The new book No Easy Day is a first-hand account of the Navy SEAL raid which killed Osama bin Laden. It is written by a raid participant under a pseudonym, but his actual identity has been published.
Several pundits have questioned the necessity or advisability of killing bin Laden. According to the author, bin Laden came to the door of the room he was occupying and looked out at the commotion. He was not obviously armed.
The supposed goal the raid was to capture bin Laden. As you know, was killed. Again, according to the author, the first shots put him down but the raiders shot him again while he was down to kill him.
And so, some published pundits are telling us that this degree of violence was not necessary and certainly not very sporting.
Let us review some recent history: Tapes of bin Laden himself have him discussing the meticulous plans to fly commercial aircraft into the towers of the World Trade Center. He expresses delight that the towers came down because the Al Qaeda planners merely expected a lot of damage and large loss of life.
(Some of the fire officers on scene figured out the towers would come down, but thought they had about a 12 hour window until the first tower collapsed.)
(No, I do not want to hear about anybody placing explosives in the towers. People believe that are nitwits.)
And so, with respect to the degree of violence and sportsmanship displayed by the American military people, I would like to be perfectly clear:
If Osama bin Laden had been kneeling at the feet of Billy Graham accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, repenting and singing “How Great Thou Art” in a fine tenor voice, supported by Mahatma Gandhi on one side and Mother Teresa on the other, the Navy SEALs still needed to shoot his ass dead.
The only regret that I can think of is that there wasn’t space in that room for the 50 million Americans who wanted to be the ones on the trigger.