Grandstanding so soon after a sensitive mission of this nature may lead to SEAL Team Six (redacted) relocating, a change in unit designation, and perhaps restructuring from the ground up in order to flush out whatever problems the unit has been having.
The timing around the publishing of a blow-by-blow account of the raid so soon after the event itself, with warfighters in theater, still conducting dangerous operations, and a fresh threat chain, may be too much. This book will likely be the tipping point and will result in blowback that will drive policy change across the entire Spec Ops community regarding operators’ ability to write books in the future. Hollywood and media access will be virtually impossible for the foreseeable future.
Legal action against Bissonette is likely, but will come well after November’s elections. However, our opinion is that US SOCOM will be forced to make an example out of Bissonnette and what is perceived as the greatest betrayal the community has ever known. Dark clouds are on the horizon, but Bissonette’s legal team has weathered these types of storms before.
The sad part is that the SEAL teams in general will see a decrease in operational activity and “choice” missions. We are already aware of several operators at SEAL Team Six who have been pulled from regular deployment cycles in order to deal with the aftermath of No Easy Day.
This is one stomach punch that will take a while to recover from.
At SOFREP we also walk a fine line at times, but the editors are careful not to blow the lid on tactics, techniques, and procedure (a unit’s playbook) and active operations. SOFREP discusses what is already open source, but we are certainly not digging into classified operations and we are not interested in exposing operators.
We are aware that we are a part of SOF being in the public eye, but we created this website to correct some of the misconceptions about Spec Ops and to present our units in a positive light. When things are really desperate, we do engage in some blue on blue (friendly fire) and direct critical analysis at our own community.
This is one of those times.
(Read more on ‘Cultural Differences Between Delta Force and SEAL Team Six‘)