Leah Barkoukis
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The PAC Special Operations for America has a new hard-hitting ad against Obama that’s set to release Tuesday at the RNC. While the spot is only 34 seconds, it’s long enough to hammer the president for bowing to foreign leaders. Titled “Bow to Nobody,” the ad says this act is precisely what they’ve been fighting to prevent.

“We sacrifice not because we have to. We bleed not because we want to. We fight because we need to - and sometimes, we die because we love this country. I believe in American exceptionalism. As a Navy SEAL I fought so that I would never have to see my president bow to anyone.”

 

Obama bowing to Japan’s Emperor Akihito:

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Obama bowing to Saudi King Abdullah:

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Obama bowing to Mexican President Felipe Calderon:

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SoFA has been involved in the slight controversy going on regarding the role of veterans’ groups in politics (read: liberals are upset they’re criticizing the president for national security leaks and politicizing the raid that killed OBL).  Four of these groups were even added to an Obama campaign’s ‘enemies list’ – SoFA included.

Former Navy SEAL and Montana State Senator Ryan Zinke launched SoFA in July as “a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great.” In an interview with Breitbart, Zinke offers some perspective on the new ad and what role former SEALs should have in speaking out politically:

“The ad itself accurately portrays where this President is,” said Zinke. “It accurately portrays his core belief that America should not lead. This president is shaping America to be one of the followers, to relinquish our role as a world leader. I didn’t fight 23 years as a Navy SEAL to watch America bow to anybody.”

He continued, “It’s not just the king of Saudi Arabia. My friends from WWII that fought in the Pacific theater -- when they see the president bow to the emperor of Japan, I’ve seen veterans cry. This is about the fundamental belief in American exceptionalism, the notion that America should reign supreme. We are a country of values, and we fought hard to be exceptional, and we are.”

When asked whether it was inappropriate for former SEALs to speak out, as some on the left have alleged, Zinke answered, “If the veterans can’t speak out, who can? I think it’s a duty of every veteran and every citizen to be actively involved in our political process, especially when the president sets out to negotiate away our rights under the Constitution. There have been other veterans -- TR, Eisenhower, JFK -- they’ve been active in speaking out and shaping the policy and politics of our country. I’m going to stand for what I believe in, and I’m encouraging every veteran and every citizen to do the same. Our country is at a crossroads, and this election is certainly the most important in my lifetime.”

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Assistant Editor at Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine.

Author Photo credit: Jensen Sutta Photography