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.
In this article, the SEAL who killed OBL is not Mark Owens (author of No Easy Day). This article implies that Owens lied about who actually shot the famous terrorist (the “real” shooter is quoted as saying “I don’t know why he would do that”).
Then there’s the movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” which I really must see now, since the “real” shooter indicated it was actually fairly accurate (I assumed it was a Hollywood “bigger than the truth” production). Besides, I am now curious about this female CIA agent who tracked OBL down, and would like to read her memoir!
I also just watched the film “Argo,” which is based on actual events: how a CIA operative was able to get six Americans out of the Canadian Ambassador’s residence in Iran during the hostage crisis in 1979-80. At the end the film credits noted that the events were declassified by Bill Clinton in 1997. So, presumably, we now know the truth.
It makes me wonder… will the events of OBL’s death be declassified twenty years after the fact? Will anyone care by then? Will anyone (besides my son and I) talk about history just seems to repeat itself? And, just maybe, some things in life should remain mysterious.