The Deed is All, Not The Glory

These words hang on a sign at the back entrance of certain units within JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), which in itself explains the current problem and conflict created in the SEAL community. It’s likely why the SEAL Admiral and Master Chief sent out a stern letter seemingly directed at Matt Bissonette and Robert O’Neill with regards to their media blitz. I’ll explain the meaning of these words later.

This article represents my own opinions and in no way represents the Naval Special Warfare community. Hopefully, by reading the lines, and in between them, you can arrive at a better interpretation of the recent media drama surrounding “Who shot UBL?” and why Naval Special Warfare (NSW) leadership is rightfully upset.

Putting A Rumor To Bed

SOFREP’s contributing editors are comprised of former Special Operations veterans from US and Coalition units. By composition, we admittedly have a pro-SOF (Special Operations Forces) bias. It’s not our preference, nor is it in our best interests, to dig up dirt on SOF units or commands.

In the past, we’ve actually had some very positive exchanges with senior members of U.S. Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) about media-related issues. Before I turned over the Editor-in-Chief position to Jack Murphy, I did my best to warn them about bad things we heard on the street as it related to the main stream news press. And as much as we try to stay out of Special Ops drama, some topics become unavoidable, and sometimes Operators themselves from commands or units force our involvement.

Such is the case with Bissonette and O’Neill. We had no interest in outing Robert O’Neill, it was only after we learned he intended to come out on Fox news that one of our writers named him. We’ve known about him for a long time.

The editors of this website have heard other rumors floating around the Internet and not-so-secret SOF facebook pages regarding SOFREP’s involvement in the UBL and Team 6 drama. Some are outlandish, and some require a deeper look. We’ve heard, “SOFREP is writing a war crimes book”, “Brandon and Jack are trying to bring down ST6…” and many others.

At the top of the list is a rumor perpetuated by Matt Bissonette himself. Bissonette made a public statement on his Instagram account that I was in fact responsible for his NCIS investigation. He even quotes mysterious sources in his post.