Former Seal Team 6 commander visits San Antonio, criticizes President Obama

Former Cmdr. Ryan Zinke: Administration allows too many leaks

Author: Jenna Hiller, Reporter, jhiller@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 03 2012 05:16:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2012 05:41:01 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

The former commander of Seal Team Six and current Montana State Sen. Ryan Zinke visited San Antonio to talk military and politics.

He spoke at the Palladium Wednesday as part of the speaker series for St. Mary's School of Law's Center for Terrorism Law.

Zinke retired from the military in 2008.

Now he is criticizing the recent attention given to Seal Team Six after the raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. Zinke said he doesn't think anyone should have known the team was involved in the first place.

"If it affects the operations that are going on currently or future operations, and it puts those troops that are in harms way now at greater risk, it's wrong," he said.

Zinke blames President Barack Obama for announcing Seal Team Six's involvement. He said the president is claiming the glory for the military's risk.

Zinke even formed a Super PAC earlier this year, Special Operations For America. He said he wants to offer a voice for active duty military.

Zinke said the Super PAC formed in response to a political advertisement where former President Bill Clinton praises President Obama's decision to go after bin Laden.

"The consequence of failure was loss of American life. You would have lost a father, a son a husband," he said.

According to Zinke, President Obama is politicizing military action.

But U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said the same is true of Zinke.

"To blame this administration for its success in making our families safer in going after the king pin for the wrongs that were done against our country on 9/11, I don't understand that," Doggett said.

Both do agree that there should be fewer leaks of military information.

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