I’m reading “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Navy Seal Mark Owen (a.k.a. Mark Bissonnette). He should know what he is talking about, he was on the mission. I’m happy to report this book about our American heroes was able to knock down the trash known as “50 Shades” from the USA Today best selling list. (Part of the reason America is struggling today is because our priorities are so askew.)
Despite serving his country with the highest of honor and dignity, he faces the sad prospect of being sued by his former employer for not submitting his manuscript for review early enough in the publication process. Maybe if we had less lawyers and more leaders in government our nation would be doing better? Bissonnette broke the code of silence to tell his story, this angered lots of his former peers. But there is no top secret information provided. If you are looking for some you might consider joining the press corps or writing an Obama-friendly military movie to get the latest juicy details.
This book does a great job of describing the missions our heroes undertake, their dedication to hard work, their physical and mental prowess, and shines a light into how our military is changing thanks to political correctness and politics. Supporters and crtitics alike are right: this book will help to change how our military operates going forward. Sadly I think the powers that be are more focused on neutering the strongest country in the world at the time we need its strength the most.
The following excerpt provides insight into how the Obama administration is changing the rules in order to appease our “friends” in the Middle East. Gone are the days where we go in, kick ass and win. Now it is all about getting permission, using lawyers, and proactively covering our asses.
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 approval. Lawyers and staff officers pored over the details on each page, making sure our plan was acceptable to the Afghan government.
We noticed there were fewer assaulters on missions and more “straphangers,” each of whm performed a very limited duty. We now took conventional Army soldiers with us on operations as observers so they could refute any false accusations.
Policy makers were asking us to ignore all of the lessons we had leered, especially the lessons learned in blood, for political reasons. For years, we had been sneaking into compounds, catching fighters by surprise.
On the last deployment (early 2011) we were slapped with a new requirement to call them out. After surrounding a building, an interceptor had to get on a bullhorn and yell for the fighters to come out with their hands raised. It was similar to what police did in the United States. After the fighters came out, we cleared the house. If we found guns, we arrested the fighters, only to see them go free a few months later. Often we recaptured the same guy multiple times during a single deployment.
It felt like we were fighting the war with one hand and filling out paperwork with the other. When we brough back detainees, there was an additional two or three hours of paperwork. The first question to the detainee at the base was always, “Where you abused?” An affirmative answer meant an investigation and more paperwork.
And the enemy had figured out the rules.
Their tactics evolved as fast as ours. On my earlier deployments, they stood and fought. On more recent deployments, they started to hide their weapons, knowing we could’t shoot them if they weren’t armed. The fighters knew the rules of engagement and figured they’d just work their way through the system and be back to their village in a few days.
It was frustrating. We knew what we were sacrificing at home; we were willing to give that up to do the job on our teams. As more rules were applied, it became harder to justify taking risks to our lives. The job was becoming more about an exit strategy than doing the right thing tactically.
Our military elite and their families sacrifice more than most people can imagine. Yet an increasing percentage of our population thinks they know better, thanks largely to the brainwashing coming from the left-leaning talking heads that too many people continue to listen to. Independent thought is a dying concept. Emotion is the enemy of critical thought. While the press colludes to shape public opinion (instead of reporting the news), our country is swirling down the drain. Only a change in leadership can save us, but the masses are oblivious. Pray for our nation.
If you are into this sort of reading (and I think more Americans need to be), here are a few other books worth reading: