McPartlin is impressed by the attitudes of the men who have returned from Afghanistan. "They are real upbeat. They don't want to come back -- that is, they don't want to come back until the job is done. This thing is far from over. What would you think if you heard that bin Laden was killed last night? Most people would think it was over. That's the mentality. We made a mistake during Desert Storm. We let the media film the 'Highway of Death,' and everyone got all soft in the gut and we didn't finish the job. I don't think the guys in charge now will make the same mistake."
One of McPartlin's favorite stories about the war in Afghanistan happened around Thanksgiving. "Some SEALs were being interviewed on CNN and were asked where they wanted to be for the holidays. One of them said, 'I hope we're at McP's Irish Pub in Coronado, California.' Friends from the East Coast started calling me and telling me that we're all over the news. So I called the public affairs officer and told him, 'Stop calling attention to my bar. I do not want the al Qaeda and Taliban hanging out here!' He laughs. "She was laughing and told me that she was expecting a call from me.
"I'm very proud of our special forces. You gotta realize that these guys have trained for years and years and years, and now they get to do their job. Now they're on the varsity team and they're in the ball game. They do not need to be second-guessed by armchair quarterbacks. Fortunately, in Vietnam, we didn't have that. We had a lot of cameras but not live video being shown back here. In Vietnam, the soldiers got criticized because we didn't know it was the higher echelon that had us fight with one hand behind our back. You have to understand, our military never lost a battle in Vietnam. The government gave up. Do not criticize our military."