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Blackfive vs. Esquire


As Esquire defends it’s Phil Bronstein piece yesterday on the alleged SEAL who shot bin Laden, the milbloggers at Blackfive aren’t convinced, going as far as calling the article “fiction”:

See Mr Phil, I don’t think this is all adding up.  As we’ve seen, ST6 is not a term used anymore; hasn’t been for many years.  And I doubt he’d be using it just in front of you.  Does DELTA still use that name for themselves?  Don’t think so.  That would out a phony pretty quick.

The main thing with this article that really burns is that this ‘SEAL’ is left hanging.  I don’t think that’s the case here.  I think either you’ve been rolled, Mr Phil, or you don’t have the full story, or you don’t know enough to even ask.  See we here at Blackfive constitute a military blog — we have enough experience among us to recognize when something ain’t right — and your story ain’t cutting it so far.  And to me, your background ain’t either.

Why would a team guy go blabbing to a journo with no military cred, who has basically been hanging out in San Fran all his life?   Berkeley, in fact.  Not San Diego, where he might meet a few dudes like this over the years and build rapport.  Or near Ft Bragg, or in Florida.  Hell, even DC.  Is it possible that Phil has ‘connections’ that set him up with this dude, in order to put even more ‘spin’ for the administration?  I’m not going that far…yet. 

Further in his article for Esquire, Phil quotes the wife: “the loss of income and insurance and no pension aside, she can no longer walk onto a local base… they’ve surrendered their military IDs.”  “He’s lost some vision, he can’t get his neck straight for any period of time…”  If this were indeed the case, this is easy stuff to document in the out-processing; and they DO do a medical when you out-process for a separation physical.  Period.  If his vision, alone, was affected, they’d document it.  Neck issues?  The x-rays would pick it up.

He then writes that according to Shooter, ‘’if I come back alive and retire, I won’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of for the rest of my life.’'  So what do you have now?  If Shooter had retired, he’d have an income and med coverage, at a minimum.  So he comes back from the 4-month deployment, leaves, and STILL has nothing?  He’d have been better off waiting.  At 18 years, he could have reached ‘sanctuary’ and been what we call ‘retired on active duty’. 

More and more issues show up the more I read the article.  It’s good fiction, but that’s all it is — fiction. 


The entire Blackfive post here.


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