By now most you will have heard of "No Easy Day", the account by former US Navy SEAL "Mark Owen"( as Matt Bissonette coyly terms himself- his photograph and name have already appeared on jihadist websites with threats of retaliation for his and his fellow SEALs "murder of the martyr Sheikh Osama") of the raid on the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound of AQ leader and founder Osama Bin Laden on May 1/2 2011.
I admit I have not yet read anything more than excerpts from "No Easy Day", but as I am no stranger to the hero worship of Special Forces personnel( British, Israeli as well as US), I must confess to a certain discomfort when Owens/Bissonette exults over the killing of OBL( who seems to have been unarmed at the time and contrary to claims at the time by White House/Pentagon spin doctors, he did NOT try to use one of his wives as a"human shield")- "this guy was a pussy!"- although he remains coy as to whether he actually single-handedly "took out" OBL.
I am also troubled not so much by the fact that SEALs killed Bin laden and made no attempt to bring him back to the US for trial- as I noted back in May on the first anniversary of hte Abbottabad raid, the prospect of OBL appearing in a US court was never very strong- soldiers are not policemen- least of Special Forces ( SAS/SBS, Delta Force, Recon Marines, Navy SEALs);when you send them out, they don't usually return with their enemy in handcuffs- as to the disingenousness of official statements and Mr Bissonette's evident dislike of Barack Obama- like it or not whatever his private political views, Obama, like Bush before him was his Commander in Chief. Whether his reelection campaign made much of their killing of America's most hated foe in 2012 was "above their pay grade" as I believe the American saying runs- fighting men fight and leave the politics to the politicians as they should.
Anybody think as I do?