Saturday, August 06, 2011
In the category of news that will hit you in the gut, 31 American soldiers and 7 Afghan friendlies died today when the Taliban apparently took out a loaded Chinook helicopter. The crash resulted in the worst single day for American fatalities since the war in Afghanistan began almost ten years ago. That's bad news.
The worst news? Apparently the "majority of those killed in the crash" were members of Navy Seal Team 6, the unit that took out Osama Bin Laden, "according to AP sources."
A typical Seal Team consists of six platoons, so it probably has between 250 and 300 men. That means that Seal Team 6 lost 10% of its ranks in today's fighting, a startling proportion by contemporary standards.
Of course, one is forced to wonder whether the Taliban did in fact kill soldiers who killed Osama Bin Laden. If so, that would be a substantial propaganda victory and a potential shot in the arm for allied jihadis.
All of which raises the next obvious question: Why did the Administration leak the obviously classified information that the men on that Chinook came from Seal Team 6? It makes no sense, unless its motive was to bum us all out and hand a public relations victory to our enemy.
This is the first I have heard about this. No political or geopolitical speculation from me for now. I just want to say this is a very sad day for our country and my heart goes out to the families of the troops involved.