Let’s be clear, Pr. Obama might have given the order, but he didn’t get Osama. In the end, it was a team of Navy SEALs that accomplished the mission. That mission came at the end of an effort involving hundreds of people in the intelligence and military communities.
The SEALs would probably preferred to have not been mentioned by name. You haven’t heard from them. They are not being interviewed. Everything we know, or think we know, about the execution of Osama Bin Laden has come to us courtesy of politicians.
One thing you can learn about is BUD/S training, the initial training that every Navy SEAL undergoes. Here’s an excerpt written by a former member of SEAL Team Six about his experiences in training. It comes from this book.
As SEALs, though, we believe our surrender would be giving in, and giving in is never an option. I wouldn’t want to be used as some political bargaining chip against the United States.
I wouldn’t want to die in a cage of starvation or have my head cut off for some video to be shown around the world on the Internet. My attitude is that if the enemy wants to kill me, they’re going to have to kill me now.
–Howard E. Wasdin