The Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund is a nice sounding name for a group of former military special-operations men who don’t like President Obama much. In a film called “Dishonorable Disclosures,” they criticize him for what they see as his taking too much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States who became the most wanted man on the planet. And with no evidence, they accuse the president of leaking classified information to make himself look good.
With a lot of sinister music and action-movie graphics, these retired special-operations guys talk for 22 minutes about all the things Obama did and said that they believe undermined operational security and put lives at risk. There’s even a guy in shadow and altered voice to protect his identity. If Jason Bourne had made a cameo I wouldn’t have been surprised.
Scott Taylor, identified as a Navy Seal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was among the many expressing grave concern about the president’s actions.
I believe that a 10-year-old would be able to understand that if you disclose how we got there, how we took down the building, what we did, how many people were there, that it’s going to hinder future operations and certainly hurt the success of those future operations for DOD, for military, for the intelligence community and for everybody as a whole.
Well, with that being said, I wonder how Taylor and the other fellas in the flick are going to react to “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden.” This is a blockbuster book from a Navy Seal (going by the pseudonym Mark Owen) who was involved in the May 2 operation. The book is set to hit stores on Sept. 11. “According to a description of the book provided by the publisher,” the New York Times reports, “the author gives a ‘blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death.’”
Taylor and his crew will not be pleased. And by the looks of things neither will the Obama administration. The Post reports today that “neither the author nor the publisher had cleared the book’s contents with the Defense Department or the CIA, a step ordinarily required by former service members or spies seeking to write about classified operations.” I’m sure Taylor and the others will now turn their rhetorical guns on Owen for such a breach of faith. Right?