There was a time when I used to think Navy SEALS were like superheroes. they were the ultimate soldiers. These were guys who jumped out of planes and launched attacks from submarines. They were literal supermen. But over the years, I’ve begun to realize that image was cultivated by Hollywood movies such as “Navy SEALS” and “American Sniper.”
The reality is very different. From reading books and interviews about real Navy SEALS, I've learned some of them have some far-right, borderline fascist views. I read Chief Petty Officer (rtd.) Chris Kyle’s book “American Sniper,” which is a lot different from the Clint Eastwood-directed movie. That’s not unusual because it’s difficult to capture a person’s personality in a two- hour movie.
In the book, he mentions getting into bar fights and also talks casually about killing Iraqis, even women and children. I deduced that Kyle would have made a good hitman because he seemed to have no qualms about killing people.
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I also saw this in Petty Officer (rtd.) Marcus Luttrell, another Navy SEAL who was heroically portrayed in the movie “Lone Survivor.” In an interview, Lutrell said that “Obama wanted to take everyone’s guns,” which is an indicator of his political views. Luttrell also hosts a show on wingnut Glenn Beck’s network TheBlaze and backed Donald Trump in 2016.
So, it wasn’t surprising when I discovered that at least two Navy SEALS were involved in the Capitol insurrection. Last week it was revealed that retired SEAL Shannon Rusch marched alongside the Proud Boys during the insurrection.
Also, a mini-scandal erupted last week when a Facebook group was discovered that included the comments of several Special Forces operators. According to NBC, some of them held extremely anti-Biden views and also believed in QAnon.
“Among the hundreds of Facebook posts NBC News reviewed from forums for current and former Rangers, Green Berets and other elite warriors: a member of a special forces group lamenting that several aides to former Vice President Mike Pence were part of a ‘Concerted effort by the thieves and pedophiles walking the hallowed halls of the peoples government’ to undermine former President Donald Trump,” according to NBC News.
According to news reports, about one in five of the participants had a military background. That’s bad enough but the idea of highly-trained military personnel organizing against their own government is blood-chilling.
This wasn’t surprising. But you would think that Special Forces soldiers, who often work alongside intelligence agencies, would have undergone training to be able to see through propaganda. Apparently, it didn’t work.
Adam Newbold, a retired Navy SEAL, who was discovered at the Stop the Steal march, also made comments that’s indicated he believed much of the right-wing propaganda that convinced people to take down the government.
“A former SEAL who served with him at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia said Newbold was smart and had a good reputation in the SEAL teams, and had worked with the CIA on intelligence gathering,” said a Chicago Tribune story.
Newbold also said he hasn't ruled out using violence to achieve his goals of overturning the 2020 election.
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But I find it hard to believe that Special Forces operators, who’ve gone through some of the most rigorous physical and mental training, fell down the QAnon rabbit hole. I’m a blogger, who writes articles from my bedroom in California, and it didn’t take me long to figure out QAnon was commercialized conspiracy BS.
From the more information revealed about the Capitol insurrection, we’ve learned the operation had close ties to the military. According to news reports, about one in five of the participants had a military background. That’s bad enough but the idea of highly-trained military personnel organizing against their own government is blood-chilling.
According to Dr. Erroll Southers, a domestic terrorism expert who teaches at the University of Southern California, military personnel are highly recruited by anti-government groups. However, the revelation that Navy SEALS were at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and many of them harbor anti-government views indicates that we’ve created our own worst enemy. We created a group of highly-skilled commandos and now their weapons are fixed against the very government that trained them. This will not end well.