With the amount of self aggrandizing we hear from the Navy and the press who are falling over themselves to be the first to praise SEAL Team Six, now known as DevGroup (even though everyone still calls them by their old designation), an uncomfortable question has been raised in some quarters of the Special Operation community. Was SEAL Team Six selected for the Bin Laden raid because they were the best men for the job or were they simply at the right place at the right time?
Details of the raid remain sketchy. Allegedly, a grainy helmet cam video exists, taken by one of the assaulters during the raid, but is distorted to the point that details cannot be made out and only the audio track gives any indication of what may have been happening on the ground. Meanwhile, intelligence specialists within the military have been forbidden by their chain of command from attempting to research the UBL mission, despite having TS-SCI clearances. It makes for a puzzling picture to say the least.
The point is not to engage in a childish debate regarding which unit is “better”, an argument best suited for console gamers rather than professional soldiers, but rather to take a more measured assessment and analysis of the UBL raid as opposed to the fawning of the mainstream media. Thus far, few people have taken an independent and objective look at the raid itself. Most have simply swallowed the Pentagon's and the Obama administration's claims at face value.
One interesting aside has emerged. SEAL Team Six was not specifically selected or chosen for the UBL mission as we are led to believe. It is an open secret that a Special Operations Task Force has existed in Afghanistan for years whose nearly sole purpose was to execute the Bin Laden raid, if and when, the intelligence was developed.
As it turns out, it was SEAL Team Six's turn on rotation into Afghanistan, relieving another Tier-One asset.
For now, it seems that the mainstream press is more interested in pandering than in reporting the facts.
Jack Murphy is the author of the military thriller Reflexive Fire and a new Kit Up! contributor.