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Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Book About Bin Laden Raid Raises Questions

After a raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan last May, local residents showed off small parts of what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter that Washington said malfunctioned and was disabled by the American commando strike team as they retreated. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

After a raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan last May, local residents showed off small parts of what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter that Washington said malfunctioned and was disabled by the American commando strike team as they retreated. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

A detailed first-person account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will be published next month. The author, who uses a pseudonym, was a leader of Navy SEAL Team 6 in the operation that resulted in bin Laden’s death on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The book will be out just weeks before the presidential election and enters a political landscape that already includes a 22-minute film that features former U.S. military and intelligence officers who says President Obama has leaked classified intelligence on the raid for political gain.

Guest:

  • Greg Jaffe, who covers the Pentagon for the Washington Post

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  • LR_DUNN

    THAT A SUPPOSED SEAL TEAM LEADER IS HIDING BEHIND A PSEUDONYM OF A BOOK HE IS SAID TO HAVE WRITTEN ESSENTIALLY ACCUSING THE POTUS OF TREASON IS DISHONEST AND DISGRACEFUL FOR STARTERS.

    IF THIS SEAL TEAM LEADER IS STILL ON ACTIVE DUTY HE HAS VIOLATED HIS OATH AND REGS AT THE VERY LEAST.

    THE MILITARY SERVES EVERY AT THE BEHEST OF EVERY COMMANDER IN CHIEF, REGARDLESS OF WHO IS IN THE OVAL OFFICE. THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA GAVE THE ORDER TO KILL OBL WHEN GEORGE BUSH COULD OR WOULD NOT, IN ADDITION TO BUSH’S LETTING OBL SLIP INTO PAKISTAN THROUGH BORA BORA, PROVIDES COUNTER BALANCE TO WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE. THE GOP IS SUCKING AIR. THEY HAVE NOTHING. SO A BOOK IS TROTTED OUT BY A NAMELESS SOMEONE, CLAIMING TO BE HAVE BEEN SEAL TEAM 6 TEAM LEADER ON OBL’S TAKE DOWN, SLANDERING THE POTUS.

    IF WE ARE TO TAKE THIS BOOK’S ALLEGATIONS SERIOUSLY LET THIS ALLEGED SEAL TEAM 6 AUTHOR STEP INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY. FOX NEWS WOULD LOVE THIS GUY.

    I CALL BOVINE BYPRODUCT ON THIS ENTIRE SHAMEFUL GOP ENDEAVOR.

  • Daniel

    Weird. Because I really thought that the President himself was the one who shot bin Laden. You learn something new everyday. 

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