it’s been almost 37 years to the day
that I graduated from UT I remember a lot of things about that day I remember
I had a throbbing headache from a party the night before I remember I had a
serious girlfriend who I later married that’s important to remember by the way
and I remember I was getting commissioned in the Navy that day but of
all the things I remember I don’t have a clue who the commencement speaker was
and I certainly don’t remember anything they said so acknowledging that fact if
I can’t make this commencement speech memorable
I won’t least try to make it short so the university slogan is what starts
here changes the world well I’ve got to admit I kind of like it what starts here
changes the world tonight there are almost 8,000 students or there more than
8,000 students graduated from UT so that great paragon of analytical
rigor says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in
their lifetime 10,000 people that’s a lot of folks but if every one of you
changed the lives of just ten people and each one of those people change the
lives of another 10 people and another 10 then in five generations 125 years
the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people
800 million people think about it over twice the population of the United
States go one more generation and you can change the entire population of the
world eight billion people if you think it’s hard to change the lives of ten
people change their lives forever you’re wrong
I saw it happen every day in Iraq and Afghanistan a young army officer makes a
decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the ten
soldiers with him are saved from a close-in ambush in kandahar province
Afghanistan a noncommissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses
that something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away
from a 500-pound I Edie saving the lives of a dozen soldiers but if you think
about it not only were those soldiers say by the decisions of one person but
their children were saved and their children’s children generations were
saved by one decision one person but changing the world can happen anywhere
and anyone can do it so what starts here can indeed change the world but the
question is what will the world look like after you change it well I’m
confident that it will look much much better but if you’ll humor this old
sailor for just a moment I have a few suggestions that may help you on your
way to a better world and while these lessons were learned during my time in
the military I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a
day in uniform it matters not your gender your ethnic or religious
background your orientation or your social status our struggles in this
world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move
forward changing ourselves and changing the world around us will apply equally
to all I’ve been a Navy SEAL for 36 years but it all began when I left UT
for basic SEAL training in Coronado California basic SEAL training is six
months a long torturous runs in the soft sand midnight swims in the cold water
off San Diego obstacle courses unending calisthenics days without sleep and
always being cold wet and miserable it is six months of being constantly
harassed by professionally trained warriors
who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever
becoming a Navy SEAL but the training also seeks to find those students who
can lead in an environment of constant stress chaos failure and hardships to me
basic SEAL training was a lifetime of challenges crammed into six months so
here the 10 lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of
value to you as you move forward in life every morning in SEAL training my
instructors who at the time were all Vietnam veterans which show up in my
barracks room and the first thing they do is inspect my bed if you did it right
the corners would be square the covers would be pulled tight the pillows
centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the
foot of the rack it was a simple task mundane at best but every morning we
were required to make our bed to perfection it seemed a little ridiculous
at the time particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real
warriors tough battle-hardened seals but the wisdom of this simple act has been
proven to me many times over if you made your bed every morning you will have
accomplished the first task of the day it will give you a small sense of pride
and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another
and by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into mini
task completed making your bed will also reinforce the fact but the little things
in life matter if you can’t do the little things right you’ll never be able
to do the big things right and if by chance you have a miserable day you will
come home to a bed that is made that you made and a made bed gives you
encouragement that tomorrow will be better so if you want to change the
world start off by making your bed during seal training the students during
training the students are all broken down into boat crews each crew is seven
students three on each side of a small rubber boat and one Coxon to help guide
the dinghy every day your boat crew forms up on the
beach and is instructed to get through the surf zone and paddle several miles
down the coast in the winter the surf off San Diego can get to be eight to ten
feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle route through the
plunging surf unless everyone digs in every paddle must be synchronized to the
stroke count of the coxswain everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will
turn against the wave and be unceremoniously dumped back on the beach
for the boat to make it to its destination
everyone must paddle you can’t change the world alone you will need some help
and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends
colleagues the good will of strangers and a strong Coxon to guide you if you
want to change the world find someone to help you paddle over a few weeks of
difficult training my seal class which started with 150 men was down to just 42
there were now six boat crews of seven men each I was in the boat with the tall
guys but the best boat crew we had was made up of little guys the Munchkin crew
we called him no one was over five foot five the
Munchkin boat crew had one American Indian one African American one Polish
American one Greek American one Italian American and two tough kids from the
Midwest they out paddled out ran and out swam
all the other boat crews the big men and the other boat crews will always make
good-natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on their tiny
little feet prior to every swim but somehow these little guys from every
corner of the nation in the world always had the last laugh
sewing faster than everyone and reaching the shore long before the rest of us
SEAL training was a great equalizer nothing mattered but your will to
succeed not your color not your ethnic background not your education not your
social status if you want to change the world measure a person by the size of
their heart not by the size of their flippers several times a week the
instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection it was
exceptionally thorough your hat had to be perfectly starched your uniform
immaculately pressed your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges but it
seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starting your hat or
freshen your uniform or polishing your belt buckle it just wasn’t good enough
the instructors would find something wrong for failing uniform inspection the
student had to run fully clothed into the surf zone then wet from head to toe
roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand
the effect was known as sugar cookie you stayed in the uniform the rest of
the day cold wet and Sandy there were many a student who just
couldn’t accept the fact that all their efforts were in vain that no matter how
hard they tried to get the uniform right it went unappreciated those students
didn’t make it through training those students didn’t understand the purpose
of the drill you were never going to succeed you were never gonna have a
perfect uniform the instructors weren’t going to allow it sometimes no matter
how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar
cookie it’s just the way life is sometimes if you want to change the
world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward
every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events
long runs long swims obstacle courses hours of calisthenics something designed
to test your mettle every event had standards times you had to meet if you
failed to meet those times those standards your name was posted on a list
and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to a circus a circus
was two hours of additional calisthenics designed to wear you down to break your
spirit to force you to quit no one wanted a circus a circus myth that for
that day you didn’t measure up a circus meant more fatigue and more
fatigue meant that the following day would be more difficult and more
circuses were likely but at some time during seal training everyone everyone
made the circus list but an interesting and interesting thing happened to those
who were constantly on the list over time those students who did two hours of
extra calisthenics got stronger and stronger
the pain of the circuses built inner strength and physical resiliency life is
filled with circuses you will fail you will likely fail often it will be
painful it will be discouraging at times it will test you to your very core but
if you don’t if you want to change the world don’t be afraid of the circuses at
least twice a week the trainees were required to run the obstacle course the
obstacle course contain 25 obstacles including the 10-foot wall a 30-foot
cargo net a barbed wire crawl to name a few but the most challenging obstacle
was the slide for life it had a three level 30-foot tower at
one end and a one level Tower at the other in between was a 200-foot long
rope you had to climb the three tiered Tower and once at the top you grabbed
the rope swung underneath the rope and pulled
yourself hand over hand until you got to the other end the record for the
obstacle course had stood for years when my class began in 1977 the record seemed
unbeatable until one day a student decided to go down the slide for life
headfirst instead of swinging his body underneath the rope and inching his way
down he bravely mounted the top of the rope and thrust himself forward it was a
dangerous move seemingly foolish and fraught with risk failure could be an
injury and being dropped from the course without hesitation the students slid
down the Rope perilously fast instead of several minutes it only took him half
that time and by the end of the course he had broken the record if you want to
change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacles headfirst
during the land warfare phase of training the students are flown out to
San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego the waters off San
Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks to pass SEAL training
they’re a series of long swims it must be completed one is the night swim
before the swim the instructors joyfully brief the students on all the species of
sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente
they assure you however that no student has ever been eaten by a shark at least
not that they can remember but you were also taught that if a shark begins to
circle your position stand your ground do not swim away
do not act afraid and if the shark hungry for a midnight snack darts
towards you then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout and
you will turn and swim away there are a lot of sharks in the world if you hope
to complete the swim you will have to deal with them so if you want to change
the world don’t back down from the Sharks as Navy SEAL is one of our jobs
is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping we practice this
technique extensively during training the ship attack mission is where a pair
of sealed divers is dropped off outside an enemy harbor and then swims well over
two miles underwater using nothing but a depth gauge and a compass to get to the
target during the entire swim even well below the surface there is some light
that comes through it is comforting to know that there is open water above you
but as you approach the ship which is tied to appear the light begins to fade
the steel structure of the ship blocks the moonlight it blocks the surrounding
street lamps it blocks all ambient light to be successful in your mission you
have to swim under the ship and find the keel the centerline and the deepest part
of the ship this is your objective but the keel is also the darkest part of the
ship where you cannot see your hand in front of your face where the noise from
the ship’s machinery is deafening and where it gets to be easily disoriented
and you can fail every SEAL knows that under the keel at that darkest moment of
the mission is a time when you need to be calm
when you must be called when you must be composed when all your tactical skills
your physical power and your inner strength must be brought to bear if you
want to change the world you must be your very best in the darkest moments
the ninth week of training is referred to as hell week it is six days of no
sleep constant physical and mental harassment and one special day at the
mud flats the mud flats are an area between San Diego and Tijuana where the
water runs off and creates the Tijuana sloughs a swampy patch of terrain where
the mud will engulf you it is on Wednesday of hell week that you paddle
down in the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive this freezing
cold the howling wind and the incessant pressure to quit from the instructors as
the Sun began to set that Wednesday evening my training class having
committed some egregious infraction of the rules was ordered into the mud the
mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads
the instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit only
five men just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold looking
around the mud flat it was apparent that some students were about to give up it
was still over eight hours till the Sun came up eight more hours of
bone-chilling cold a chattering teeth and the shivering moans of the trainees
were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then one voice began to
echo through the night one voice raised in song the song was
terribly out of tune but sung with great enthusiasm one voice became two and two
became three and before long everyone in the class was singing the instructors
threatened us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing but the
singing persisted and somehow the mud seemed a little warmer and the wind a
little tamer and the dawn not so far away if I have learned anything in my
time traveling the world it is the power of hope the power of one person the
Washington a Lincoln King Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan Malala
one person can change the world by giving people hope so if you want to
change the world start singing when you’re up to your neck and mud finally a
seal training there’s a bell a brass bell that hangs in the center of the
compound for all the students to see all you have to do quit all you have to do
to quit is ring the bell ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at
five o’clock ring the bell and you no longer have to
be in the freezing cold swims ring the bell and you no longer have to do the
runs the obstacle course the PT and you no longer have to endure the hardships
of training all you have to do is ring the bell to get out if you want to
change the world don’t ever ever ring the bell to the class of 2014 you are
moments away from graduating moments away from beginning your journey through
life moments away from starting to change the world for the better
it will not be easy but you are the class of 2014 the class that can affect
the lives of 800 million people in the next century start each day with a task
completed find someone to help you through life respect everyone know that
life is not fair and that you will fail often but if you take some risks step up
on the time through the toughest faced down the bullies lift up the downtrodden
and never ever give up if you do these things
the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far
better than the one we have today and what started here will indeed have
changed the world for the better thank you very much
fucking horns


  • The great good men like this destroyed by the women he risks his life to protect. 🙁

  • When you refer Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria where your soldier has saved other soldiers and their coming generations by correct decision, it sounds hypocritical. Mean while soldiers are killing hundreds of innocent civilians, women and childrens and their present generations as a whole.
    Soldiers follow commands. So they are hardly to be blamed. I just hope as civilian at least you feel the humanely correct things in side. At least feel the pain of bite of conscience.
    The crying of innocence in war zones or Mediterranean shore won't give chance one after another to correct our position.

  • thank you for your service

  • US spends 800 billion a year on clowns like this. They have killed millions in Iraq. How dare you leacture on saving lifes you seamen.

  • The USA needs him as the next President.

  • 628 People had Ring the Bell.

  • What a fucking awesome speech. Fuck

  • I have his book if you want to change the world make your bed. I actually give it out to the Veterans i rehouse

  • Hans-Christian G. Larsen

    amazing and inspiring!

  • Failed, you openly supported obozo. While becoming vocal anti President Trump! Obozo hates America, is anti American, Trump rebuilt, re-paid our military!
    Proof idiots come in all ranks…

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  • Fucking soul taker right there. McRaven / Goggins 2024

  • okay….. the title of this video is a little over the top

  • Brian O'Sullivan

    well worth listening to

  • JayBaddAssCutler

    Powerful stuff

  • Why do you even have a fucking war if you want to change the world? Change yourself and change others!

  • What an amazing speech a true leader without a doubt. Unlike our corrupt president five time draft Dodger and pathological liar make this nightmare end.

  • This is not your responsibility to change the world or anyone.
    The world you are living in is a reflection of your internal world.
    CHANGE yourself and the world around you will changed.
    All the drama in the world we are living in now start, when someone desided to change it for better (by your judgment what "better" is. Your culture, your religion, your beliefs. Let people be who they want to be and learn to accept people for who they are.

  • thx for the video! Great man, big respect, strong words!!!! THX A LOT!

  • Much much respect that speech is for real people who respect and loves other people real people God bless you and thank you for your service

  • if only he would run for president..

  • Woody Woodpecker

    I heard this guy is involved with a scandal. I wish I could find out what happened.

  • What song was sung.

  • On Wisconsin, ON WISCONSIN! cool story bro go badgers

  • This is the kind of man I grew up looking up to, I am not American but men like this is what made America great instead of the laughingstock it has become.

  • Wow I‘m speechless

    I hope that no matter who is reading this will achieve all his or her goals.

    God bless you all. 🙏

  • Man I’m just depresssed honestly man I wanna be a navy seal but I don’t believe in myself and I just don’t feel like I’m gonna make it

  • "Never ring the Bell"

  • Don’t tell millennials that they’re a navy seal without ever being one as they’re delusional idiots who will actually think they’re a seal level and believe they’ve earned something whilst never doing anything. Don’t tell them they can all change the world as their delusion will be even more blown out and their self righteousness will grow. Oh yes make their bed well they’ll never do that so hopefully that will put them off as actually doing something of value isn’t in their handbook! Millennial = cockroach

  • This guy is capable of bullshitting with a smile. And he can make his own bed. And he doesn't ring the bell. And he can wear a wet uniform full of sand, because you need it, of course, to lead the nation.
    People that follow this guy do not deserve a brain; the spinal cord would suffice.

  • Christopher Peterson

    This was very much needed.

  • Flippinnn Giraffe

    Wow 666 dislikes when I READ THIS

  • Unforgetable…



  • …. Sometimes, it's best we say nothing or comment on anything…just listen…and learn.

  • So if I just sleep on top of everything and tidy up when I wake, yep. I'm a loser. Who thinks outside the box. Great speech.

  • A lot of what he is saying can be found in the word of God. When he would say something it would bring a remembrance of a certain scripture. How amazing that you can learn all that can make a great person in the Bible. To the admiral: thank you for your service and thank you to all that have and are serving.

  • Every high school should play this for students graduating every year.

  • 👍👍👍👍

  • Piano ruined this

  • If its ever good ENOUGH thats the moment your a LOSER if you ever quit chasing excellence then you might as well be DEAD " YOU GOTTA HATE LOSING MORE THAN YOU LIKE WINNING" and walking around campus like your a damn badass….sometimes you just arent that good SO what do you do? You WORK all day every day 24/7 cause somewhere theres someone outworking you and somebody else that wishes they COULD

  • One of the best motivational video I've ever seen. True inspiring and worth implementing in your daily life. Thank you Admiral William H. McRaven.


    Audio book available for free here –

  • America is the greatest country in the world. I have so much respect for the generations before me that fought and died to protect the freedoms that I have today! God Bless America and all her citizens. God Bless you Sir. You are a true American Patriot!

  • I just grew a full beard in less than 20 minutes.

  • Ya as long as your thinking right. There is evil out there they do the same at a faster rate. The good we always win. The bad it never sleeps .

  • I don't understand the part about someone swinging headfirst can somebody explain? I'm sorry I just can't visualize the obstacle course 🙁

  • So what’s your bae at basics

  • Reambulation.

  • Riddles

  • Memories that can’t be lost in some’s.

  • There’s nothing else. In the mind.

  • Chin shittles. I’m with that.

  • Shin shittles.

  • Nothing chages that even more true when life reach its end. THE Zionists never change they are just evil and Will Always be evil.

  • It's 5 in the morning in Norfolk, Virgina and I'm fuck inspired. Thank you for your service. Salute.

  • The thumbs down need 4 years in the military to change their attitude!

  • Thats a mans man right there definition of a gentleman

  • US NAVY !!! Honor Courage and Commitment!!

  • Don't listen this guy to start with your bed, if you concentrate on little things, you will never do the big ones!!!
    Leave little things away, and immediately start thinking big!!!

  • Fuck off satanist.Anyone who does the coronado is one

  • Thank you

  • I run my businesses like this and every becomes rich.
    But first make your bloody bed

  • This is America at its best. Just think if you had Trey Gowdy, Jesse Venura, Ron Paul and William McRaven running your country. It would be something to behold and would allow the US to deliver its destiny. This would be a Government for the whole world to look up to and aspire to. When will it happen?

  • Anyone who thumbs downed this is a complete asshole

  • Those 691( as of now) dislikes would NEVER have made it through training.
    No one ever told them to be the VICTOR not the VICTIM.

  • One of the greatest pieces of wisdom I’ve ever heard.

  • US military officers have NO performance standards based on their results. They can not keep the peace and they can not win any wars either. The US military is a corporate tool without any genuine purpose. Read General Smedley Butler. War is a racket. McRaven has no credibility and will be laughed at in history, just another officer who never accomplished anything lasting and without any purpose. He is just a sugar cookie with colored sprinkles on his chest who never changed anything for the better. What about your actual results, sir? How did you make the world any better? How come US officers always talk about compliance but never talk about purpose and results? Tool.

  • This guy's an idiot

  • Funny, I still make my bed every morning before going off to my CEO position. It does help me get focused and organized for the day. And I feel off kilter if I don't make my bed before leaving the house. Great speech.

  • Wasnt up no northern irish mountain

  • I read his book in an hour. I keep the book in my car as a reminder to go back on when in my darkest moments…..

  • Oh really? How about that ONE GOOD decision that saved 10 soldiers that later that day killed 50 Iraqi men? That destroyed 50 families? And their kids? And widowed wives? And children that will grow with no father and probably join some gang in retaliation for the death of their father? And probably later kidnap that same soldier's grandson? Have people completely lost their humanity and heart and actually applause a man that starts his speech with promoting the death of other human in a foreign country as a brave act? All that for what, so that you can bring back more oil to the US and keep prices lower so people can go to McDonalds happuer? Fuckin heartless scums

  • ask him..WHAT HAPPENED TO ADM. SCOTT STEARNEY??proppedup pos.

  • I missed the part about the safe spaces, being a victim, and the issuing of emotional support animals to the SEAL students. Could somebody please time stamp that part for me?

  • Very sad to see McRaven attack President Trump ! I had respect for McRaven before this. Sadly, Brainwashed by the Hard Left.

  • Damn.

  • Oops… thought that I was clicking on porn… misleading title! ;-P

  • Don't ever, ever ring the bell.

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  • HOOK em HORNS !!! YEAH !

  • What a speech what a speech !

  • I saw this guy at the Airport like 3 weeks ago

  • Inspiring, helpful, and insightful. Truly one of the best speeches ever given in human history.

  • A professional killer…

  • The world need more people like that!!

  • A GREAT Man!

  • "If you'll humor this old sailor for just a moment, I have a few suggestions that may help you on your way."

    It would be a privilege sir.


    Edited : I also want to be trained by the SEAL team but I am a girl. Do they train girls ??

  • Timothy Lewis Bullock

    I'm a US Army Vet. Ten years. I'd do it again.

  • Millennials will never understand this…

  • When the doorman get the point?

  • Imagine how great seals are and seals are not us navys top special operators. The real unit x will never be talked about . Id probably go to jail for my comment in the navy. U will never hear nothing about the actual top force. Delta stories are rare now unit x there are no stories

  • What song

  • He's a THOROUGHBRED! Semper Fi Admiral Sir!!

  • An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven · by Ray Starmann · August 18, 2018

    By Ray Starmann
    Dear Admiral McRaven:
    Your OPED yesterday, which was picked up by every liberal media outlet in the country, was sadly indicative of the current state of mind of many of our nation’s recently retired and active duty senior military leaders.
    You stated that former CIA director John Brennan, “is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.”
    The man whom you describe as being a cross between George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Mother Theresa is a deep state hack; who, along with other Obama holdouts, is openly and aggressively pursuing a coup d’etat against the current President of the United States, for one reason and one reason only – his side lost the election.
    Frankly, I can’t think of any actions that are more un-American, and against the values that Americans hold dear and that which so many Americans died for in the past.
    What you call unparalleled integrity, I call honest to goodness treason.
    Former CIA director Brennan, whom you state has honesty and character authorized the CIA to spy on American citizens, tried to rig a Presidential election and then lied to Congress about that spying. A man you claim has unparalleled integrity was caught fabricating stories about attacks on US personnel in Libya and providing weapons to ISIS backed militias in Syria.
    Mr. Brennan also voted once for a communist candidate. How Mr. Brennan was hired as DCI after voting for a communist and why you support a man who once did, is a mystery to everyone but you and God.
    Former members of the special operations community do not share your adoration for Mr. Brennan. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who was part of the CIA team that fought back during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, accused Brennan of putting his “politics” before those in the field.
    On Twitter, Paronto stated: “My principles are greater than clearances too John Brennan, especially when you and the @CIA kool-aid drinkers punishes us for not going along with the Benghazi cover-up story in order to protect you, @HillaryClinton’s & @BarackObama’s failures. You put your politics before us.”
    Mr. Brennan was recently referred to by retired Army Brigadier General Anthony Tata as a ‘clear and present danger’ to the nation.
    No doubt John Brennan’s complete absence of integrity and his erratic behavior are what convinced the President to revoke his clearance. Mr. Brennan stated that “Trump’s … performance in Helsinki, exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.’ It was … treasonous.”
    In a recent article, Pat Buchanan stated that had Brennan made the same accusations of treason against former President Andrew Jackson, ‘he would have been challenged to a duel and shot.’
    As you know sir, on the security clearance form, Question 29 reads, ‘have you ever supported overthrowing the U.S. Government?’
    I think it’s more than apparent, from his nightly rantings on CNN to his Twitter expletives that John Brennan supports over-throwing the President and the current cabinet members of the US government.
    You also wrote, sir, in reference to the President, “Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation,”
    Actually, Admiral, the only person who has humiliated the US on the world stage in the last decade is Barack Hussein Obama. During the eight years of the Obama administrations, the world watched as the US cow-towed to Iranian thugs, let the Chinese run rings around us in the Pacific, while ISIS murdered tens of thousands of innocent people in the Middle East. Believe me, Admiral, the children of Syria and Iraq are rejoicing in their liberation from ISIS mass murderers. And, the people of the Middle East and across the world are sleeping soundly tonight, knowing that an incompetent, narcissistic maniac like Hillary Clinton isn’t sitting in the Oval Office.
    As far as the nation’s current political schism, you need only look at your fellow liberals who are inciting violence and propagating hatred on a daily basis.
    You then dared the Commander in Chief to revoke your security clearance.
    I’m sure you’re aware of the following regulation in the UCMJ. Retired military officers are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) under Article 2 of the UCMJ, which extends the jurisdiction of military law to “Retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay.” “Retirees are subject to the UCMJ and may be tried by court-martial for violations … that occurred … while in a retired status.”
    Article 88 of the UCMJ criminalizes “contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State.”
    Something to ponder, sir.
    No doubt your OPED was designed to whip up some more anti-Trump hysteria and to usher you into the political arena. No doubt you are a serving member of the ‘resistance.’ No doubt, you have your eyes on some office space in the capitol building or in the White House. No doubt, you have your eyes on the prize, all at the expense of the nation you once served.
    When I read your OPED, sir, I wondered where and when and why you went wrong. How does someone from a military family, a SEAL, who came of age in the Reagan years; someone who understands what it’s like to be on a team; the camaraderie, the toughness mentally and physically required; someone who grew up reading about people like Patton, MacArthur, Lee, Grant, Teddy Roosevelt and Hal Moore- How does a guy like that end up aligning himself with the party of Pelosi, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, and slime like Hillary who was chanting baby killer back at Wellesley, and “too gutless to serve, I hate the military” Bill…?
    How does a guy like you still support the destructive policies of Obama, and furthermore, how does a guy like you support Brennan, when you know damned well Brennan was a communist, and that he perjured himself in front of Congress, how does that happen?
    You, sir, are representative of what is, in my opinion, as a former Army Captain and combat veteran of the 7th Cavalry, the worst generation of senior leaders this nation has ever fielded. Bar None. The majority of you, were and are what the late Colonel David Hackworth so eloquently described as ‘perfumed princes.’
    It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have; how many combat tours you did and how much fruit salad you earned. It doesn’t matter that you have the SEAL Trident.
    Your generation of senior leaders sold and is selling out the nation’s defense to the highest bidder and that bidder is social engineering and leftist ideology. You and your generation of leftist senior leaders have allowed our military to be destroyed for the greater glory of pensions, Tricare and political power, national security be damned. Now, that you’ve overseen the decimation of our military, you are determined to overthrow a sitting President because he represents everything anathema to the left – America First and the fact that the USA IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
    You are all nothing more than political hacks; Obama leftists fighting some kind of insurgent anti-Trump campaign like a division of crazed left-wing fanatics holed up in the Beltway National Redoubt, waiting for a last op order from der Fuehrer, Barack Hussein Obama.
    I believe sir, that you need to examine your conscience and ask yourself one very important question – what in the name of God Almighty would Hillary Clinton have done for anyone in this country?
    The answer is nothing.
    Ray Starmann
    Editor in Chief
    US Defense Watch · by Ray Starmann · August 18, 2018

  • This guy went from being the ultimate warrior, speech giver, and patriot, to being the ultimate punk, coward, and shameless loser with political ambitions that he's pursuing at any cost, and at anyone's expense. I'd throw my piss in this loser's face if given the chance

  • 1 retard in white house decided to invade and destroy a perfectly functional country: thousands of americans die and ISIS is born

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