I'm referring, of course, to the same thing Edgar started this thread about. I am certainly not
referring to loony suggestions that bin Laden was dead prior to the US mission and that the US assertion that a Navy SEAL team killed him is a lie " like 9-11 or the jfk assassination investigation."
I am referring to your comment that one or more SEALS are wearing “glorified smiles” about the killing of bin Laden.
I am referring to your suggestion that these smiles are going to get “them” killed.
I am referring to your suggestion that someone is bragging about killing bin Laden.
I don’t know who your nutty linked sources think “The Shooter” is, and I don’t really care.
Despite the Christian Monitor’s fallacious headline in an article Edgar didn’t bother to provide us with a link to, Robert O’Neill hasn’t backed off claiming that he was the SEAL who fired the fatal shot. In their article The Monitor cites O’Neill as saying that “it doesn’t matter” who shot bin Laden and
"The most important thing that I've learned in the last two years is to me it doesn't matter anymore if I am 'The Shooter.' The team got him,"
How anyone can determine this is him backing off his claim is beyond me, and anyone who has watched the two part FOX special or heard O’Neill’s recent interviews will know he certainly hasn’t “backed off.”
I’ve read and heard enough to believe him, and I don’t think the criticism of him, internal to the SEALs, would be confined to him talking about it the raid if he clearing had not shot the target.
In any case, if you had watched the special or listened to the interviews you would not have seen a “glorified smile” or heard bragging. I’m left to wonder where you have come up with the contrary notion. O’Neill repeatedly indicated that it was luck as much as anything else that had him facing bin Laden that night, and that every one of his team members was equally capable of firing the final shot. He even went so far as to say that during the years since the raid he often thought about whether killing bin Laden was the greatest or worst thing he had ever done. Doesn’t sound like bragging to me.
I also referred to the actual bragging of President Obama and the Democrats over the killing. Did you find that as distasteful as the imaginary bragging of Robert O’Neill?
I don’t know why O’Neill decided to come out and reveal that he shot bin Laden. I know that he explained that he felt it was necessary to humanize the mission and its members to provide 9/11 families with closure. I understand that he was not paid by FOX and that, currently, he doesn’t have a book in the works, but an effort to make some money could be part of his reason.
Given the ethos of the SEALS, I can understand why some may not be happy with O’Neill. There was nothing I heard that I thought might be classified information and I think any suggestion that the Feds might go after him for that is pretty weak. Considering how much the White House vomited up immediately after the event and how much they gave to the movie company working a film of the matter, I think they would be opening a huge can of worms for themselves if they pursued O’Neill on some technicality. I do get that part of being a SEAL though is not talking about the things they do, and it does seem clear that he violated that rule. I think his reasons are far more complex than cynical edger suggests, but if we find him making 6 figure book or movie deals in the future, I will have been proven wrong.
Finally, it appeared that you were suggesting that Islamist terrorists would kill O’Neill because he bragged about being the shooter. I wanted to confirm this was the case. You still haven’t done so, but I will assume you have.
Obviously it’s possible that he might be the target of a revenge plot by al Qaida, but I seriously doubt that al Qaida has the wherewithal to carry out the sort of mission necessary to find and kill an ex-Navy SEAL. If it was no mean feat, we would have experienced a whole lot of terrorist attacks on our soil since al Qaida was routed in Afghanistan, their top level members picked off by drones and bin Laden was taken down and dumped in the ocean by American special forces. If they are currently focusing all of their minds and resources on another direct strike against the US, I seriously doubt they will waste the effort on killing one man, and a man who will not be an easy target. SEALs aren’t supermen and faced with a large group of enemies intent on killing him, O’Neill would probably be killed, but imagine how such an attempt would backfire in the face of al Qaida if they couldn’t pull it off and O’Neill came out victorious against his attackers. There’s little to no percentage in a mission to kill O’Neill. I’m sure he remains vigilant but I very much doubt he’s flinching at every movement.
Besides, as Obama and his supporters keep telling us “Osama is dead and al Qaida is on the run.” How does a group so thoroughly decimated through the good works of our president pose a threat to anyone, let alone an ex-SEAL in Montana?