Video: Admiral McRaven’s top ten tips for college graduates

posted at 8:41 pm on May 22, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

To cleanse the palate, not merely for the day, but for this entire silly season of commendable commencement speakers like Condi Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali getting the boot because of a handful of petulant students so brainwashed with their own self-righteousness that they cannot quite come to terms with the hypocrisy inherent in their own definition of “tolerance.” Through the prism of Navy SEAL training, a.k.a. ultimate badassery, Admiral William McRaven offered a few words of wisdom to University of Texas graduates earlier this week:


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Twenty minute vid? Isn’t there a Readers Digest condensed version?

Bishop on May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Twenty minute vid? Isn’t there a Readers Digest condensed version?

Bishop on May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I was just about to say that while I deeply admire and respect the Admiral, my ADD won’t permit me to sit through a 20-minute video to get all the nuggets.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I was listening to this on Hugh Hewitt on the way home today.

Really good stuff.

MichaelGabriel on May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Isn’t this the admitted Prog?

budfox on May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Nice speech! But I really wanted Erika to give a cliff note.

This is for everyone under 30 reading this.

Admiral mcRaven
If you want to change the world

-make your bed
-measure a person by the size of their heart
-get over being a sugar cookie
-don’t be afraid of circuses
-slide down the obstacle head first
-don’t back down from the sharks
-be your best in the darkest moments
-start singing when you are up to your head in mud
-don’t ever, ever ring the bell (don’t give up)

coolrepublica on May 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

…I wonder if his CIC fixes his own bed?………….ever?

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

One more for the list

If you want to change the

-find someone to help you paddle
That makes 10

You can thank me later Erika. ;-)

coolrepublica on May 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

What a guy. He really had the right stuff. Not only making it through seal training but he rose to the level of admiral. You can bet he earned all the scrambled eggs on his hat and the medals.

crankyoldlady on May 22, 2014 at 9:04 PM

They talked about this on The Five, it sounded like something every graduate should hear.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Great stuff.

Terrific commencement address.

aquaviva on May 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Twenty minute vid? Isn’t there a Readers Digest condensed version?

Bishop on May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

You are definitely a bad influence on HA.

Seriously, take the time to watch this. This was an awesome address. Far better than my commencement speaker and I had a Secretary of State!

Will all the kids at UT-Austin take the Admiral’s words to heart? Of course not. But not one thing he said was bad advice or platitudes. For that alone it is worth the investment in time.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

coolrepublica on May 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The shorthand doesn’t make sense without the context. We are doomed if commencement speeches have to be 140 characters or less.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Twenty minute vid? Isn’t there a Readers Digest condensed version?

Bishop on May 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Mile Wide Inch Deep takes more time to announce he is going to the bathroom and that’s when he is not off teleprompter. Don’t be a useless easily manipulated short attention span “Millennial” Take the time. This guy has a resume and a speaking ability that makes “Dear Leader” look like the affirmative action hire he has always been….

HatfieldMcCoy on May 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Crap! I hate making my bed.

John the Libertarian on May 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I’ll take this graduation speech..:)

PALIN TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADS: YOU ARE OUR HOPE, NOT ‘HOPEY CHANGEY BS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON’ (video)

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/05/22/Palin-To-High-School-Grads-You-Are-Our-Hope-Not-That-Hopey-Changey-BS-Coming-Out-Of-Washington

idesign on May 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Short Version

kcewa on May 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Will all the kids at UT-Austin take the Admiral’s words to heart? Of course not. But not one thing he said was bad advice or platitudes. For that alone it is worth the investment in time.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

It’s been 30 minutes – do you remember anything he said?

kcewa on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Heard it on Hewitt driving home… So nice to hear a true American. This man understands. God bless him and all the troops he has come into contact with.

uncommon sense on May 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Isn’t this the admitted Prog?

budfox on May 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Gen McKrystal’s a prog. Admiral Mullen and he are both gun grabbers. I’m not sure about McRaven, but I look forward to watching this video.

juliesa on May 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM

McRaven speaks respectfully of bush as Commander in Chief, saying he “made some very, very tough decisions.” About Obama, without a question to prompt him, he waxes lyrical and at length. The planning and decisionmaking for the bin Laden raid, he volunteers, “was really everything the American public would expect from their national leadership.”

“The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

I found this slop at the DKos fever swamp. McRaven is apparently a fu**ing nitwit.

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Great speech. Thanks Admiral! Words to live by.

USNCVN on May 22, 2014 at 10:21 PM

THAT is the spirit the Left is hell bent on replacing with sensitivity training.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

“The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

I found this slop at the DKos fever swamp. McRaven is apparently a fu**ing nitwit.

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Say it isn’t so.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Say it isn’t so.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Sorry to say…it is so. Someone above asked about McRaven being “a progressive”, so I googled it. Read ‘em and weep.

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

UT-Austin? What, you couldn’t find the commencement speech from Bezerkley? A lefty idiot spouting platitudes to a lefty crowd. No thanks.

“At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum. McRaven refused to respond Wednesday when asked whether he agreed with Romney that any president would have made the same decision Obama did. However, at a couple of junctures, the Special Operations commander offered effusive praise for Obama.
“The president of the United States is fantastic”

sauldalinsky on May 22, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Good grief! And while I was listening to the speech I was wondering how he liked serving under the Obama administration.

Now I’m wondering how the SEALS like serving under HIM.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

It also answers my question of how someone gets to Admiral without having gone through Annapolis.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I can see there is a lot of military uniform worship here, but I’ll go another level deeper in the hole. I am astonished by the courage, strength, commitment and achievements of many of our warriors, but I view military leadership with much, much more skepticism. Hear me out.

Example 1: This week brought us Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters, crying about the criticism of Shinseki and declaring him to be a great man of honor and above reproach. Oh, really? Because he is a fellow Pentagon Pensioner? He’s doing a completely horseshit job of running the VA, and that seems to be his current post.

Example 2: Mike Mullen, Navy jackass. Partisan (liberal) politics, pro-gay military, and the guy who gave you $150 a gallon biofuel mandates for the Navy.

Example 3: Wesley Clark. Need I say more?

At this point, a guy making General or Admiral in an era of Bill Clinton and Barry O’Bozo is more than suspect of being a worthless political tool.

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Now I’m wondering how the SEALS like serving under HIM.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Bingo. His speech was canned piss, too. Tough SEAL talk for a bunch of sissy liberals from Austin.

Read Marcus Luttrell’s book if you want to know about Hell Week.

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

HOOK’EM

Privatize It on May 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM

it’s very simple — commisioned officers tend much more to be statists and leftards, while NCOs tend to be much more conservative

Mullen, McCrystal, McRaven, Powell, Wes Clark, etc– all gun grabbing, nanny leftists

On the other hand, NCOs, who actually do the fighting, are more often fierce proponents of gun rights and liberty in general.

See the Oath Keepers, or that epic petition 1100 Green Berets wrote in support of the 2A after the Sandy Hook gun grab attempt by the left

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/30/read-the-letter-1100-green-berets-signed-for-protection-of-the-2nd-amendment/

I more listen to and respect the guys in the trenches, not the coddled, PC, bureaucrat suits that now often populate the CO ranks

thurman on May 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Good grief.

First the NFL, and now the SEALS.

This has been a sorry month for masculinity.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Maybe McRaving is just buttering the slide for a shot at Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and a life of limousines, exclusive country clubs and cocktail parties. But even the liberal nitwits in Hollywood painted an infinitely more critical picture of the Bin Laden raid than this doof.

Obama’s most slavish supporters claim to have done their homework and then produced Zero Dark Thirty, and the only people in it who look like shit are O’Bozo and his slimy political machinery, and a couple of sleazy CIA operatives in the middle east.

And another thing.

If you read Lone Survivor and come away wondering WhoTF signed off on such a hare-brained mission, which cost the lives of some of the finest warriors we have ever produced, then apparently you have another reason to be skeptical of Admiral William McRaven (L-DC).

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I more listen to and respect the guys in the trenches, not the coddled, PC, bureaucrat suits that now often populate the CO ranks

thurman on May 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Amen.

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 11:11 PM

One look at that Situation Room photo while the Osama raid was going down would convince anyone that Obama was the SMALLEST man in that room, not the smartest. And that someone else was in charge.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

You know Mac graduated with a journalism degree. And he does love the sound of his voice a bit too much. But he was a very good operator and a excellent combat leader. He has made his share of mistakes as COSOCOM, but he has always, always! made the care and concern of the men and women who serve in his command his first priority.(When it comes to D.C. politics, Mac really likes to spread the grease around. I wish he would stop when he’s ahead.)

flackcatcher on May 22, 2014 at 11:33 PM

One look at that Situation Room photo while the Osama raid was going down would convince anyone that Obama was the SMALLEST man in that room, not the smartest. And that someone else was in charge.

Cleombrotus on May 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Scaling error in the Photoshop.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Reading the comments, I wonder how many heroes who are throwing muck actually ever suited up.

For those of you who seem to think that McCraven should perform professional seppku because he is stuck with an idiot CinC; one that the people elected twice, I ask you; “what the hell are you doing? Besides bitching anonymously.”

Wonder how many votes there were for Romney out of this crowd? How many $$ donated to elect Republicans to Congress? How many stewed in your ideological purity and watched Obama get elected twice–because the alternative just wasn’t “good” enough for you?

For the woman who wondered how many people McCraven had killed. The answer is that he, like every other American warrior, killed no one that the duly elected civilian leadership of this country did not send him to kill. Pull you head out and smell the fresh air, Lady.

Oldflyer on May 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Flackcathcer, I am sure you know as well as I do, that no one who wears more than one star, or maybe two, if they are not pretty adept “spreading the grease in DC.” I would say that applies even to those who wear Marine Green.

That goes with the territory. You just hope that it is balanced by other attributes.

Oldflyer on May 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM

have the leftard blogs started hyperventilating about a Hillary/McRaven 2016 ticket yet?

thurman on May 23, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Video: Admiral McRaven’s top ten tips for college graduates

and don’t count on the military as a career because they’re RIFding even as we speak, and if you do don’t count on the VA to help you and if you do join the SEALs you may end up mysteriously dead.

Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan

Seriously, I can’t help but to envision this guy chasing “skirts” at a Tail Hook Convention.

The condensed version:

1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.

10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/05/22/fmr-navy-seal-commander-admiral-william-mcravens10-life-lessons-grads

Now tell us how to actually win wars against terrorists/guerrillas and why our government has been supplying arms and money to Al-Qaeda.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM

I’ll take this graduation speech..:)
PALIN TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADS: YOU ARE OUR HOPE, NOT ‘HOPEY CHANGEY BS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON’ (video)
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/05/22/Palin-To-High-School-Grads-You-Are-Our-Hope-Not-That-Hopey-Changey-BS-Coming-Out-Of-Washington

idesign on May 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Have you ever made a comment on this site that didn’t reference Palin?

bluegill on May 23, 2014 at 2:33 AM

My Dear Hotair friends,

I’m writing this from the Czech Republic while letting a young protege watch the video. He’s returning to the U.S., trained for the promotion which he recently received and happy as hell to have married the love of his life.

And I gotta yell at ya a little bit.

You are better than what you describe as “ADD”. You are better than a 10-point distillation of a 20-minute video. You have earned the right to hear some wisdom from someone who has lived his entire life by constantly accepting challenges. He has never taken the easy path.

You see, inside the 10 points are the stories of *why* each point is important. Making your bed is easy – living a life of doing every.little.thing.right. is hard. But there is an important lesson in that. Maybe if you can learn the discipline to make a bed perfectly when you are dog-tired, you can stay alert at work, or in Iraq.

Our predecessors didn’t build America by learning 10 points. They built America by learning and living the wisdom passed from the people who came before them. They built on that, made it better, and it culminated in one of the best societies is the world’s history.

It doesn’t matter that the good Admiral is Navy…

(BEAT ARMY!)

…he represents the best of what American ideals can create if we strive persistently and confidently. We all have that. And telling people publicly that your personal version of greatness cannot fit a 20 presentation is simply not good enough.

So suck it up, and watch the damn video.

BU

P.S. We called it “wet and sandy”. I never heard anyone called a “sugar cookie”. But, whatever.

Bigurn on May 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

I have a few Seal friends that will echo what the Admiral said, my friends say it’s 85% mental to get through the course. I think, wow, how tender the minds can be yet how tough some of them are.

mixplix on May 23, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Jaibones on May 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I don’t know of all the other leaders you listed-I did get to brief Adm Mullen once, but I had the honor of working for Adm McRaven for 7 months in Afghanistan. I am a retired USAF guy now, but, while over there, I would have run through a brick wall for that guy-truely an honorable man, and I am in awe of all the special operators I had the pleasure of serving with.

Static21 on May 23, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Bigurn on May 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

You do have to wonder, however, about a guy in top level military position who delivers what is essentially a pep talk to college kids while the leadership of his country has been taken over by a Left wing cabal.

Priorities, man.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Oldflyer on May 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

4 years, USMC, ’69 – ”73. E-5.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Good grief watch the video before commenting at least. I have friends whose kids were in that graduating class and are NOT liberals and said it was the best commencement speech they ever heard. I saw this posted the night he spoke on Facebook. It wasn’t political at all, so give it a rest. We don’t have to be judgmental and intolerant of everything a person on the other side of the political spectrum says do we? Don’t sink to the level of the libs.

txmomof6 on May 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

txmomof6 on May 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

No one has been critical of what he said in the commencement speech. It’s what he’s said prior to that that is being questioned.

“Smartest man in the room”? Leadership qualities of a 35 year military veteran? Give me a break.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Oldflyer on May 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Excellent point. For those who never served, do not presume you know what goes on in the military, or what it takes to make rank.

For those that did, remember that the higher you go up the chain, political correctness becomes the watchword. I served from Reagan to Clinton, and even under Reagan there was a certain level of political correctness required by senior personnel, enlisted as well as commissioned officers.

As the Admiral serves at the pleasure of the president, don’t be shocked when he doesn’t call him a dirty dog or whatever. He absolutely has that right but he’s not guaranteed zero consequences for those actions.

USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Ayn Rand gave a better commencement speech to the graduating class of West Point in 1974. Look it up.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Maybe they should feed at the govt. trough for a lifetime, like the good admiral. Oh wait, that’s service, I forgot.

cimbri on May 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Ok, and your point is what, exactly? There are many commencement speeches given every year. Some are horrid, and some aren’t. I personally don’t buy into the philosophy stuff which Rand speaks of. That doesn’t make her some awful creature, just someone who I don’t always agree with on everything. Her speech was presumably delivered well. I don’t know, I wasn’t there.

Admiral McRaven’s speech was simple and not intended to wax philosophical, yet he made points which are valid as well. His points are valid in the civilian world and are really common sense pointers to life.

In addition, Rand was speaking to future leaders of the military and McRaven was speaking at a civilian commencement. Two different audiences, two different speeches.

USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM

cimbri on May 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I must presume that is your attempt at humor, on some level. Because you are absolutely right. Serving your country as a career in the military is completely feeding at the government trough, just like welfare types and congress critters. I mean at any time, as a congress critter or welfare recipient, you can be called upon to sacrifice your life or take direct fire from the enemy (ok, so Hillary did; she’s an exception). /s

USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I wonder, given the point she was driving at in 1974, to a class of future military leaders, just what she would have thought of McRaven and his commencement address.

Personally, I think he exemplifies Rand’s point.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Interestingly, while as I stated those speeches are given to two different audiences, it is worth noting that our military leaders of the last decade or so would have come of age (meaning graduated around that time). In fact Admiral McRaven would have come out of UT around the 1976-1978 time frame. And it was about the late 1980′s or early 1990′s that the military began it’s slow crawl to political correctness. It would take about 15-20 years for those in the academies to get to senior leadership positions.

So from my perspective, those who were sitting back and listening to the words of the day, such as “philosophy” and such from commencement speakers like Rand are the ones who allowed the military to become neutered, to the extent it is today.

Again, I’m not saying her speech was awful. I don’t buy into the touchy-feely “sciences” such as philosophy (noting the ID, I operated nuclear reactors; I tend to buy into real sciences) as the answer to all things. Common sense, or “come in out of the rain” sense as my grandparents would say, is what is lacking in today’s world. Admiral McRaven’s speech was more of a common sense speech to motivate the next generation of leaders.

USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

It’s a good commencement speech. And it’s decent advice. (It could be distilled down from 10 points, imho, but I wasn’t asked to give the speech.)

I will say that I have a hard time trusting a man who thinks Obama is the smartest guy in the room. Or even one that says he is. But he has his credentials in certain areas, and I respect them.

Would be nice if I could watch the entire video. But auto-refresh interrupted. Oh well.

GWB on May 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

So from my perspective, those who were sitting back and listening to the words of the day, such as “philosophy” and such from commencement speakers like Rand are the ones who allowed the military to become neutered, to the extent it is today.
Again, I’m not saying her speech was awful. I don’t buy into the touchy-feely “sciences” such as philosophy (noting the ID, I operated nuclear reactors; I tend to buy into real sciences) as the answer to all things. Common sense, or “come in out of the rain” sense as my grandparents would say, is what is lacking in today’s world. Admiral McRaven’s speech was more of a common sense speech to motivate the next generation of leaders.
USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I would simply say that the Founders were steeped in philosophy. You cannot compartmentalize your thinking. You cannot be simply into philosophy and ignore science; neither can you ignore philosophy and focus solely on science.

That’s how we ended up with the Enlightenment.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I won’t necessarily disagree with you. I believe everything in moderation, would be accurate. Though I still believe that getting too wrapped up in philosophy, to the detriment of objective issues, can lead you astray.

Take a look at our current higher education system, then go to the doctor’s office and/or a major research or engineering firm. We produce huge numbers of philosophy majors, psychology majors, underwater basket weaving majors, etc. (We also produce more attorneys than everyone else, and speaking from personal experience, we have waaaaay to many of them.)

But when you go to the doctor’s office or that engineering firm, you find chinese, indian, european, etc., doctors, engineers, etc. Why? Because they are still emphasizing concrete studies in those countries.

We are failing due to our own education system letting us down. And in my opinion it is because we allowed liberals into the education system, pushing these ridiculous degrees (BLT studies or whatever they call it, philosophical research, african studies, etc.). And now we act shocked when our kids come out wanting to vote for guys like the current TOTUS.

And by allowed, I mean we as conservatives played the typical “let them come in and try to convince the students by logic and reason” card, not realizing they don’t play by the same set of rules. They mock, ridicule, tear down, destroy, and in any way they can, trivialize a conservative point of view. Eventually they became the majority and here we are.

USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

And by allowed, I mean we as conservatives played the typical “let them come in and try to convince the students by logic and reason” card, not realizing they don’t play by the same set of rules. They mock, ridicule, tear down, destroy, and in any way they can, trivialize a conservative point of view. Eventually they became the majority and here we are.
USNCVN on May 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I hear you, USNCVN. But you have to realize that your saying “they don’t play by the same set of rules” is the same as me saying that they operate by a different philosophy.

Remember, Conservatism IS a philosophy, that is, a worldview.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Oldflyer on May 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM
4 years, USMC, ’69 – ”73. E-5.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM

“Smartest man in the room”? Leadership qualities of a 35 year military veteran? Give me a break.

Cleombrotus on May 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Amen and amen.

For the knee-jerk defenders of every military utterance, take a pill. I make two simple points – that the DC brass is littered with assholes whose best interests are their own careers (in DC), and that McRaven’s praise of Obama is based in either dishonesty or leftist stupidity. I do not accept that any other conclusion is feasible. If you do, I welcome your comments to that effect.

Please … share.

Jaibones on May 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Static21

I don’t know of all the other leaders you listed-I did get to brief Adm Mullen once, but I had the honor of working for Adm McRaven for 7 months in Afghanistan. I am a retired USAF guy now, but, while over there, I would have run through a brick wall for that guy-truely an honorable man, and I am in awe of all the special operators I had the pleasure of serving with.

Good on you. I suspect this says more about you than McRaven, but either way – bravo.

Jaibones on May 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maybe I’m not the age range target for this speech, but I found it to be a nauseating collection of cliches.

Judge someone by the size of their heart. What does that mean? Some of the biggest hearted people in the world are wholly incompetent.

Don’t back down from the sharks. Hmmm. Have you ever seen what those great whites do to seals (Marine Mammal Conference) off Shark Island? Sometimes retreating is the bravest thing you can do.

Start off by making your bed. Shall we go see how well the Taliban or Al Qaeda make their beds? I’m betting they’d don’t get a rip about bed making. I get the underlying point: Do the small stuff right, but I also remember “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Like I said, cliches.

dreadnought62 on May 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Like I said, cliches.

dreadnought62 on May 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Bingo.

Jaibones on May 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Like I said, cliches.

dreadnought62 on May 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Cliches become clichés because they generally are very simple expressions of a complex concept that are easy for people to remember and are usually true. Examples that ring true in today’s political environment: “Actions speak louder than words” or “All that glitters is not gold” or “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”

txmomof6 on May 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM