The most talked story today -- aside from the Pope resigning because of some issues with his 401 K match or some such thing -- surely will be that the Navy SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden with three shots heard round the world during the 2011 nighttime raid at Abbottabad has broken his silence.
And he's not a happy camper.
In a 15,000-word Esquire article published today (click here to read it; it's a sizzler), The Shooter -- who is remaining anonymous -- says the Navy has left him high and dry, with no health insurance, no job, no security, no pension, no nothing. There's more.
Written by the Center for Investigative Reporting's Phil Bronstein, who spent a year with the guy, the disturbing piece offers chilling insight into how the military rewarded "a man with hundreds of successful war missions, one of the most decorated combat veterans of our age, who capped his [16-year] career by terminating bin Laden, [and] has no landing pad in civilian life."
The last job the Navy offered the heroic SEAL was a witness-protection-like gig: a beer-truck driver in Milwaukee, under an assumed identity, and that he and his wife and kids would have to give up any contact with their former lives.
The best part of the story, though, are the priceless quotes. Here's what he said before the raid began:
At Jalalabad, the Shooter saw the CIA analyst pacing. She asked me why I was so calm. I told her, We do this every night. We go to a house, we fuck with some people, and we leave. This is just a longer flight.
On the raid itself:
On the third floor, there were two chicks yelling at us and the point man was yelling at them and he said to me, "Hey, we need to get moving. These bitches is getting truculent." I remember saying to myself, Truculent? Really? Love that word.
On the killing:
And I remember as I watched him breathe out the last part of air, I thought: Is this the best thing I've ever done, or the worst thing I've ever done? This is real and that's him. Holy shit.
Everybody wanted him dead, but nobody wanted to say, Hey, you're going to kill this guy. It was just sort of understood that's what we wanted to do.