It was the night of May 1, 2011, several us were winding down in the lobby of the Peabody hotel on the last day of the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis TN. Sipping, speaking, sleeping(not really but it sounds good), slurring and sitting in the lounge bar wondering what to do.
Around 10pm, a buzz went through the lobby and one of my great friends says, "My wife just text-ed me saying Bin Laden was killed". Based on all the fun we had and indulgence in which we partook, the rest of us thought he was crazy. Which he is, but we thought more so this time.
Looking around, people were furiously checking blackberries and smart phones and slowly the news was confirmed.
Filled with the intoxication of the moment we scurried to one of our rooms to check out the news on TV. Packed together like in a college dorm, we watched what had earlier been confirmed - - Bin Laden was Dead! SEAL Team Six took him out!
Fast forward to January 24, 2012. President Obama, making his way to the podium for the state of the union address when he says to Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, "Good job tonight, good job tonight..." Job?
The same group of Navy Seals, SEAL Team Six, rescued two hostages from a group of nine Somalian thugs.
Hearing how these brave, courageous men killed the most wanted man in the world, then reading Howard Wasdin and Stephen Templin's book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, and then this daring rescue of American Jessica Buchanan and Dutchman Poul Thisted in Somalia, I've come to the conclusion that...
Navy Seals are Bad Ass!
(Like I needed further confirmation?)
Other books on Navy Seals:( full disclosure, I've not read the other two. Pfarrer's is on my shelf to read and plan on getting Kyle's and reading his sometime soon)
SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden, by Chuck Pfarrer
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, by Chris Kyle