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The price of killing Bin Laden - first interview with the US Navy SEAL who shot Al Qaeda chief


Grumpy Jack

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Latest Esquire has a remarkable interview with the US Navy SEAL operator who shot dead Osama Bin Laden.

Described only as 'The Shooter', he discusses the OBL operation itself, the moment he killed Bin Laden and the toll his time in the SEALs and on combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has taken on his marriage, his family life and his body.

He has left the US Navy and is now out of work with no idea what he will do for a living and to take care of his family - or pay for their health insurance and his own, especially as he needs ongoing treatment for injuries picked up in combat.

He has a real Catch-22 dilemma - his unique selling-point and best asset is the one thing he can never, ever, discuss publicly for the protection of his own life and those of his wife, kids and close family.

And the US government do not seem prepared to assist him - either with the transition to civilian life or protection for him and his family.

It's a long interview and quite heavy going but it is well worth reading.

And I suggest posters read the interview in its entirety before rushing to judgement.

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives.

Read more: Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden - Treatment of Veteran Who Shot bin Laden - Esquire Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden - Treatment of Veteran Who Shot bin Laden - Esquire
 

rapparree

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surely a former navy seal can find work somewhere in the security industry
 

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Latest Esquire has a remarkable interview with the US Navy SEAL operator who shot dead Osama Bin Laden.

Described only as 'The Shooter', he discusses the OBL operation itself, the moment he killed Bin Laden and the toll his time in the SEALs and on combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has taken on his marriage, his family life and his body.

He has left the US Navy and is now out of work with no idea what he will do for a living and to take care of his family - or pay for their health insurance and his own, especially as he needs ongoing treatment for injuries picked up in combat.

He has a real Catch-22 dilemma - his unique selling-point and best asset is the one thing he can never, ever, discuss publicly for the protection of his own life and those of his wife, kids and close family.

And the US government do not seem prepared to assist him - either with the transition to civilian life or protection for him and his family.

It's a long interview and quite heavy going but it is well worth reading.

And I suggest posters read the interview in its entirety before rushing to judgement.

You want people to understand and have sympathy for a person whose role in life was to kill? And now he has been dumped by his employers! Did he really think that his life would be much better for killing? He, and his family are, if you will pardon the expression, cursed!

Couldn`t happen to a nicer guy! petunia
 

rapparree

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You would think but this guy has a rather unique difficulty. Read the interview.
who said it had to be an active role, could do consulting or something. navy seals are top of the heap when it comes to the expertise
 

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surely a former navy seal can find work somewhere in the security industry
My first thought without even reading the article.

As far as not being able to publicly discuss his experiences, there's a whole industry out there of ex - SAS guys selling their memoirs and acting as consultants to movies etc. - "Andy McNab" being the template.
 

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You want people to understand and have sympathy for a person whose role in life was to kill? And now he has been dumped by his employers! Did he really think that his life would be much better for killing? He, and his family are, if you will pardon the expression, cursed!

Couldn`t happen to a nicer guy! petunia
Where did I ask for understanding or sympathy for him?

I simply suggested reading the interview - it is very interesting on many levels.

Why does this site attract so many idiots who rush to judgement on something before even reading it?
 

Grumpy Jack

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who said it had to be an active role, could do consulting or something. navy seals are top of the heap when it comes to the expertise
Again, he has a unique difficulty that thousands of other ex-SF operators do not have.
 

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Where did I ask for understanding or sympathy for him?

I simply suggested reading the interview - it is very interesting on many levels.

Why does this site attract so many idiots who rush to judgement on something before even reading it?
if bin laden was shot by the americans it certainly wasnt by that idiot you're reading about
 

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You want people to understand and have sympathy for a person whose role in life was to kill? And now he has been dumped by his employers! Did he really think that his life would be much better for killing? He, and his family are, if you will pardon the expression, cursed!

Couldn`t happen to a nicer guy! petunia

Guys a hero for ridding this world of an odious reptile like Bin Laden. Hope it works out well for him.
 

rapparree

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Again, he has a unique difficulty that thousands of other ex-SF operators do not have.
whats that, killing bin laden? if he is anonymous then there isnt a problem and it is certainly no barrier to working. if there ever came a credible threat level to his life a la salman rushdie, the US govt would step in.
 
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