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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
The former special operations officers and current Republican activists who've formed the "Special Operations Opsec Education Fund" to try to turn President Obama's national security strengths into weaknesses with a little Swiftboating are drawing criticism from current officers, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey:
"One of the things that marks us as a profession in a democracy – in our form of democracy – that’s most important is that we remain apolitical," Dempsey said. "That’s how we maintain our bond of trust with the American people. The American people don’t want us to be another special interest group." [...]

"If someone uses the uniform, whatever uniform it is, for partisan politics, I’m disappointed by that, because I think it does erode that bond of trust we have with the American people," Dempsey told Fox.

Dempsey is not alone.
"This is an unprofessional, shameful action on the part of the operators that appear in the video, period," U.S. Army Special Forces Maj. Fernando Lujan wrote on his Facebook page, to a chorus of approval from colleagues.

A Green Beret who returned last year from Afghanistan, Lujan says that attaching the title of special operator with any political campaign is "in violation of everything we've been taught, and the opposite of what we should be doing, which is being quiet professionals."

The nouveau Swiftboaters claim their major focus is on leaks, but, in a straightforward Karl Rove tactic, the real goal is to downplay President Obama's role in the killing of Osama bin Laden and make him look like a braggart who didn't give credit to the people who carried out the operation. (He did.)

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 07:44 AM PDT.

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