ComNavOps has repeatedly pointed out that
and our military have forgotten what war is really like. We’ve gotten so used to uncontested,
precision guided bomb strikes that we’ve forgotten that there is even an enemy
capable of fighting back. We’ve gotten
so used to leisurely, uncontested strikes that we’ve come to believe that's what war is. We’ve become more
concerned with the tiniest degree of collateral damage than with mission
We’ve forgotten what war is. We've forgotten the cost of war.
Now, we have this statement from Senator McCain regarding the
raid in which a Navy SEAL was killed, Yemen
“Every military operation has objectives. And while many of the objectives of the recent raid in
were met, I
would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a
success.” (1) Yemen
He would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success???? So, I guess he views WWII as a failure?
There could not be a clearer indication that he, personally, has forgotten what war is along with the nation and the military. This is especially disappointing coming from a combat veteran.
With all that said, I have no idea what the objectives of the mission were, to what degree they were achieved, and whether the benefits were worth the cost. I do, however, know that war is death and destruction and if we commit to combat we have to expect losses. We just need to be very careful that the mission is worth the loss.
The loss of an American life, as tragic as it is, is not the criteria upon which to judge the success or failure of a mission or a war.