In the early morning hours of May 2, 2011, helicopters filled with members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six descended on a walled compound in a town in Pakistan, just over the border from Afghanistan.
The SEALs moved deftly and violently through the multistory building, killing anyone who resisted. In the end, only one man, their target, remained. Osama bin Laden.
In a new book written by team member Robert O’Neill, the SEAL addresses a nagging holdover from the raids’ conclusion; why were there never any photos of the dead bin Laden?
Right Wing News quotes O’Neill as recounting that as he approached bin Laden, who cowered behind a female human shield, his “point man tackled two women just in case they were rigged with explosives. O’Neill aimed his gun over one of the women’s shoulders and fired at bin Laden’s head. He split it wide open and shot once more into it just for insurance.”
For ten years bin Laden had been hunted, costing thousands of American lives and wounding and maiming thousands more. Once dead, the SEALs celebrated by pumping the goat turd smelling jihadist with over 100 rounds. You might imagine the visual results.
While O’Neill admits the celebratory acts were a bit “excessive”, he can rightfully be forgiven.
Posting any picture of the bullet sponge bin Laden was out of the question. “The picture itself would likely cause an international scandal,” O’Neill wisely surmised, “and investigations would be conducted which could uncover other operations, activities which many will do anything to keep buried.”
While that last sentence is a bit cryptic and intriguing, some secrets are best left buried for the sake of our men and women in uniform.