Why No Easy Day Should Not Have Been Published
I have read several fine books concerning the SEALS and other elite military units but I cannot include "No Easy Day" in this group of books.
I feel Matt Bissonnette betrayed the SEALS, the government, and his oath. There is speculation on whether or not classified information was revealed. I'm not here to make that judgment call but even if no secrets were revealed in this book the question must be asked, could this lead to more written accounts being published of other clandestine operations by other operatives or by the support crews that work behind the scenes?
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If Mark Bissonnette is left unpunished this could inspire other books with authors that have a more nefarious agenda, or more likely, a book published by a lower level member of a support staff that could be thousands of miles away from the actual operation but would have key information on the planning and execution of a mission.
That member would not be as highly disciplined or trained as the operatives of the actual elite unit . Classified information could inadvertently be revealed by such a person or details intentionally revealed in an effort to make their contribution more important then it actually was.
The book was never presented to the military or government before being published. Mark Bissonnette has stated “he was very careful not to reveal classified secrets” that's fine, but what if the next person violates their oath on a nondisclosure agreement and is not so careful?
I also feel this book was published too soon after the actual event with the war on terror still in progress. There is also the comment by the author “None of us were huge fans of Obama.” Actually I'm not either, but as a member of an elite SEAL team that took part in a mission such as this you don't say something like that about your commander-in-chief. Obama is still in office still and and we are still fighting. If I were a member of the Taliban I would take comfort in that remark.
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The other consideration I want to point out are the effects this book will have on the operatives of future missions. These men operate in missions under very high pressure, dangerous, environments and have to trust each other explicitly. Last thing they need on their minds is whether a split second action they may need to take will be analyzed and/or misinterpreted by one of their fellow members in a book to be made public.
No one individual should take it upon themselves to decide what is classified and what is not. I would feel different about this book if it was written to expose major wrong doing or action that goes against American principles but that's not the case.
Yes, there are discrepancies between the official version and this book's version but nothing earth shattering. Mark Bissonnette has offered to share the profits of this book with different military charities. It should be noted that the Navy SEAL Foundation is refusing to take any of the money.