Excerpts from SEAL's book about Osama bin Laden killing
August 30th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

Excerpts from SEAL's book about Osama bin Laden killing

Larry Shaughnessy

The new book by former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, published under the pseudonym Mark Owen, has some eye-opening, sometimes amusing details about the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

"No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden" goes step by step through the SEAL team's training and practicing for the attack, the assault itself and the aftermath.

One might find it odd that in the midst of one of the most important Special Operations missions ever, most of these elite warriors weren't exactly pumped up on the flight to bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

"I think most of the guys on the helicopter actually caught some much-needed sleep on the ride in. ... All the hype was gone and it was just another night at work for us."

But that sleepy helicopter ride quickly turned bad.

"Suddenly, the helicopter kicked to the right 90 degrees and I could feel my stomach drop like riding a roller-coaster. The rotors above me screamed as the Black Hawk tried to claw its way back into the air. With each second, the helicopter slipped closer toward the earth."

The helicopter crash-landed in the bin Laden compound but the tail rotor hung over the wall outside the compound. No one on the helicopter was hurt and they quickly got to work on the main mission.

Obviously the killing of bin Laden is what is drawing the most attention to the book. Bissonnette wrote about his concerns that bin Laden would put up a fight.

""Roughly 15 minutes had passed and bin Laden had plenty of time to strap on a suicide vest or simply get his gun."

Bin Laden was not wearing a vest when he died. His two guns, according to Bissonnette, were on a shelf in his bedroom, apparently untouched.

After the helicopter crash and a hard fight to get through the compound's defenses, Bissonnette and several other SEALS were near the top floor of the compound, where intelligence predicted Osama bin Laden would be.

"We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots.
"BOP. BOP.
"The point man had seen a man peeking out of the door on the right side of the hallway about 10 feet in front of him. I couldn't tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room."

The man who peeked out the door had been shot, but was still moving when the SEALs entered the room. Bissonnette described the end.

"In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless."

But there was still the question of whom they had killed. One of Bissonnette's roles was photographing the body.

"It was strange to see such an infamous face up close. Lying in front of me was the reason we had been fighting for the last decade. It was surreal trying to clean blood off the most wanted man in the world so that I could shoot his photo. I had to focus on the mission, right now we needed some good quality photos."

One of his fellow SEALs, a self-taught Arabic speaker he called Will, tried another way to confirm the dead man's identity. (Bissonnette used only false first names for the team members.)

"Will knelt down and asked the girls, 'Who is the man?'
The girl didn't know to lie.
'Osama bin Laden.'
Will smiled.
'Are you sure that is Osama bin Laden?'
'Yes,' the girl said."

Jay, one of the team's leaders, came into the room, looked at the body and heard that the girl and, later, one of the wives, had said it was bin Laden.

He stepped outside and used a satellite phone to call Adm. William McRaven, the Navy officer overseeing the mission.

"'For God and country, I pass Geronimo,' Jay said. Geronimo E.K.I.A.' "

That was code for telling McRaven the team had killed Osama bin Laden.

Later, after they returned to Afghanistan, Bissonnette sought out the pilot of the helicopter that crashed. It was a man he called Teddy.

"I intercepted him as he walked into the hangar and gave him a crush bear hug," Bissonnette wrote. "I know for a fact he kept the mission on track by ditching the way he did. Everybody focused on who pulled the trigger. One wrong move and we all would have been in a pile of debris in the courtyard. Teddy saved all our lives."

After he finally returned home with his fellow SEALs, Bissonnette and the rest of the team were called into a meeting with Jay, their leader.

"There was concern at the command level about all the leaks revolving around the raid.
'It is imperative that we stay out of the media,' Jay said. 'Let's all make sure we're keeping a low profile.' "

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    September 20, 2012 at 2:57 am | Reply
  2. Ardi

    The two comments meotnnied address different issues. Yes, the one about the blacks will rise up and take over and we will become a Muslim country is a racists comment and should be addressed as such. You have gotten good advice on how to handle that.However, the second about a lot of babies will die is in response to Obama being the most pro-abortion president in history. His policies will have a direct impact on children yet born, including minority children (which are targeted by Planned Parenthood, BTW). Just because someone is concerned about such policies does not mean they are implicitly racisit.I got very weary of being covertly labeled a racisit by media, friends and African Americans beacause I did not support Obama politically.Just as we have an obligation to teach our children about racism we also have an obligation to teach them not to label everything as racisim. One can absolutely dissagree on moral and political issues that have nothing to do with a candidates skin color and everything to do with their character.

    September 13, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  3. Eagle Two

    The Navy Seal Team executed the mission the way they were trained to and they did it to the best of their ability. This nation own them and well as everyone who has contributed to thisigreat event as well as everyone who came before them, clearing the way and learning from our past failures like Desert One. Our greatest enemies are irresponsible news med0ai and our irresponsible politicians. As soon as the White House and NSA started makeing the rounds giving interviews and briefing about the mission they (White House and NSA) in fact declassified this by putting the details in the public domain. These irresponsible civilian politicians are the ones who should be charged, pay hefty fines and possibly do jail time.
    Colonel
    Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Special Operations-Low Intensity Conflict

    September 11, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Pamela Carter

      Even though I agree with you, IF you are, indeed, a Colonel in the DoD you should have gotten someone to proofread your post. For a colonel in the DoD should be better educated and be able to post comments with better grammar etc. I think the Seal Team did a superb job and should be commended for it. Maybe killing OBL was the right thing to do, however, a lot of people are curious as to what he would have had to say in court. But, oh well, now he isn't costing tax payers any money being housed in a military prison. I hope the fishes are feeding on his carcass.

      September 12, 2012 at 2:06 am | Reply
  4. Rich

    Buy the book..............The guys a hero........And also tells the truth which is rare.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
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    September 9, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
  6. netglobal

    Osama dead – GM alive!

    September 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  7. squeeky

    please do not buy the book. The guy is looking for fame and fortune, They were on a mission to kill. Mission accomplished . This guy is a jerk. we will see more of him for sure.

    September 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Kingzombii

      Squeeky, Your the reason this country is too Soft, He is a hero and I want to know every detail Of Bin Laden's Death. If you can't figure that out then put your head in the sand or where the sun don't shine, Your an Idiot! He deserves some money, they don't pay any of our soldiers nearly enough for what they do.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Mountains Nurse

      You should be so brave and loyal...keep your mouth quiet about heros.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • biorsel

      What part of "All the proceed from the book will go to our fallen warriors' family" that you don't understand?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  8. Infidel

    Hey Saeed, I do a little victory dance everytime a Palestinian home is bulldozed, or a rocket launching hamas terrorist gets slaughtered. Also, the Syrian civil war is pure popcorn for me, two sides, of which I both hate, killing each other – for 24/7 round the clock entertainment of muzzies getting killed it cant be beaten. Keep at it muslims, keep showing the rest of the world what your religion of peace is really all about and keep killing each other like you've been doing since time began – I'm never stuck for entertainment. :)

    UK Patriot

    September 6, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
  9. Steve

    Why are conservatives bad mouthing the military? Why are Liberals defending the military? It is because that is reality and Conservatives hate reality.

    September 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • HAnk

      LOL... the military is mostly conservative and conservatives love the military. You are delusional.

      September 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • duckforcover

      The military is supposed to stay out of politics but they are continually sucked in by self-centered politicians from both sides. Sad but true.

      September 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  10. thebeast

    I mean it's all over so lets here the good yarn...

    September 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  11. Tully

    "The helicopter crash-landed in the Bin Laden compound..." and nobody heard it? What a joke!

    September 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • some guy

      For 15 mins there were unidentified helicopters about less than a mile away and then there was gunfire and still no response from the Pakistani Military Base. The guy who tweeted heard and saw the entire thing and the military base did not notice. Either some Pakistani senior commanding general was paid to look the other way, or the Pakistan Military is even worse of than some Sub Saharan drugged up child militia in Africa. they were there for 30 Mins. Std military response times around the world by Quick Reaction Teams(QRT or QRF) is two minutes. and they are about a truck load of troops armed with atleast one mounted machine gun, which could do major damage to helicopters.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • ChcgoRealst

        You'd better believe Pakistan knew all about it.

        September 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  12. CA David

    Not good for the SEAL Community to raise their profile by releasing a book in middle of political season. Tarnishing good reputation of many and SEALs want to and need to remain low profile. Someone must have big ego.

    September 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • craig Adams

      Pathetic that this book was ever written-secrets are secrets- I will NEVER buy it.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • American Girl

        I agree. This book is a disgrace to the military; specifically the Navy SEALS. I can't believe this guy was part of such an elite group of men. The media: They need to shut up. Unless they plan on suiting up and going into battle, they have no reason to criticize those who do. Shut the hell up and let them do their damn job.

        September 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  13. reality check

    This BS is a political boondoggle designed by the current administation to pump some adrenalin into their anemic campaign and divert attention away from the issues that really matter to folks interested and focused on globally improving quality of life.

    September 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Freespirit

      I doubt this administration wants this book published for political purposes. For one thing, stating that Bin Ladin was unarmed is not really a good thing. It was better for us to believe he was armed and ready to kill when he was shot.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Grospiton

      Hey, the name "reality check" is meant to be ironic, right?

      September 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  14. RA

    How is this leak any different than the wikileaks soldier?

    September 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • geckopelli

      There's and election in a month, and the publisher stands to make $50,000,000.

      That's the difference.

      September 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • JDavis

      This is a soldier who put a bullet into bin Laden. No matter what you think of him, you can't put him in jail for telling his story. Not unless he's lying about it.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  15. Robj

    Are you sure that the SEAL did it?
    Obama and his people have advertised to the press and everyone who wanted to hear that Obama was the one who single-handedly planned, and executed the entire mission by himself. Obama actually helicoptered in Abbottabad and then gave Osama the fatal shot himself.
    Are you sure that you have the information correctly??????

    September 3, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Marine4Life

      The President nor the media said that he personally killed bin Laden. But in case you are unaware of how the military works, Seals, Special Forces, Marine Recon, heck even a private who works in the galley, cannot go anywhere or do any of their missions in other countries without direction from the President.

      September 3, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
      • c

        The President of the United State's of Americas name is Barack Obama, whether this Seal likes it or not-. I like hear why he doesn't like the President. What did Barack Obama do to him except help him make a few bucks from this very convoluted egotistical diatribe.

        September 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Who Dey

      Your an idiot..............

      September 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • Alanis

        Oh, irony.

        September 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Jay

        No, "you're" an idiot.

        September 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • streetdude66

      When Obama addressed the nation on Bin Ladens death He said The United States was successful in killing OBL. He congradulated seal Team 6. You are pathetic

      September 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • JDavis

      How bizarre you are, Robi. You're taking your cues from the Republican big-shots, apparently, just lying up a storm.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Renee

      Having served in the military for over seven years Robj – that is why the President is called the Commander in Chief. Even my base commander could not make a move against anyone/anything unless he/she receives approval from the CIC okay? So while you are spewing those Faux News talking points, ask some vets whether they like President Obama or NOT that's the way it is done!

      September 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
      • Renee

        And I forgot to add this: You so called PATRIOTS from your responses act as if you are disappointed that Osama bin Laden is even dead! I have never heard such nonsense from a group of folks that wanted to tear him limb to limb after 9-11 and had Bush contined searching for him when he stated he was no longer that concerned for one man and had found and killed him, you PATRIOTS would be climbing damn Mt. Rushmore to etch W on that mountain. Give me a f&*(ing break and stop all the hating!! IT"S SICKENING and it's NOT AMERICAN!!!

        September 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Grandus

        As stated in this book "Bin Laden was not wearing a vest he was not armed, would justice not have been served better by giving this person a public trial. Proving to all that he did all the things he was said to have done. Instead they killed him in cold blood (murdered him). I have another curious observation when they killed Hussein and his sons there were photos all over the internet proving they were dead no one cared that they were muslim or worried about their religion. Why not show pictures of this man dead as well to prove that this actually happened. They could have still buried this man at sea after the fact.

        September 6, 2012 at 9:39 am |
      • Wheeeeee!!!!

        Faux news....awesome....that is so funny,,,you know they are all racist and nazis who sleep with pictures of rush

        September 7, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • joe

      LOL

      September 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  16. american

    this is all soooooooo FAKE! a helicopter lands in OBL's compound but OBL doesn't hear it and has no vest on and is unarmed...yeah, right. brilliant. and the author's words contradict earlier details: "The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless." that's funny, earlier account details were that OBL was shot and killed in his bed, so how does a body get "slammed into the floor"? and how utterly stupid & absent minded of this 'high-ranking' SEAL to then say, "Lying in front of me was the reason we had been fighting for the last decade." ....HAD BEEN???? we still are you retard! come on people this book is pure propaganda and political BS. WAKE THE FFFF UP!

    September 3, 2012 at 4:32 am | Reply
    • Paul222

      Uh huh...cant fool youi...lol.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:28 am | Reply
    • jason

      If you read it again it wasnt Osama that was shot on the floor it was one of the others they killed.

      September 3, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • Stovetop

      Nutjob

      September 4, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • JDavis

      I think you're right, the story is not consistent, and thus the author is most probably lying about it.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • blondie

      I fully agree! All a bunch of BS! The details have always been very questionable!

      September 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • HAnk

      American, your reading comprehension and general logic need some serious, serious work. I'll bet you vote for Obama, too...lol.

      September 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  17. Sam

    Apparently the author has penned information about the SEAL training and the mission which every military in the world will review in detail, including our enemies. This case will set a precedence for future self serving public servants who would want to leak information in the books they pen. Punish him and make sure people in sensitive position never again think of making money by evading their responsibilities and duties for the sake of filling their pockets.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:55 am | Reply
    • geckopelli

      What he said!

      September 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • Andy

      Why is everyone getting their panties in a bunch? This is no different than any other book penned by former military personnel. As long as no classified info is given out then it is not going to aide our enemies. What's it going to tell them? SEALs train hard? We have helicopters? Please.

      September 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • HAnk

      Please, please, please libs, put this guy in jail for insulting Obama. Just do it before election day.

      September 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  18. joe

    Bin laden did not care who he killed on 9/11 so what goes around come around.close the book and move on

    September 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  19. 001seektruth

    I think this novel will sell good. By the way, saying that Mr. Obama leaked some secret information about the "operation" and "disclosing" some "secret" information in that novel will add to the price. Clever market twist but more lies unfortunately.

    September 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • jnpa

      I totally agree.

      September 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • mcwsunshine

      President Obama, himself, identified Seal Team VI as the ones that killed Bin Laden. Then Penetta identified the Pakistani doctor who helped with the intelligence, and that doctor today is in a Pakistani jail being tortured and punished. Hail to the Chief!

      September 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  20. maltesefalconx9

    Is it O'Bama that lied about how Mr bin Laden died or was it some General?

    September 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  21. dongaudreau

    I read a few posts here. What a shame this country has become filled with such over the top disrespectful responses as one side or the other defends their viewpoints. I cannot claim allegiance to either party because in the end they both have been bought by lobbyists and special interest groups that have the most money. And if you think your left or right wing positioning is somehow beyond corruption, then there is no sense trying to convince you. This country had its' heart broken with JFK and MLK were assassinated and our innocence forever lost when we found out our government lied during Vietnam, and Watergate, ACORN, bailout of "too big to fail banks", misuse of stimulus money and OUR money on all sides, creation of services helping people in need (good idea), but fomenting generations of people who wiould rather get a check from the government when they could be working. 53 million on disability?
    Why don't we all just take a step back and look at our opinions from a different perspective, and try to if nothing else be civil and respectful to other Americans. As far as racists, and race baiters who like to call those they disagree "confederates", I would not attempt to engage you in conversation because your mind is shut tight and hatred blinds you. If you like to bully people, prey on weaker citizens, wear swastikas proudly, your day of reckoning will come just as it did for Nazi Germany. If you think the proper sentiment is "my country right or wrong", you are dangerously naive, but if you truly hate this country, then what are you staying here for unless you're part of the solution. Rant over.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Taskmaster

      dongaudreau: I did take that as a rant.I think that you stated the facts very well. Thank you

      September 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  22. Ralph

    Interesting article, but I am reminded why I quit reading these posts years ago. I will go away for another few years....

    September 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • HAnk

      I wish I had your discipline. Good luck to you!

      September 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  23. Geoff

    Resist the temptation to stare at penguins when they are mating. It's not polite.

    September 2, 2012 at 4:39 am | Reply
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Perhaps this would be the perfect time for a foreign country like Russia or China to invade and take over America. I guess all the right wing confederates in our armed forces won't defend America because they would all be concerned over President Obama getting all the credit for holding off an invasion. What a f-ing screwed up country and democracy. And the whole world is laughing at you dumb pie hole confederate trash. Even third world countries are laughing at you stinking worthless right wing confederate trash.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Taskmaster

      And the liberals couldn't fight if the ivasion came on the day the food staps came in the mail.

      September 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • HAnk

      Not nearly as hard as I am laughing at YOU...LOL!

      September 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Wheeeeee!!!!

      Right wing confederate trash is right...you tell them racist nazi sumbi'ches

      September 7, 2012 at 1:08 am | Reply
  25. charles_1

    I'd like to know what content is considered so secret that he is being threatened by the government. So far, nothing I've heard from this book is any different than anything the Obama administration hasn't already leaked to the press.

    September 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      True! If Obama could only tell us where the WMDs are hidden, perhaps we could all write a f-ing book on why the illegitimate Iraqi war was supposedly legitimate...NOT! Right wing moron!

      September 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
      • Taskmaster

        Left wing communist crackhead.

        September 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
      • Wheeeeee!!!!

        you forgot faux news watching rush loving racist!

        September 7, 2012 at 1:09 am |
  26. TheZogNJ

    This SEAL is a fool. His name is now public. All of BinLaden's avengers will kidnap him, tourture him to get the names of his fellow SEALs involved with BinLaden's murder and then this SEAL, his fellow SEALs and all of their families will be killed as revenge. This guy is very short-sighted. He just signed his own death sentence along with his family and the SEALs and their families.

    September 1, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • jobbyjoo

      shut up you damn terrorist...

      September 2, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
    • vetrespect

      He used a pen name to author the book

      September 2, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
      • Matt

        You are correct that he used a pen name but fox news determined his real name and released it dispite the pentagon requesting it be kept secret. So his REAL name is out there so there is a real threat to him and his family.

        September 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • MakeMyDay

      He is brave!!

      September 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • john

      you're funny, but then again you are from NJ so no need for you to be smart.

      September 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Wheeeeee!!!!

      As long as he does not go into a pizza joint or a public form of transportation you should be safe from all the terrorist of islam...they tend to pick best on the unarmed.

      September 7, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  27. The Cannuck

    Why should it be a court-marshalable offense for a citizen of the USA (Mr. Owens) to tell people what and how this historic event went down, especially when he witnessed the event? Haven't the victims of 9/11 and their families earned the right to know the whole truth to get complete closure without politicians and the military imbellishing or deleting certain facts? Must everything in the government and media be manipulated and controlled? Of course, there really is no reason.

    September 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • kathleen Decker

      He signed an Oath . Two Oaths. Does the word Oath mean anything to anybody anymore. Oh, money overrides integrity, I guess. And the Republicans favorite Network released his real name.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
      • MakeMyDay

        Obama took an oath too but his administaration is leaked a lot of classified info to boost his re-election chances.

        September 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  28. 10thMountainReconVet

    1, The president spilled the beans on this to win reelection, this guy is not giving any new sensitive info, but is disputing some of the rosier claims by the president. 2, fact is democrats disdain the military but try to take credit for victories while demonizing the military in defeat. 3, there are virtually no democrats in priority combat units as democrats have an aversion to dieing for the country 4, there are virtually no democrat members of congress with children who serve 5, our military has created stability by destroying the islamic warlords who wanted to take over the world's energy supply while simultaneously keeping China and Russia in check... this results in American economic dominance by various means.

    In a nutshell: the American military is a cornerstone of American and Global stability and economic health and the Democrats are anti military but try to take credit of the military's success for political gain.

    September 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • !Confused

      @10thMountainReconVet: I find people who believe in fairy tales nothing more than babyish. Saddens me to know though that we are a country of haves and we often stoop to the intelligence of have nots and continue to allow ourselves to be hoodwinked in the name of God, Country and Unit. Nevertheless, I do hold a candle up to everyone who gets paid to stand in harm's way but only because they are seemingly following orders and doing their job. Those of these high school graduates who adore all the attention at the airports etc. and go running on about some sort of nobility while dissing the commander in chief, should really be considered no nobler than your average low low level office worker – especially one who illogically thinks that he knows better than the CEO elected the shareholders.

      September 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • 10thMountainReconVet

        While I am currently about to finish medical school, I was indeed a high school graduate when I served. That being said, everything I stated is true. On the flip side, despite having a MCAT score in the top 3 percent, I was waitlisted at some top programs in California after being asked inappropriately if I had symptoms of PTSD since I served in an actual combat MOS. Liberal ignorance of the character and value of combat service is a serious problem in this country and liberals seem to dominate academia which is a gateway to success in the country. Personally, I believe in equality and gay marriage and am pro choice, but I also know that our military provides global stability that is a primary reason for our nation's high standard of living as well as being necessary for Global Stability. Please read on what happened after the fall of the Roman Empire to understand the historical importance of military dominance to prosperity and stability. You sir are living off of my teet, and yet feel empowered to denigrate my sacrifice. It is a sad state of affairs where the intelligencia has in some ways become weak and ignorant and this makes me fear for the future strength of this beautiful nation.

        September 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
      • Mike R

        med sch? I wouldn't select this closed-minded, prejudiced nitwit to walk my dog. I am liberal and progressive, and have my only son an operator in tn the SF doing his 4th tour of duty – so much for the nonsense in this guy's note.

        September 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • Very Concerned About Confused?

        How ignorant can a person be? While I am/haven't been affiliated will MIL/SEC OPS, I have done my service as well ... My largest consternation is what our public cannot know due to the ways, means and divulgeance of CONOPS. This always bothered me but I understand the National Security reasons that guide us. I also believe the SEAL who wrote the book should have gone through the "vetting" process before releasing to a publisher. In my times, that would be treasonous ... that being stated, we appear to have set a new paradigm at the Chief Executive/Cabinet levels on releasing information. I don't believe in socialism ... I also don't believe in letting our nation go the way of Rome. Quite the conundrum!

        September 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • 10thMountainReconVet

        Mike R
        Well congrats on being the only Liberal I know who has a son who serves and is proud of it. So do you believe that the war in Iraq is a waste of money and life? Because that is YOUR parties line that they have used to demonize their political opponents. And what about the Liberal anti war propaganda that makes it sound like veterans are unstable and prone to violence? It has even made it into my psych texts when the reality is that veterans are more stable and law abiding than the general population. Liberalism has some good points but they have become just as nasty and fallaciously demonizing as the KKK in many ways with a tendency to reject facts along existing beliefs that equals the creationists.

        September 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Austin

      very true

      September 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      President Obama, the Greatest President in U.S. history killed OBL. End of story you racist right wing troll.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • jim

        and just how did obama kill obl? the only thing that draft dodging, chicken eating, dope smoking splib ever killed
        was a quart of budwiser...get smart!

        September 11, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      President Obama, the Greatest President in U.S. history killed OBL. End of story you envy jealous racist right wing moron.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
      • 10thMountainReconVet

        Hunh, I thought I disliked Obama because he was a phony and considering I was engaged to an african american woman at one time... it didn't work out because of long distance... I am very surprised to discover I am also a racist. I thought my issues were with intellectual honesty, geopolitics, supporting warriors, and reasonable economic policy, but obviously I was mistaken. Thank you for informing me that I am a racist. (sarc) In seriousness, you seem to be overly fixated on sowing racist division and you need to look in the mirror and decide if you are trying to create a racism narrative for your own purposes.

        September 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Taskmaster

        left wing closet camal jockey pervert

        September 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Envy jealous coward right wing racists. You right wing confederate trash are envy and jealous of the bold, courageous, successful and progressive leadership of President Obama...the Greatest President in U.S. history. Eat your stinkie hearts out confederate morons!

      September 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
      • NONbiasdude

        way to pull out the race card, when nobody brought anything up about his skin color.

        September 2, 2012 at 3:14 am |
      • Ron

        Yep you notice when they cant think of something logical and smart to say, out comes the bleeding black race card?

        September 2, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • HAnk

      Well said. Thank you for your service.

      September 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  29. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Betty Phillips

    Your panty is soiled and it stinks. Perhaps you should go change your stinkie tampons!

    September 1, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  30. SugarKube

    Murdering a feeble old Muslim is way below creating jobs in my opinion.

    September 1, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Rick Shultz

      That "feeble old Muslim" was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people. And I've got news for you, you
      water-brained puke. You don't "murder" animals, you kill them.

      September 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Reply
      • john

        so many racists on here. how sad for you, bunch of pathetic american't racists hiding behind computers. the best part is not how you all hate other countries, but how much you all hate each other, lololol.

        September 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Ron

      would you say that if you were in the 911 towers

      September 2, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
  31. BANGASH

    We in Pakistan and Afghanistan always considered OBL as US guy on mission to pave the way for Americans to occupy Afghanistan which he did successfully and today America has occupied Afghanistan. Now his role in the drama was over and Americans needed a turn which they thought will help in getting out of the Afghan quagmire otherwise what was the point in not showing the world video of of the whole operation as after all he was America's most wanted man, killing thousands of Americans on American soil. What we say now He has safely been removed and enjoy luxuries some where in America as reward for his role in the drama occupation of Afghanistan.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • alkhuu

      Why is it that you think we would want to to occupy Afghanistan or Pakistan? Is it because we had nothing better to do with our $1 Trillion and those thousands of Americans who died had nothing better to do than to chase around and kill illiterate people barely more advanced than the Stone Age? Both Pakistan's and Afghanistan's economies combined doesn't equal even half of the US military's budget. We would be a lot richer if we invade and take over the Netherlands instead of showing up to your impoverished ghetto of the world.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Very Concerned About Confused?

        You raise some interesting points for us to ponder ... What is our role? ... I believe in assisting suppressed societies ... I have traveled far and wide globally ... I haven't had anything but respect for citizens of the global community ... Wished I could state the same for all of their Governments who never appear to fully understand their own citizens diversity, livelihoods and life views!

        September 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
      • BANGASH

        Very strange that you still have doubts about what USA has been doing to poor nations of the world. Afghanistan is rich of natural resources and also a gateway to the central Asian states. Afghanistan strategic location decide the fate USA as the superpower of the world. If USA succeeded in occupation of Afghanistan then it can remain the lone super power in the world and in case of failure it will be an end of USA as a super power. So difference is clear however for you it may be difficult to understand.

        September 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • dosauto

        why would america want to occupy afghanistan or pakistan? you can't figure that out? really?

        October 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Mike R

      dream on...

      September 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • alkhuu

      BANGASH...You really have an overinflated view of your dirt poor country/region. The USA has been a superpower of the world without controlling any Central Asian nations for most of its history. That's Russia's sphere of influence. It took over a century to develop the resources of the American West alone. We have plenty of resources to develop in Canada and S. America with friendlier governments. Anything Afghanistan has will take decades or centuries to develop given its lack of infrastructure and illiterate workforce and trillions of dollars. How is this a good investment to take such an awful backwards nation? Sorry, the simplier, more logical explanation is that the USA view your terrorist exporting nations as a threat and it is there to eliminate the threat. As a counterexample, Brazil has far more resources than Afghanistan, a smarter population, a relatively weak military, closer to the USA and there is no imminent American invasion there. Brazil is not a threat, so no US military. Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan are.

      September 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  32. bryce

    They killed the POS, that is what matters. The rest is BS.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  33. waloofpinkay

    The traitor SEAL must be taken out.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • RC Roeder

      What happed to the Seal is between him and the USA Military if he has leaked that could aid the enemy, then he can be tried for treason and if found guilty may run into his Seal friends again, this time when six of them fire five bullets at his heart.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  34. Pliny

    President Obama ordered this mission.

    President Obama risked his presidency.

    And if he were a white man, you conservative/christian/republican/racists would probably give him credit for that.

    But he's black.

    And that is what lies at the heart of this election.

    You can lie, and say it isn't so. But we all know what is REALLY going on.

    So congrats to all of you. It is a shame you don't have the guts to admit your motivation.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Darkwater

      So the big deal was the 'risk to his presidency'? It's okay if he passed on ordering the mission because of his re-election chances? That's absurd.

      He dithered so much, 'sleeping on it' & risking the chances for the mission, that finally someone lower on the chain, like Panetta, finally gave the go-ahead, just like the Somali pirate take-down in the Maersk-Alabama case.

      He blew it - it was successful despite him, not because of him. So take your knee-jerk race card & stuff it.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
      • Risky

        Actually you were unable to even prove it was or wasn't a race card at all. Honestly it looks like you missed Pliny's point completely.

        August 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Darkwater

        "President Obama risked his presidency.
        And if he were a white man, you conservative/christian/republican/racists would probably give him credit for that.
        But he's black.
        And that is what lies at the heart of this election.
        You can lie, and say it isn't so. But we all know what is REALLY going on."

        QED

        August 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        He Mitt Robmoney, what will you be doing when the phone wrings at 3am? Ahhh..well let me see...well, I'll be partying with my millionaire and billionaire friends in the Hamptons, Monte Carlos and the French Riviera. Hey President Obama, what will you be doing when the phone wrings at 3am? Well, I'll be killing Osama Bil Laden. Haha!

        Obama/Biden 2012!

        September 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • MAO

      Of course its because he's black. It couldn't be because he took way more credit than due for something that he ordered, but had not part in planning or executing. He said "yes" to other people's work. The operators and their command planned and trained for this mission. The operators and support deployed prior to Obama even getting word of the mission. Obama did not get briefed until after the team was already on the ground in A-stan. The intelligence network that exposed Osama's position began almost a decade prior to Obama's order. This was a much more involved and larger operation than you give it credit for. It was not like Obama got intel and told the military to plan, train, deploy and execute. He told them that they could "go" after they had already done months worth of work AFTER confirmed intelligence. But of course...because Obama is black he deserves all the credit.

      How about dropping the race card and looking at something for what it is? That would make more sense and be much less devisive. I am a fervent Democrat and I am shocked by this campaign by Obama and his cronies.....it is embarrassing....not because he is black.....but because I find his actions and the actions of his campaign to be reprehensible and not of my expectation of the president.....but you would probably call me racist because I don't like his campaign or his taking as much credit as he has for all the work done by people I know in the JSOC World.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
      • 99Army

        @ Mao – I dont think their is issue as to what is involved and what work JSOC as well as conventional units or just the military in general has done. Obama was the shot caller for the GO/NOGO on the mission. Obama is responsible for appointing the right people in the right positions at the top to do the job. I dont think anyone expects any President to be gathering intell or researching medical costs for medicare, their is staff for that whom present the findings.

        As for his campaign, I dont know whats different from his campaign than any other, honestly. I'm moderate so I'm neither party.

        September 1, 2012 at 4:10 am |
      • MAO

        @99Army

        Obama did not appoint anyone who was in the initial stages of the planing or gathering. Futhermore, he had not appointed anyone who would have been involved with any aspect of this mission until the information had already left the DOD on its way to the White House. He literally just got the information from his advisors, who had been provided it from sources that he did not appoint and then he made the decision. It was a gutsy decision.....but he did not have anything to do with any aspect of this operation and the preceding operations until a few days prior to execution of the mission. The intel gathering and surveillance started well before Obama was in office.

        You can't claim it was his staff either. He does not appoint anyone in the military at the levels that this took place.

        September 1, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Hey Mitt Robmoney, what will you be doing when the phone wrings at 3am? Ahhh, well let me see...Well, I'll be partying with my millionaire and billionaire friends in the Hamptons, Monte Carlo and the French Riviera. Hey President Obama, what will you be doing when the phone wrings at 3am? Well, I'll be killing Osama Bin Laden. Haha!

        Thank you President Obama...the Greatest President in U.S. history.

        Obama/Biden 2012!

        September 1, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • Mike R

        dude...a little intelligence is bad... a little intelligence combined w prejudice is downright awful.

        September 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      According to some of these Navy SEALS and the GOT, President Obama didn't kill OBL but he lied about bogus WMDs, invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, murdered thousands of our troops and tens of thousands of Afghan and iraqi civilians. And accorfing to these trolls, President Obama also created the 2008 recession and then blamed it on poor old Bush who was in the White House just reading his good old holy bible. But say whatever you want about President Obama because regardless of what you waste of life stinking worthless confederates say about our President and try to do to undermine his presidency and our American democracy, the Black President will continue to succeed in moving America forward. And if he hasn't already, when all is said and done, just ask the rest of the world...President Obama will go down in history as the Grestest American President ever.

      Thank you President Obama for your thoughtful, bold and courageous leadership. The American people and the world are indebted to you.

      Obama/Biden 2012!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
      • offyourrocker

        phhttt; such crap you talk. Please know that Obama will hardly go down as the greatest president in US history, regardless of his color.

        But, since you know so much about him, answer this: Why does he not identify with the white side of his family? Isn't he mixed race? I'm just curious, and you seem to think you have so much information...

        September 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Very Concerned About Confused?

      I would like to believe you are simply myopic & don't see all of the implications within your statement ... I still try to be optimistic. Some situations take longer for history to sort out a global perspective. History may not be the final judge but we all need to be educated on the world we live upon and respond with our well considered thought to the best of our abilities ... This Nation was founded upon folks who had disparate views and needed to find a common ground (a lot of blood, lives, disrupted families & dissenting views in the middle) that we could pejoratively agree upon to continue forward!

      September 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • mary powers

      WAAAA! The Race Card again? Come on, get into the century! And BTW, I think it took Obama months and months to finally create his cabinet because he couldn't find a black person who had paid his taxes in the last 10 years. Obama is not a good president if he were green! So, stop with the poems, and the 1960 rhetoric about race playing a roll in this administration. The race factor is that if he went out today and killed his mother, he would still be voted for by all his "brothers"! His presidency is the worse this country has EVER had. Read the facts and pretend YOU don't see color!

      September 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  35. :)

    I do love all this "code of honor" bullsh!t.

    Too many people watching too much television.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  36. Reality

    No body, No kill.

    Or at the very least we shot an unarmed man in his Pyjamas!

    August 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • peridot2

      Senator John McCain saw the photos and agreed it was Bin Laden. DNA evidence proved it was he. Of course, that's never enough for conspiracy theorists and other folks.

      I accept the word of a senior senator of the opposition. You just go on doubting. That and $3 will buy you a coffee at Starbucks.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
      • Betty Phillips

        If John McCain told you it was Bin Ladin, you can bet your last dime on that being the truth. Now if Obama had said it was Bin Ladin, then you would have to make Obama take many, many "lie dectector test", because that radical imposter has not told one truth yet and he never will.. If Obama moves his lips you can lay down your last dollar that this is another one of Obamas WHOPPERS. I am proud of the Seals and every American thinks they are most honorable and when Obama wants to get the "praise" for taking out the most horrible man we will never forget and the world will always remember what this demonic man has done to so many innocent people, It is sick to watch Obama react as if he did everything to take Bin Ladin down., this only shows that we have had 4 years of hell from Obama to cope with.. Betty

        August 31, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • 99Army

        @ Betty – while I hvae nothing against McCain your comment that only truth comes from McCain and lies from Obama is absurd.

        September 1, 2012 at 4:13 am |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        If it wasn't OBL, then it must have been the WMDs or perhaps GWB's little wrinkled dick blown up.

        September 1, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • Mike R

        Betty, you sound ignorant, prejudiced and mean. Your generalizations give you away.

        September 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • SemperUsmc

      Your tinfoil hat is loose, you need another layer!

      September 1, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
  37. shaunbox

    USA! USA! USA! USA!

    August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  38. patch vader

    Bin laden is dead. Killed by the nation he attacked on 911. Nothing else matters. Thank youe Seals, for a job well done.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
  39. tomasina

    It is so cool that the pentagon and Obama want to punish the book author because that will likely unite nearly every past and present military person to vote Republican.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • FRED FLINTSTONE

      I don't think Obama has much to do with it. The man broke his code of honor. Do you approve of our servicemen doing that ?

      August 31, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • Les

        When the President leak national securitysecrets to gain glory I dont think so much of a navy officer countering that information

        August 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • peridot2

        Les, it wasn't the President who leaked information. We don't know who is the source of the leak. You think it was the President? Did you get that idea from Fox news, by any chance?

        August 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • Alppa Chino

        Seems like Nobama wanted the book deal on this one and fortunately it was ripped away from boots that were actually on the ground.

        August 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • The Saint

        Thank you! U.S. Navy Seals, for God and country, you seals destroyed his body, now The Lord God of Ysrael will destroy his soul in hell were bin laden belongs. Hell was made for rebellion and hatred, sin, and terrorist, and anyone or nation who forget God. "Let the wheat and tare grow together untill the time of harvest". Free will is yours how you choose it.

        August 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • Rick Shultz

        "Broke his code of honor" my azz! He was and is exercising the same rights you enjoy. The ones he fought for that you want to deny to him because he has exposed that lying Marxist we've been saddled with for the last 4 years. You stupid
        hypocrit.

        September 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • waloofpinkay

      ex-military is this country's biggest welfare community. it has ever been thus.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
      • MAO

        Welfare community? So the military working their ass off for their benefits unlike the elected officials is welfare when they actually receive their retirement benefits which can't amount to what elected officials get? Wow. Get real. At least those in the military earn their benefits, unlike many others in government.

        September 1, 2012 at 12:59 am |
      • offyourrocker

        waloof: Wrong, the biggest welfare community IS the welfare community. Hardly can compare the work of even one soldier to the laying around of 10 welfare recipients.

        Soldier = protector; fighter; builder; learner.
        Typical Welfare recipient = living off of my hard earned money for nothing in return

        I would love to see an audit of every welfare office in every state to see who is receiving that actually qualifies.

        September 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Ed

      I'm a pretty conservative guy, not an Obama supporter, and I still think this "author" guy is an embarrassment. These guys have a code of honor. Silence about their missions is part of it. As the article points out (even CNN, like a stopped clock, is right once in a while), they count on their team members to be silent. The minute they start undertaking missions with an eye toward how they can profit from them, or wondering how they will look in a book another team member might write, is the minute their performance level goes down. My bet is this guy is shunned by his team.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  40. michaelfury

    "right now we needed some good quality photos"

    Still do.

    http://pulverizedtonearpower.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/pulverized-to-near-power/

    August 31, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
  41. gliese 42

    Didn't Obama leak the information about the SEAL's? What was his motive?

    August 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • peridot2

      No.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
      • MAO

        Obama did link classified information multiple times. His initial conference identified the agency involved which was not meant to be public knowledge. It went downhill from there.

        September 1, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  42. George Patton

    There is no way on earth to glorify a bloody murder, no matter how many books one writes in order to do precisely that! Now I guess that the majority of the American people will fall for it!!! Besides, we still don't know whether or not that it was the true Ussama bin Laden who was killed that night!

    August 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • peridot2

      A criminal was punished. That's what happened on that night.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • jason

      I bet if your family died sept 11th you wouldn't be saying that, coward. Leave the United States. We do not need useless people like you who bicker about the freedom that you do not deserve.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:39 am | Reply
  43. saeed

    damn it was cool on 9/11 and the london bombings i was celebrating the events it was high seson for me yeaaaaaaaaaaaa i was doing the chicken dance the lizard dance laughing high down the street.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Hafiz

      Troll harder, fool

      August 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Jabroni

      Chckens dance when they peck maggots...go have some dinner...

      August 31, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • :)

      There you go again, saeed – p!ss!ng off the feeble-minded.

      August 31, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • m1234

      You better watch out, there is a drone following you
      saeed, in Arabic, means "little boy who takes it like a girl up the butt"

      August 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
      • waloofpinkay

        Isn't that Mormon "communion"?

        August 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Yawar

      A lame attempt to create further hatred. Who are you trying to kid? Any reason why you chose a name like Saeed and not Abdul? Why dont you post your real name?

      September 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • Infidel

      Hey Saeed, I do a little victory dance everytime a Palestinian home is bulldozed, or a rocket launching hamas terrorist gets slaughtered. Also, the Syrian civil war is pure popcorn for me, two sides, of which I both hate, killing each other – for 24/7 round the clock entertainment of muzzies getting killed it cant be beaten. Keep at it muslims, keep showing the rest of the world what your religion of peace is really all about and keep killing each other like you've been doing since time began – I'm never stuck for entertainment. :)

      September 6, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Saaed real name is Barney, he's 42, unemployed, divorced and behind on child support, living in his childhood bedroom at his folks' house, and hasn't "gotten any" in years. Making stupid comments on here is the high point of his day. Sheesh, let the poor schmuck find what joy he can in life.

      September 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply

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