Turns out playing “war hero” doesn’t resonate with… well, actual war heroes.
The Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden had some choice words for Pete Buttigieg, who often references his five months of service in Afghanistan.
According to The Federalist:
The former Navy SEAL responsible for killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden offered some harsh advice for Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who often touts his five months in Afghanistan on the presidential campaign trail.
“My advice for Pete Buttigieg… Stop playing war hero. You’re gonna get called out,” wrote Robert O’Neill on Twitter.
Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Buttigieg, coming off two strong performances in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, often references serving as a naval intelligence officer as a primary qualification for his fitness to serve in the Oval Office.
“When I was deployed, I felt it. I felt that the flag on my shoulder was keeping me safe because it stood for a country that was known to our allies and our adversaries to be one that keeps its word,” Buttigieg told a crowd in Iowa last month. “And when I’m your commander-in-chief, no ally will ever have reason to question whether it’s a good idea to bet your life on the credibility the United States of America.”
The criticism is already rolling in on Twitter.
It is reported that veterans often "roll their eyes" when Buttigieg references his military experience.
Well, the Wall Street Journal reports that Buttigieg took the "shortest way home."
From the Wall Street Journal:
“Mr. Buttigieg skipped all that—no obstacle courses, no weapons training, no evaluation of his ability or willingness to lead,” the Marines write. “Paperwork, a health exam and a background check were all it took to make him a naval officer.”
The two Marines also reference Buttigieg’s book chronicling his time as a war tourist with time to relax and read.
“Working eight-hour days,” Buttigieg wrote discussing his time stationed at a base in Illinois, featured “a relaxing contrast from my day job, and spending time with sailors from all walks of civilian life, was a healthy antidote to the all absorbing work I had in South Bend.”
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