It is never good when, in a democracy, retired members of the military presume to put themselves back into service.
But it was that or the horror of seeing their friends and allies lynched.
It was this cautious, careful operation, by all indications undertaken with fear and trembling, or definitive dishonor.
America today is under the shadow of this self-inflicted Saigon, this botched Dunkirk, this deep humiliation. But there are also these moments of brotherhood that make you wonder whether you’re in a Kathryn Bigelow film, or a Netflix series on the Navy Seals, or that you’re standing next to Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne; but that’s not the case! This is real life; these are everyday heroes who simply decided, out of conscience, not to let the trap door close on obscurantism and crime.
These heroes have lent, to speak like the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé, a “purer meaning” to the principles of “empathy” and “service,” which are those of the great American “tribe,” Democrats and Republicans alike.
— Bernard Henry-Levy in American Honor