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Hunting With SEALs The valor of America's veterans reminds us why we remain free.
Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 17, 2011 | Karl Rove

Posted on 11/17/2011 4:26:46 AM PST by Makana

My nine hunting companions last weekend in South Texas didn't look particularly special. Ranging from early-30s to mid-40s, they could be mistaken for the young doctor down the street, the general manager of the car dealership, the guy who builds custom motorcycles.

But they are extraordinary. Among them, they had a Navy Cross, four Silver Stars, 26 Bronze Stars for valor and four Purple Hearts. These were Navy SEALs with a combined 150 years of service and more than 67 overseas deployments in the war against terror.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: backstabberrove; benedictrove; misogynistrove; rinorove; rove4romney; rove4sorosromney; saboteurrove; seal; tokyorove; veteran
If the account of the gunfight was a movie script, no one would believe it.
1 posted on 11/17/2011 4:26:47 AM PST by Makana
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To: Makana

Story started out nice but I’m not buying the WSJ just to read the rest. Sorry.

2 posted on 11/17/2011 4:34:18 AM PST by auntyfemenist (Where is a grassy knoll when you need one?)
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To: Makana

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel Rove.

3 posted on 11/17/2011 4:44:28 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: auntyfemenist

Right on! Don’t you hate those cheap tricks for your coin like FREE DOWNLOAD that clutters up your hard drive and then demands money to open the program.

4 posted on 11/17/2011 4:44:56 AM PST by BTCM (Death and destruction is the only treaty Muslims comprehend.)
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To: Makana

Never been hunting with SEALs. My hunting buddy group consisted of a Cobra Gunship pilot, F4 Phantom pilot, Marine Sniper, Swiftboat guy, a Navy Mike boat coxswain and a couple of Army warrant officers.

5 posted on 11/17/2011 4:58:55 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: auntyfemenist
Here is a link to read the story w/out having to log-in to WSJ:

Hunting with SEALs

6 posted on 11/17/2011 5:25:07 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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See post #6

7 posted on 11/17/2011 5:26:03 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

Maybe I messed up somehow (wouldn’t be the first time) but that just took me to the same “subscribe to read the rest of the story” page.

8 posted on 11/17/2011 5:37:03 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Diogenesis
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel Rove.


Thanks to America's finest.

9 posted on 11/17/2011 5:43:32 AM PST by PGalt
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To: auntyfemenist

This the money part opf the story:

At a Saturday luncheon, a SEAL no longer on active duty spoke to the group about his last mission, which took place in 2007. (I withhold his identity, as SEALS are generally not publicly named.) Seven days before his deployment in Iraq’s Anbar province was to end, his unit received intelligence about the presence of 16 to 20 al Qaeda combatants in a remote compound. In the dark of night, helicopters dropped his SEAL team and Iraqi scouts 3.5 kilometers from their target. After surrounding the building, they assaulted it by blowing the main door.

Inside, the SEAL found himself in a foyer with doors leading to two interior rooms. He and another SEAL kicked in one door and were confronted by four al Qaeda, two armed with AK-47s, one with an M4, and the final one with a pistol. In the darkened room, both sides immediately opened fire. The second SEAL and an Iraqi scout were killed almost immediately.

The rifle of the remaining SEAL, our speaker, was shot out of his hand. He drew his pistol and returned fire, killing two al Qaeda fighters. He was then knocked to the ground as a grenade that one of them was preparing to throw instead exploded in the room.

When he regained consciousness, he realized the two remaining al Qaeda had driven off his assault team and were still firing at the retiring Americans and Iraqi scouts. He discarded his momentary impulse to play dead and instead re-engaged, emptying first one pistol magazine and then another as he shot it out with the two terrorists, killing both.

Staggering to his feet, he found his dead SEAL comrade and then two dead Iraqi scouts. He attempted to communicate with his unit before realizing his radio had been shot away. He recovered his dead teammate’s radio to communicate with the rest of the assault team, which was about to have the compound pulverized by a C-130 gunship orbiting overhead, assuming since their calls had gone unanswered that none of their comrades in the building was still alive.

Despite grievous wounds, the SEAL explored the rest of the house, collected three Iraqi scouts and two terrorists they detained, and then moved his people outside to link up with the assault team. He refused to be carried to the evacuation chopper: He hurt so badly he felt he’d be further injured. Once on board, an airlift medic cut away all his clothes, stabilizing him as best as he could.

When the chopper landed at base, airfield personnel had difficulty assembling a litter. Spotting a nearby golf cart, the SEAL walked off the chopper and across the strip, wearing only his boots.

Driven to the base hospital, he was found to have 16 gunshot and shrapnel wounds. An additional 11 rounds had slammed into his body armor. Within 48 hours, he was airlifted to Bethesda Naval Hospital and 16 days later he talked his way out and went home to convalesce.

On Veterans Day 2011, in a south Texas pasture, this former SEAL said he’d learned from this experience the importance of empathy. He now works as an advocate for wounded warriors.

10 posted on 11/17/2011 5:44:17 AM PST by BartMan1 (...)
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To: deoetdoctrinae
Sorry...weird things on the interwebs.....?

Here is the trick:

Copy the article title : Hunting with SEALs

Now put/paste that into a google search.
Then click on one of the WSJ hits and read the entire article without the need for logging in.
That works for me. Good-Luck.
11 posted on 11/17/2011 7:01:15 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: auntyfemenist

My mistake re: login
Thanks to the folks who found the free link.

12 posted on 11/18/2011 2:54:39 AM PST by Makana
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