...Robert O’ Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama bin Laden offered some brutal advice for rising 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg.
...My advice for @PeteButtigieg … Stop playing war hero. You’re gonna get called out.
...Mr. Buttigieg skipped all that-no obstacle courses, no weapons training, no evaluation of his ability or willingness to lead. Paperwork, a health exam and a background check were all it took to make him a naval officer.
...During a November debate, Mr. Buttigieg proclaimed: "I have the experience of being commanded into a war zone by an American president." The reality isn't so grandiose.
...Mr. Buttigieg has just started his time in a war he says he's idealistic about, but he daydreams about John Kerry protesting Vietnam after he got back.
...Mr. Buttigieg spent some five months in Afghanistan, where he writes that he remained less busy than he'd been at City Hall, with "More time for reflection and reading than I was used to back home." He writes that he would take "a laptop and a cigar up to the roof at midnight to pick up a Wi-Fi signal and patch via Skype into a staff meeting at home." The closest he came to combat was ferrying other staffers around in an SUV: In his campaign kickoff speech last April he referred to "119 trips I took outside the wire, driving or guarding a vehicle." That's a strange thing to count.
...Candidate Buttigieg takes every opportunity to lean in on those months in Afghanistan.
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