White American Flags fly over New York City.
The symbology is so obvious; the operation, professional, clean and executed perfectly. The location; where it all started (for most Americans). A terrorist flag? A Russian flag? No; an American Flag bleached white. The fact the press hasn’t even picked up a sniff on this doesn’t surprise me at all, why? Because there are very few veterans in the press. And I suspect the few Vets that are in the Press Corps are smiling quietly, knowingly.
My son (an Iraq War Vet) and I were listening to the news when this story broke. We both laughed out loud when the question was asked: “Who would do this?”. We simultaneously replied: “Veterans!”.
Veterans? Yes and I will tell you why.
First the symbology; a white flag of surrender. But not a plain white flag; the team took the time to bleach out the American Flags and re-hoist them. America surrendering. This required equipment (bleach/water and a container) to be transported to the top of two bridge turrets. Next the operation; the team easily defeated security not once but twice, the lights were blocked out by a simple and effective means. Tin foil trays, like off of a steam table on a buffet, were bent around the light fixtures. The colors were struck, bleached and re-hoisted. Rinse, (literally) and repeat. The fact that the trays fit perfectly and the OP went smooth means that most likely there was a RECON mission first. OPLAN, RECON, INSERTION, ACTION and EXFIL; seamless execution. Vets; maybe even “special” ones IMO.
Why? Because America has surrendered in the eyes of many Veterans; especially those who served in the WAR on terrorism. My son was wounded while fighting with the 10th Mountain Division in the Sunni Triangle. They defeated Al Qaeda, and now that part of Iraq has been given away to a group even worse, ISIS. Afghanistan is next. Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, sub Sahara Africa; the world is in absolute chaos. Veterans as a group take exception to spilling their blood on bullshit causes. We do what we are told; stand for the Constitution first, however we will take exception when it is all for naught. When it is bungled away by incompetence or worse, lack of “give a shit”.
So yes, we are irritated: you are either in or out. You can not go half ass when lives are on the line. We will go, we will fight; but don’t make the loss and sacrifice for nothing. Don’t make it worse than it was.
But the real reason we are irritated? Because we know the world; the real world. We know the evil that is out there and we know weakness, surrender, invites it to our shores again. We are in a WAR; just because we choose to give up doesn’t mean the other side will.