"You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain." Vice President Biden said during a fundraiser in Morris Township, N.J. Of course, he was referring to Obama deciding to give the Navy SEALs the green light to attack Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound.
Now I’ll give Obama credit-he did give the order to go in and it did only take him 16 hours to make that decision, which should have been remarkably obvious to anyone with a lingering memory of 9/11, but the ‘most audacious plan’ in 500 years?
What about George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware during the Revolutionary War. It was the middle of winter, his troops were worn out, fatigued, freezing to death and were facing a vastly larger Hessian and, later, British Army.
With only 2,400 men able to fight, Washington made plans and convinced his men to attack Hessian troops that far outnumbered his own then defend against a 5,000 strong British counter attack.
But naw…that wasn’t audacious at all.
Barbary Coast Wars? For those that are unaware, this was where Muslim pirates from Algiers, Tunis, Morocco, and Tripoli (the Barbary Coast) attacked American Merchant ships to extort ransom for the lives of captured sailors, and ultimately tribute from the United States to avoid further attacks.
New President Thomas Jefferson, showing what Biden would call run-of-the-mill statesmanship, refused to bow to the pirates’ demands and sent the Navy and Marines to protect the shipping lanes. That prompted the Barbary States to declare war on the United States.
In April 1805, Ex-consul William Eaton, who went by the rank of general, and US Marine First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon led a mixed force of eight United States Marines and 500 Greeks from the island of Crete, Arab, and Berber mercenaries on a march across the desert from Alexandria, Egypt to assault and to capture the Tripolitan city of Derna. This was the first time in history that the United States flag was raised in victory on foreign soil. This action was memorialized in a line from the Marines’ Hymn—”the shores of Tripoli.”
But audacious? Not according to Joe Biden.
How about the D-Day invasion which led to the fall of Nazi Germany? Nope.
The Marines storming the Pacific leading to the Invasion of Okinawa and Iwo Jima and the iconic raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi?
Just a walk in the park, apparently.
The Battle of the Chosin Resevoir during the Korean War? Nothing audacious about that.
I mean, it’s not like 30,000 United Nations troops were encircled by approximately 67,000 Chinese troops or anything and would have been slaughtered if not for the yawn-worthy efforts of the US Army and Marine Corps. I mean only Fourteen Marines, two Soldiers and one Navy pilot received the Medal of Honor and in what US historians called the “greatest evacuation movement by sea in US military history”, a 193-ship armada assembled at the port and evacuated not only the UN troops, but also their heavy equipment and the Korean refugees.
But audacious? Please…give me a break.
So, remember, thank God we have a strong leader in the White House-a man who can make a decision in 16 hours or more then sit in a cushy leather chair while other’s do the work that he is unable to do himself….but still takes credit for.
Now THAT is audacity.