By Daniel John Sobieski
One gets the impression that if Amir Hekmati, the former United States Marine still imprisoned in Iran were gay, transgendered or a deserter, President Obama, who tweeted to the former Olympic champion and now Vanity Fair cover girl Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner: “It takes courage to tell your story.”
“It takes courage to share your story,” the president tweeted in response to Jenner, who broke the president’s record for fastest new Twitter account to reach 1 million followers.
Never on to miss an opportunity to push the progressive agenda, Obama tweeted three minutes later, asking other lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders people to tell their tale (because they’re not in the news enough these days).
“Your story matters in the fight for LGBT rights—share it here:” Obama tweeted with a link to a page on barackobama.com.
As Investor’s Business Daily noted, courage is defined by people like Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who languished in a Mexican jail after serving his country for taking a wrong turn after being confused by traffic signs in a construction zone, ignored by his Commander-in-Chief who takes time out to congratulate gay basketball players for their “courage”:
Jill Tahmooressi, Andrew's mother, has never been invited to stand by the president on the White House lawn. Nor has she ever received a phone call from President Obama, as she testified Wednesday before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee. Presidential calls of support are reserved for basketball players like Jason Collins, whom Obama called to say "he was impressed by his courage," according to a White House spokesperson, for announcing that he was gay.
For our part, we are impressed by the courage of Sgt. Tahmooressi, who served two tours of duty fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, and his mother. Her son fought the enemy instead of trying to join them. And for making a wrong turn into Mexico while carrying legal American firearms in his trunk as he journeyed to San Diego for treatment of his PTSD, he now sits in a Mexican jail ignored by the country he risked his life for.
What takes courage, Mr. President is fighting for your life and your country on the roof of a building in Benghazi, Libya, as terrorists take the lives of four Americans while you rested up for a fundraising trip to Las Vegas. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith defined courage in Benghazi.
You did not when you and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to the parents of the dead in front of their son’s caskets as they returned home from Libya, blaming their deaths on a video offensive to Islam.
As Patricia Smith, Sean’s mother, testified before Congress:
"Every one of them came up to me, gave me a big hug, and I asked them, 'What happened, please tell me?' And every one of them said it was the video. And we all know that it wasn't the video. Even at that time they knew it wasn't the video. So they all lied to me."
Courage, Mr. President, is defined by Chris Kyle, the hero of “American Sniper, President Obama did not tweet or call Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, on the occasion of his death, nor did he go to Chris Kyle’s funeral There was no recognition of Chris Kyle’s courage and heroic gallantry on the battlefields of Iraq.
Of course, to President Obama Iraq was the bad war, imposed on us by President George W. Bush, and precipitous abandonment of Iraq was right up there with closing Guantanamo, where the worst of the worst of those trying to kill us were incarcerated. Bowe Bergdahl, now charged with desertion for leaving his post in Afghanistan, was considered important enough to trade five top Taliban commanders for, Chris Kyle did not merit so much as a call or a tweet to his widow.
President Obama ignored the death of Chris Kyle, just as he was ignored the fact that his Iraqi withdrawal helped provide a vacuum for the Islamic State he once described as a “JV” team to flourish and which made the sacrifice of people like Chris Kyle and those who died liberating places like Fallujah and Ramadi meaningless.
Chris Kyle and those like him are the courageous ones, not a former Olympic athlete whose biggest worry now is whether a particular outfit makes him look fat. Certainly the American people thought so when they made the story of Chris Kyle’s courage a runaway box office hit, much to liberal Hollywood’s dismay and the White House’s chagrin:
The setting for his gripping tale of American heroism and sacrifice is Iraq, a tragic example of Obama's failed leadership. War is hell, and "American Sniper" shows that. But war often is necessary, and the movie shows that too. There is evil in the world, evil that must be resisted, as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a genuine American hero, did valiantly.
The movie's $105 million opening weekend showed that America is hungry for heroes. Yet it does not gloss over the moral dilemmas of war and the toll they take on our veterans. We owe them a great honor and debt, not a shameless withdrawal that renders their sacrifice meaningless.
We need to honor the sacrifices and courage of people like Chris Kyle and not the self-indulgent narcissism and bogus celebrity of people like the Kardashians and Caitlyn Jenner. Chris Kyle was a true profile in courage.
Daniel John Sobieski is a free lance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.