mcraven organized and executed the bin Laden raid in Pakistan in may of two thousand eleven Trump telling Fox News Sunday, wouldn't it be nice? It been modern had been captured sooner. The long wait for recreational marijuana sales to begin to Massachusetts will soon be over with. If I commissioned commercial pawnshop set to open today, only two stores, opening initially. But there are the first anywhere in the eastern US Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana in twenty-six, check of WBZ traffic. Here's my Gould construction and seventy seven northbound side from just around Brookshire freeway all the way up to eighty five looks like they've got mostly instruction already out your way this morning. So that should be good to go through. There are still a few barrels in the way. So you'll have to navigate around those. But no big delay would avenue in Berkshire boulevard. Now, there's an accident reported near that intersection. Police responded to that no block off lane. Traffic slow you down. I might Google WBZ traffic when it comes to taking.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Trump attacked retired Admiral William mcraven, claiming he should have taken out of some bin Laden. Sooner bill. Mcraven retired Admiral navy seal thirty seven years former head of US special operate Clinton fan social operation is made Clinton fan who led the operations command of the operations that took down Saddam Hussein. And that killed us on bin Laden says that your sentiment is the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime. He's a Hillary Clinton, backer, an Obama, backer, and frankly, he's a navy seal. Nice. If we got some bin Laden a lot sooner than that. Today. President Trump doubled down on his attack against retired Admiral mcraven tweeting, of course, we should have captured Osama bin Laden long before we did the members of the military and intelligence communities are fighting back against Trump's criticism of mcraven. This president owes Admiral mcraven and all of the seals involved in that operation an apology for what he's saying. He's undermining his position as commander in chief. Not only with those that conducted the operation, but with the entire military. The president is simply wrong, he's uninformed. And he is pushing an idea that I think is not helpful is really a swim of the community who was responsible for trucking down. So I'm a bit loud that reflects I think is complete ignorance about what that took. This isn't the first time Donald Trump is attack members of the military or the intelligence community in two thousand and sixteen Trump insulted this man, Goldstar father, Kizer Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq over his criticism of Trump at the democratic national convention. Trump also mocked John McCain for being a prisoner of war and was slow to formerly knowledge. Mccain's death by lowering flags to have. Staff and in April, President Trump revoked former CIA director John Brennan security clearance, and what was seen as retaliation for being an outspoken critic of the administration Admiral mcraven came to John Brennan's defense writing of Trump in April through your actions. You have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and worst of all divided us as a nation. If you think for a moment that you're McCarthy era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism. You are sadly mistaken now seven months later. Here's how Admiral mcraven responded to Trump's personal attack against him. I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else. I'm a fan of President Obama and President George Bush, both of whom I worked for I'd Meyer all presidents, regardless of their political party who uphold the dignity of the office and who used that office to bring the nation together in challenging times joining us now Tom Nichols. A professor of national security affairs at the US naval war. College. Tim O'Brien the executive editor of Bloomberg opinion, author of Trump nation the art of being the Donald an MSNBC contributor ten. Let me start with you. When when Chris Wallace was trying to get answers out of the president in that, Fox News.
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on News Radio 1190 KEX
"In news. And always we leave it to court Weber, the producer of the Mark Mason program to bring us, the interesting comments from the news and. Other sort of areas. L? Here's the president over the weekend. Talking to Chris Wallace on Fox News talking about retired Admiral William mcraven and really goes after him for not getting bin Laden faster. Mcraven retired Admiral navy seal thirty-seven years former head of US special operation Clinton fan so special operations made Hillary Clinton fan who led the operations command of the operations that took down Saddam Hussein. And they killed Osama bin Laden says the your sentiment is the greatest threat to democracy in his Hillary Clinton. A backer an Obama backer, and frankly, he's a navy seal. Nice. If we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that. So here is let's see let's go ahead and start with former CIA director and secretary Leon Panetta unhappy with the president's words, I it's hard for me to. Even begin to respond to this president when he's dealing with probably one of the most proudest and courageous operations that is taking place. Why Admiral mcraven who led that operation in the seals who went in in a very risky operation, but they got Osama bin Laden the nation's number one enemy, and they sent a clear message to the world that nobody attacks in this country and gets away with it. This president owes Admiral mcraven and all of the seals involved in that operation an apology. Most of us have.
Trump rips Navy SEAL, says bin Laden should've been caught sooner
"Career. President Trump doubling down on remarks about Osama bin Laden Trump tweeting, of course, we should have captured Osama bin Laden long before we did bin Laden was killed in the US rate in Pakistan in two thousand eleven on Fox News Sunday. Trump also went after retired Admiral William mcraven while we saw that raid calling him a Hillary Clinton fan and Obama backer mcraven has been very
"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
"The commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden retired Admiral William mcraven criticized the president's McCarthy era tactics and nearly seventy five former intelligence officials have shown support for Brennan calling Mr. Trump's action and attempt to stifle free speech. But so far just a handful of Republicans on Capitol Hill have criticized the president's tactics. This This kind of a kind of. banana. Rub Republic most have even defended the tactics Mr. Brennan has gone way over the line in my view, and I think restricting his clearance pulling his clearance makes sense to me. But it was about time that he did take away that I think I called him a Butthead and minute and Mr. Trump's attacks on the Justice department and intelligence community are only escalating. Now, some officials worry that special counsel Robert Muller, and his team could be next what the president is doing. And part is sending a menacing signal to the prosecutors and the investigators on the Muller team that if they continue their investigation that their security clearance, which they need in order to do, their job is being put in jeopardy. And joining me now is the former director of the CIA John Brennan. He's also an NBC news, national security and intelligence analyst, former director Brennan, welcome back to meet the presser. Thank you, Chuck. Let me start with something gets you. To react to something the president himself said about how this punishment of you is not about silencing you. It's actually about something else. Take a listen, and I want to get your reaction. Silence of anything. I'm giving them a bigger voice. Many people don't even know who he is and now he has the bigger voice and that's okay with me because I like taking on voices like that. That's the president, essentially, confirming he actually wanted to elevate you and make you. Is that what you believe he was doing? That's what he said there wanted to elevate. You make you more famous. Any sensually make this a one on one with you? Is that how you read this. It's hard for me to read Mr. Trump terms of the action seeds take he's taken, but I think it was a clear signal to others who still have this. Cutie clearances both in the government as well as outside that if you cross him, if you speak out against him, he is going to use whatever tools he might have at his disposal to punish you. And so I think this is yet another example of his egregious abuse of power and authority just because he has the ability to revoke wants clearance, doesn't mean that he is doing it for the appropriate reasons. Indeed, he violated the the process that he himself. His administration put out last year in terms of the basis for revoked revoking security clearances. So I think it was just designed to distract the press from some of the things they'll going on last week. There were nine other people. I'm gonna put the list up of nine other people that that Sarah Sanders indicated could be in danger of losing their clearance. I know you don't have a video monitor. In front of you, but it's James Clapper. James Komi who doesn't have one, supposedly, Michael Hayden, Sally eight, Susan rights, Andrew MacKay Peter Struck Lisa page Bruce Moore and yourself. What do all of them have in common wire, those ten people there signaling out in your opinion? Well, because they've been critical of him or because he wants to use them as examples of the deep state or those that are trying to hurt him in the case of Bruce or a current department of Justice official. I think that is one of the most outrageous steps that he could take to revoke the clearances of a current government official simply costs. He doesn't like either them or their spouse in terms of what they might have done that is so antithetical to what has been the practice and what has been the tradition and what needs to continue to be the basis for the granting of the revoking of security clearances, so that you trust people with those secrets. I'm curious on Friday night with Rachel.
Trump's military parade planned for November postponed: Pentagon
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"admiral william mcraven" Discussed on AM 1350 WEZS
"Kind, of D day celebration I guess after the, fact in other words to, celebrating the military but the cost of it would be just to John nor for now it may still happen but Not this, year So, not this year Also politically speaking Retired navy seal commander wants the president to revoke. His security clearance so retired navy. Admiral William mcraven he actually oversaw the navy seal off that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death, kind of short but scathing letter to President Trump asking his security clearance. To be revoked after the commander in chief revoked, former CIA director. John Brennan, clearance he said I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security. Clearance as well so I can add my name to the list of men and women who spoke up. Against your presidency he wrote that letter and it was published Thursday by. The Washington Post mcraven was commander for the US joint special ops command from two thousand eleven to twenty fourteen which was then under the former President Barack Obama and the former navy Admiral bashed Trump's leadership And said that Trump used McCarthy era tactics against his critics so I don't know so what happens with that It's just more of the same and John Brennan said. This action as part of a, broader effort by Mr. Trump is a press freedom. Of speech and punish critics it should gravely. Worry all Americans including, intelligence professionals about the cost of speaking out my principles are worth far more than clearances I will not relent and it was. Because of the revoking. The former CIA director and High profile. Critic John Brennan security, clearance so that was his reaction and that is what prompted the Retired navy seal commander. To say revoke mine as well So kind of. Shocking in a way, but kind of the same, old same old that we this is this is Washington this is what we. Deal with all the time and have dealt with it so security clearances? And who could lose. Them and what does, that mean and all of that the military parade aside there, are a few other things. That are cooking in DC including maroshek and secret tapes Laura Trump had this to say about these two hundred hours of tapes. That morose says that she has, from the White House.
Former Bush adviser: Trump revoking Brennan security clearance is "disturbing"
"Chair, Paul Manafort before those deliberations. Began judge l. is cautioning jurors the case must be decided solely. By what you heard in court adding you're. Expected to, use your common sense the phrase common sense invoked by. Prosecutors to in their closing arguments they accused Manafort of hiding millions of dollars from the IRS and defrauding banks into loaning him, millions more ABC's Pierre, Thomas, deliberations resume tomorrow, in Alexandria Virginia former CIA director John Brennan continues needling the Trump administration today, after having a. Security clearance pulled he's calling hogwash the president's claims of, no collusion, Senate
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"Silent globe today says journalistic outlets. Have had threats throughout time but it is the president's rhetoric. That gives it the most concern a US Admiral who oversaw, the, raid that killed Osama bin, Laden is now. Asking President Trump to revoke his security. Clearance after the president did exactly that two former CIA director John Brennan tired navy Admiral William mcraven writing that if Mr.. Trump took away former, CIA director, John. Brennan's clearance