there are navy seals who are on active duty.
there are navy seals who are on non-active duty, or rosters, or lists, ... , depending upon statutory definition.
there are no persons as "ex-navy seals," as a practical matter, simply because the skill sets possessed by navy seals make them "essential assets," and perpetually subject to a legal obligation to the call of duty, depending upon the needs of the u.s. department of defense, and other pertinent agencies with authority to invoke the statutes. i would assume these duties might be terminable by physical and mental infirmity, or death, but it would require something along those lines to do it.
you can look it up. i have. i don't feel like spoon feeding anyone tonight.
the point is this.
the two navy seals killed along with ambassador chris stevens and his aide at benghazi, were not "ex-seals," or "private security" guys, or "mercenaries."
they were navy seals, and not adventurers or privateers, or anything like that.
not being located where they were. not at that time. not at that place. it was no accident they were there, and it was no accident that they answered the call of duty placed upon them, and it was no accident they joined battle to try and protect american diplomatic personnel, to include the ambassador. (it is something of a historical accident of tragic dimension that such men are subject to the beck and call of their lessers, in every respect that i can imagine.)
they were navy seals abandoned by the obama administration, abandoned by the central intelligence administration, abandoned by the department of defense and by the department of the navy, abandoned by the department of state, abandoned to their deaths as navy seals in the performance of their duty.
these two men were navy seals. doing their duty.
how did abraham lincoln put it?
yes, these were men who "gave the last full measure" of their devotion to the country they so ably served, to be abandoned upon the battlefield by the cowards, scallywags and buffoons they served.
simply put, a monumental tragedy.
i shall remain devoted to trying to redress this, as best i can. i do not forget.
john jay @ 11.21.2012