SEALs' best deserving of recognition
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 5/3/2011 4:10:00 AM

The retired naval officer who commanded the USS Cole when it was hit by terrorists says he's proud of the way the Navy SEAL team performed in finally ridding the world of Osama bin Laden.

Cdr. Kirk Lippold (USN-Ret.) shared the joy of millions of Americans Monday hearing the news of the dramatic military mission led by elite Navy SEALs, which resulted in the killing of the most sought after figure in the war on terror, 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. According to National Journal, bin Laden was one of 22 people killed or captured during the 40-minute raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Sunday.

The Journal identifies the SEAL team as "SEAL Team Six" -- officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group -- based out of Dam Neck, Virginia.

Lippold says the Navy SEALs are absolutely the best in the world. "And the team of these particular individuals comes from the best within the SEALs themselves," he explains.

"They did an absolutely phenomenal job. They chose lives of consequence when they chose to serve. And clearly in this case, they have been at the pinnacle of an operation that has made us proud as a nation -- and we should be very proud of them as well."

However, Lippold believes this event is going to have little effect on President Barack Obama's overall approach to foreign policy.

"I doubt that we're going to see this president truly engage as the leader of the free world in a manner that he should in foreign policy," says the retired naval officer. "So while I will give him credit for making the decision to go after and kill bin Laden, the reality of it is I don't think it's going to cause any shift in how this administration does business on the world stage."

Lippold says the killing of bin Laden did help avenge the deaths of the 17 sailors he lost when terrorists attacked the USS Cole almost a year before the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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