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Couldn't help it. I ordered this from Amazon and read it in one sitting.

I know there's a lot of controversy about whether or not the author should have written this book, given his position as a member of "SEAL Team 6".I've known just a couple of spec ops guys, (neither of them were SEALs) and they certainly weren't the kiss and tell types. But in this instance, with this mission, and given just how it was told, I'm not so sure that the publication of this book was a bad thing.

I found nothing in this book that jumped out as anything that would be considered classified. A lot of the info had already been reported by the media via White House Press Releases. Hell, he didn't even mention that the choppers they used to infil were "stealth" choppers, although that was common knowledge which even the White House verified.

The author denies that it was a kill mission...he states they were told to bring Bin Laden back if offered no resistance. But the tone of the book makes it pretty clear (to me, anyway) that nobody had any intention of doing that. To borrow a phrase from Martha Stewart, "...and that's a good thing." At least as far as I'm concerned. For instance, he relates speaking to the CIA operative who was primarily responsible for locating OBL prior to the mission. He asks her if she wanted to see the body when they got back. She backed away from that, and the author told that she needed to...she just spent five years tracking him down.

I wonder if it's the fact that the book confirms that OBL was unarmed when he was killed (and that upon entering the room, a couple of other operators put a few more rounds through his twitching body to make sure) that bothers Washington so much. From what I understand, that has been standard practice for these kind of teams since at least when the SAS hit the Iranian embassy in London way back when. As each operator came in, if they came across a downed terrorist, they'd put a couple of rounds in them to make sure they wouldn't get up and back shoot them after they passed.

I know that the DOD and Spec Ops community may be worried that if they don't clip this guys wings, other books may be written that would contain info that could cause harm to our guys. I don't know. But this cat, if there is one, is already out of the bag, and a large portion of it was released by the White House itself.
 

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I find the hypocrisy of the WH releasing "We got him" notices, details, bragging and practically sending bulk mail out about it, while complaining that someone else might be revealing secrets, to be gag-worthy.
 

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IrishCop,

it was a LEAKER from the Obama WH that DID expose secret/top secret info for temporary political advantage.
(that guy should have been PROSECUTED/imprisoned to the fullest extent of the applicable laws.)

yours, sw
 

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I probably would have administered a couple of insurance rounds too, just because.
 

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I just got the book and will start it tonight.

After watching him on 60 minutes my opinion was that he's a straight shooter... pun intended.
 

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what part of BRING ME THE HEAD OF BIN LADEN did you not understand? just like in the old days( vn) visual confirmation is an absolute necessity- i know it sounds gross, but amongst certain circles it's still done-what i was surprised at was the operative was a woman
 

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I have absolutely NO issue with the White House releasing information about this; this is a big deal for America. There are a lot of people who lost loved ones or friends on 9/11, myself included. I worked in Tower 1 (floors 7, 10, & 110) just two months before they came down, and made several friends at BofA while there. Now maybe I haven’t been following things close enough, but I haven’t seen anything inappropriate released by the White House or this particular team member.

Since OBL was killed, there was no way they were going to keep this under wraps, so going public was the right thing to do.

Now with that said, the D.O.D. has a serious problem. The people of Seal Team 6 stand to make a lot of money haven been members during extremely high profile raids; and it doesn’t get more high profile than this. This book sets this former team member up for life, and others will be awfully tempted to do the same in the future. I can’t say that I wouldn’t have done the same thing were I in his shoes.
 

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on the other hand marcinko got thrown in prison for a "goodly length of time" for supposedly reavealing what were deemed to be "SEAL" secrets at the time; i wonder if the powers that be would be so harsh now
 

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Since OBL was killed, there was no way they were going to keep this under wraps, so going public was the right thing to do.
I think the furor over Zero's regime leaking sources and methods is occurring mostly because it resulted in this.

And, it's an election year...

Nevertheless, some things just don't need to be in the public domain...
 

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No, there was no way to keep it under wraps for long, but it is a sign of either a) venality, that they'd crow it up for political gain, or b) lack of leadership/self-restraint, that on-one could say "shut the frak up until it is time to speak" and expect it to stay quiet.

Yes, word would get out. But with a little discipline, the intel gathered could be used, fast, before it became clear OBL had "left the building".

That opportunity was wasted. Wait, a third possibility; that those in charge could not comprehend the idea of "use what we've found before the bad guys wise up"
 

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I just got the book and will start it tonight.

After watching him on 60 minutes my opinion was that he's a straight shooter... pun intended.
I saw 60 Minutes too, Charlie. I concur. I personally hope the young man escapes unscathed, which I think he will. I believe that charges would already have been filed if they were going to be. They knew this book was coming for a while.
 

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Now with that said, the D.O.D. has a serious problem. The people of Seal Team 6 stand to make a lot of money haven been members during extremely high profile raids; and it doesn't get more high profile than this. This book sets this former team member up for life, and others will be awfully tempted to do the same in the future. I can't say that I wouldn't have done the same thing were I in his shoes.
Set up for life? Maybe, maybe not, Kevin. The author has indicated that he is donating most of the profits to charities that benefit the families of fallen SEALs.

But like you, I may have just as well have written about it too if I had been there.
 

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Well, I just obtained my copy of No Easy Day today, so I will find out what the hub-bub is all about as soon as I finish Andrew Nagorski's Hitlerland.:D
 

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I don't know how long the raid could have been kept quiet, but Obama should have waited as long as he could, because all the secrets the took from the house were useless once it was know. And the worst part of the WH revealing the secrets was, that the guy who helped us find OBL landed in jail.
 
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