Navy SEAL Team “Six,” which is typically extremely covert and usually not ever named, identified, or acknowledged in any way, does not appreciate the President’s “over-sharing” of so many mission details. http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/05/navy-seals-to-piehole-of-the-united-states-why-don’t-you-shut-up/
Jeff Emanuel at RedState.com: Do Victory Laps and Spiking the Football outweigh Operational (and Personal) Security?
Marc Ambinder at National Journal: “Government Fears too Much Disclosure in bin Laden Raid Will Jeopardize Future Missions”
Paul Bedard at U.S. News’ Washington Whispers: SEALS Angry at Attention and Want it Stopped”
Marine Col. David Lapan requested news media outlets not try to seek out mission members for interviews or to identify them in any way.
“Rob Curtis, who writes the Gear Scout blog for Military Times, said that there are concerns that the focus on the bin Laden raid has distracted the special operations world. “There are still plenty of HVTs [high-value targets] out there that Joint Special Operations Command is hunting and according to my sources close to and inside of SOCOM this story has become a huge distraction for the community.”
What’s more, he adds, “It’s my feeling that the administration has aimed a spotlight into one of the darkest corners of our national security apparatus without regard for the damage it might do to its ongoing operations.”
Defense secretary Robert Gates was getting it between the eyes as he met with Marines around the country and in an interesting move, blamed his boss for the snafu:
“A Marine asked what measures were being taken to protect “the identities and the lives” of the SEALs involved in the takedown of bin Laden in Pakistan a week ago, as well as other troops deployed in the region, from the threat of retaliation.
“We are very concerned about the security of our families — of your families and our troops, and also these elite units that are engaged in things like that. And without getting into any details … I would tell you that when I met with the team last Thursday, they expressed a concern about that, and particularly with respect to their families,” Gates told the audience.
“Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the Situation Room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday, the next day.”
[listen to it on the video…Gates sounds pissed.]
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