The retired Navy SEAL founder of the political action committee Special Operations Speaks, a group of veterans sharply critical of President Barack Obama's treatment of the military, acknowledged that he doesn't believe the president was born in the U.S.
"I have to admit that I'm a birther," Larry Bailey told Foreign Policy magazine in an interview published Friday. "If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is."
Special Operations Speaks is separate from -- but has similar views to -- the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, the group of former military and intelligence community members that this week released a scathing 22-minute film demanding an end to national security leaks and accusing Obama of taking undue credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Bailey, a 27-year veteran of the SEALs, told Foreign Policy he also does not believe Obama's real father was Barack Obama Sr. but subscribes to the theory that it was the late communist journalist Frank Marshall Davis.
"In his books, Obama said his mentor was a fellow named Frank Marshall Davis. Frank Marshall Davis was a member of Communist Party USA, he wrote for the communist party's Hawaii newsletter, he was a close friend of Obama's mother, and there's a strong case that Frank Marshall Davis rather than Barack Obama, Sr. was Barack Obama, Jr.'s father and that Barack Obama, Sr. was just an administrative father of convenience," Bailey said.
Though Special Operations Speaks' website states its goals are to expose the "failed operational security environment" Obama has presided over and to "restore accountability in government," Bailey acknowledged part of his motivation has to do with his extreme dislike of and disagreement with the president.
He called the president's views "the very antithesis of my beliefs" and said Obama is "one of the most unlikeable and unprepared politicians we've ever had."
"I don't like him because he believes that America is responsible for most of the problems in the world and he wants to cut her down to size," Bailey said. "The Obama administration and the liberal progressive path that our country is going down is going to be nothing less than disastrous for our civilization."