Framing the Dialogue

No Easy Day

I had not planned on reading the “firsthand account of hte mission that killed Osama Bin Laden (UBL),” but there has been so much writhing and hand-wringing and threats and whining I thought that I’d weigh in and give the former Navy SEAL some of my hard EARNED money. No Easy Day, first off, is an extremely well written book that grabbed me and forced me to read it in about a day.  One may want to give credit to the co-author, Kevin Maurer, but I have to remember that to be a SEAL doesn’t just mean that you are good at killing people.  These young men are the best of the best and then the best of those are chosen to be special operations forces.  Mark Owen (a psuedonym – he has since been outed, but I won’t do that) shares some of his other missions leading to UBL’s untimely death (it should have been many years before).

If your are a fan of UBL you probably won’t like No Easy Day very much.  The ending might be particularly hard for you.  Owen says that he wanted to set the record straight about the mission and the men.  He was concerned first that SEAL Team 6 was outed by the Obama Administration and that many of the details were incorrect.  I had wondered about how they found UBL (efforts predated BHO in office) and what they did with/to the wrecked chopper.  This American appreciated that Owen set the record straight and I hope that he make a boat load of money off of the book.  Oh that’s right he is donating a majority of the proceeds to several charities that help the families of fallen Navy SEALS.  He further honors their service by listing their names in the book.

A recurring theme in the books is how our politicians are making it harder and harder for our militiary to do their jobs;

“Everything in Afghanistan was getting harder.  It seemed with every rotation we had new requirements or restrictions.  It took pages of PowerPoint slides to get a mission approved.  Lawyers and staff officers pored over the details on each page, making sure our plan was acceptable to the Afghan government.  We noticed that there were fewer assaulters on missions and more ‘straphangers,” each of whom performed a very limited duty.  We now took conventional Army soldiers with us on operation as observers so they could refute any false accusations.”

Perhaps President Obama could get off of the campaign soapbox and thank Mark Owen rather than having his Secretary of Defense threaten him Just a thought.

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