Managing editor Jack Murphy (former 75th Ranger and Green Beret) and I work very hard at keeping SOFREP apolitical for a reason. We feel that it helps maintain a balanced viewpoint and keep the site’s integrity with regards to representing the Special Operations community. This is very hard, trust me.
I’ve had a ton of emails and comments via social media lately about my best friend Glen, and his encounter with Mitt Romney. I was there with him that night we both met Mitt Romney. We were at our friend Dee and Susan’s Christmas party, and I was standing side-by-side with Glen during the engagement. So you’re getting it from the horse’s mouth.
Two things Glen would want in this situation, in my opinion:
1. That both political parties not latch onto his and Ty’s heroic deaths for personal political gain.
2. To be seen as the great and respectful human being he was. Glen would not want to give the impression that he was bashing Mitt Romney after the two of us encountered him.
Below is the quote I gave to ABC News earlier today. Hopefully this sheds some light on the situation.
“Glen and I were both celebrating the holidays at our friends’ place and after grabbing a cold beer, we both bumped into Mitt Romney. We knew Mitt had the house next door… but were still surprised to see him,” said Brandon Webb, a former SEAL teammate of Glen Doherty and managing editor of SOFREP.com. “Mitt and his wife introduced themselves and Glen joked with him about his lack of personal security. Then Glen and I both gave him a hard time when he re-introduced himself to us a second time. Mitt took it well and we all had a good laugh about it. “
“Glen was very respectful about our encounter with Mitt Romney. That was the kind of guy Glen was. He respected everyone regardless of their differences and that’s what made him such a great human being,” he said
Update: Video of Glen’s Sister Kate on CNN
I think Glen would agree with me that you can’t promote diplomacy with a big stick and a huge security footprint. Benghazi was high threat, Glen knew this, we talked about Libya and the threat risk. Glen volunteered for this post, he could have rotated to a less risky posting but he chose to go to Libya, a big reason was to see his friend Ty. This is the stuff heroes are made of, heroes answer the call when it comes. Glen and Ty answered the call to go to Libya, and a second call, in Benghazi, to save fellow American lives.
Any organization can use some improvement including the Department of State however, bad things happen in the world, heroes die, and hindsight is 20-20.
Thanks for all your support. You, the SOFREP readership, are what make this such a great site. Me and the guys appreciate it.
Glen’s foundation is here and I know his family appreciates all the support we can give right now. The PayPal button should be active very soon. Please share my best friend’s foundation link and this post.
Main photo: Author’s private collection. Glen is front row, third from left. This picture really captured his spirit in my opinion. -BW
@adamlewton Great tune. Probably played it a dozen times the day I posted this. The game looks pretty good too. I'm not the happiest with the handling of Project Honor but that's different discussion in a different thread. Played the beta for a bit when it was out. Seems promising.
@BoydCrowder @JHR It definitely toughens you up. Either that, or you just lay down and call it quits. I've also heard it builds character - not sure any of us need that much character building. "Stop by anytime." Thanks man, I'd love to.
@CJCJ @JHR Man, you nailed that one. Although I never acknowledged it publicly, when you're the local black belt karate school owern in a tiny town, you get to hear lots of whispers as you walk through the high school football stadium on a friday night: "Grandpa, that's my karate instructor, he can break 5 boards with a sidekick." You can't help but have that stoke your ego although you pretend you didn't hear it. lol Then to go from that kind of recognition, to just wanting to slip by without being noticed by anyone is an ego-buster for sure. Through the whole ordeal I learned that what I thought was level 10 pain, is only about 3. There's lots more above what ya thought was possible. In an odd way, that toughens ya up. Stop by any time.
@BoydCrowder @JHR I'm not sure which is harder, the mental or the physical adjustment. Pain can be a great teacher. My mind sometimes writes checks my body can't cash, but then I was never the sharpest pencil on the desk. Lubbock is a bit out of the way, but if I'm ever headed that way my guess is that I'll need a car wash, a good meal, and something wet to wash it down. If you're available, it'll definitely be on me and we can swap some "Fliar" stories. (In case you haven't heard the term, "Fliar" is a term of art some use to describe "overly exaggerated" pilot stories.)
@CJCJ @JHR I had the Red Baron Car Washes in Lubbock and Idalou, Tx. Sold the last 1 a year ago. I didn't always laugh about my leg. When I was a shiny new amputee I was in a confrontation once a week because I thought people were staring. Funny thing is, my right arm was in a cast from hand to mid-bicep back then, and brand new on a prosthetic leg, so my brain knew I couldn't whip myself out of a wet paper bag. But my heart took great offense at the guy mocking the way I limped and my heart still saw me as a 2nd degree black belt. Luckily the 3 guys on 3 separate occassions who mocked my limp, could easily get away from me, and they chose to:-) Lucky for me, not them. Eventually I realized that if I didn't look to see if people were staring, they weren't. Life got a lot easier then.