A retired general today assailed the commander of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden for drawing too much media attention to operations that he argued should be kept under wraps.
Special Operations Commander Adm. Bill McRaven was confronted by
retired Lt. Gen. James Vaught, who said he didn’t understand why the recent raids by the Navy SEALs, such as the one to kill Osama bin Laden or to rescue U.S. hthe media“Since the time when your wonderful team went and drugostage Jessica Buchanan, were all over bin Laden out
and got rid of him, and more recently when you went down and rescued the
group in Somalia,
or wherever the hell they were, they’ve been splashing all of this all
over the media,” Vaught, 85, said. “I flat don’t understand that.
“Now back when my special operators extracted Saddam [Hussein] from
the hole, we didn’t say one damn word about it,” he continued. “We
turned him over to the local commander and told him to claim that his
forces drug him out of the hole, and he did so. And we just faded away
and kept our mouth shut.
“Now I’m going to tell you, one of these days, if you keep publishing
how you do this, the other guy’s going to be there ready for you, and
you’re going to fly in and he’s going to shoot down every damn
helicopter and kill every one of your SEALs. Now, watch it happen. Mark
my words. Get the hell out of the media,” he concluded, as laughter
broke out at a meeting of the National Defense Industrial Association in