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

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  1. NYCmitch25

    NYCmitch25 New Member

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    http://www.esquire.com/print-this/man-who-shot-osama-bin-laden-0313?page=all

    :flagus: Published in the March 2013 issue
    Phil Bronstein is the former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and currently serves as executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting. This piece was reported in cooperation with CIR.



    The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.

    It was a mild spring day, April 2012, and our small group, including a few of his friends and family, was shielded from the sun by the patchwork shadows of maple trees. But the Shooter was sweating as he talked about his uncertain future, his plans to leave the Navy and SEAL Team 6.

    He stood up several times with an apologetic gripe about the heat, leaving a perspiration stain on the seat-back cushion. He paced. I didn't know him well enough then to tell whether a glass of his favorite single malt, Lagavulin, was making him less or more edgy.

    We would end up intimately familiar with each other's lives. We'd have dinners, lots of Scotch. He's played with my kids and my dogs and been a hilarious, engaging gentleman around my wife.

    In my yard, the Shooter told his story about joining the Navy at nineteen, after a girl broke his heart. To escape, he almost by accident found himself in a Navy recruiter's office. "He asked me what I was going to do with my life. I told him I wanted to be a sniper.

    Read more: Bin Laden - Treatment of Veteran Who Shot bin Laden - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/print-this/man-who-shot-osama-bin-laden-0313?page=all
     
  2. Indymom

    Indymom Well-Known Member

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    This is the type of Commander in Chief leadership our troops need and deserve:

    “Instead of counting, for some reason I said to myself the George Bush 9/11 quote: Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended," he said, recalling the moments before he dropped into Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. "I could just hear his voice, and that was neat. I started saying it again and again to myself. Then I started to get pumped up. I’m like: 'This is so on.'"

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/1...en-now-jobless/?test=latestnews#ixzz2KhBbjpgo
     
  3. Mac-7

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    Silly Rabbit.

    Don't you know that Obama killed bin Laden?
     
  4. Iolo

    Iolo Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I thought Americans executed murderers?
     
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    Oldyoungin Well-Known Member

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    Only in certain states under certain circumstances . Merica loves its war heros .
     
  6. Iolo

    Iolo Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Ah well! Assassination is okay then, on the right side? I find the moral complexity difficult, but I'm a simple soul! :) Ta.
     
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    Oldyoungin Well-Known Member

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    I don't know , is it ?
     
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    Are you suggesting MI6 never assasinated anyone?
     
  9. Iolo

    Iolo Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Killing someone without a trial is murder where I live. But our government takes its orders from people who do this.

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    Dunno. If they did I should want the murderers imprisoned for life, obviously.
     
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    RP12 Well-Known Member

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    I applaud your consistency.
     
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    Ctrl Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Highest value war target... not a head of state. We do in fact kill people in war. It may hurt your feelings, but it is suggested that you do not attack us to avoid this problem... even then... sometimes isn't enough.
     
  12. NYCmitch25

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    As they say, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Ok I might be the one who says this but getting on point, would you have prefered a Saddam'esque show trial?
     
  13. Iolo

    Iolo Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    What war was that then? Come ON! Nazis and zionists cultivate assassination, and are hanged when humans can catch 'em.

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    Terrorists murder people. Humans hold trials.
     
  14. Herkdriver

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    There's not much call in the civilian work world for someone with sniper skills, or war fighting skills in general. Maybe law enforcement or security work would
    be a good fit for his skill set. Millions of returning veterans from WW2, Korea, Vietnam and now GWOT, have/had the same issue...good at killing and war fighting, but not many skills which readily transfer to civilian employment. It's why the government implemented the Montgomery G.I. bill to provide education benefits to veterans. To obtain a new skill set which is more adaptable to a civilian employer's needs. While I sympathize with the gentlemen's plight, particularly in this weak economy...his plight is nothing new. If he chooses to capitalize on his experiences in the form of published articles or books, or even speaking engagements, I take no issue with that...but the fact he's facing what all veterans eventually face...transitioning to civilian life...is nothing that millions before him haven't had to deal with also.
     
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    I get your point but would you want to be the guy kicking around in the dark in a compound in the middle of a foreign country , would you want to try to arrest the #1 guy? I'd probably shoot him if he reached for anything. I would have preferred we captured him tho.
     
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    Too bad he couldn't have made 20.

    Sounds harsh I suppose, but I'm sure he was aware of the pending consequences.


    I wish he and his family the best.
     
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    Indeed!
     
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    He is getting the same treatment/benefits that anyone in the same position would get. Why should he get better treatment?
     
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    Ctrl Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    We could have just levelled the place with a missile, killing all of the women and children too, and nobody would have had much to say about it.

    We sent in a team to do it the hard way. OBL was kill on sight. He was our named enemy, holding no recognized state title whatsoever.
     
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    Ctrl Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Cause he is Captain (*)(*)(*)(*)ing America, and stayed silent while someone took credit for his work.

    People will gladly give money to his cause. He has earned it.
     
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    I am not quite sure what this alleged former SEAL wants.

    If he wanted fame he should have been an actor. If he wanted adoration for his military exploits he should not have joined up with the SEALs. No one made him join the Navy. He left before he earned his pension. Did he not get the reward he thinks he deserved? The unit he joined (no one makes you become a SEAL) is cloaked in secrecy.

    I am not sure I understand his complaint.
     
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    Captain America here needs to pull himself up by his boot straps.
     
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    Did he say he wants something?
     
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    Ctrl Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    He is a professional warrior.

    What are you expecting him to do? What MORE can you ask of this man? What can he (*)(*)(*)(*)ing do for YOU today. He stormed a compound in the dead of night with live fire and killed enemy number 1 for our, and many many other countries.

    I asked it of him, and he delivered. I'm happy to reward that sort of bravery. Most any reasonable American should feel the same. What is wrong with you people?
     
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    I'm just relaying the advice given to all those bums without jobs. I hear Walmart hires Vets.
     

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