Can’t help myself, but this scab needs picking. There is one part of the now infamous Nick Schmidle account that appears to have been accepted at face value but is pure bullshit. Here’s the crazy portion:
The Americans hurried toward the bedroom door. The first SEAL pushed it open. Two of bin Laden’s wives had placed themselves in front of him. Amal al-Fatah, bin Laden’s fifth wife, was screaming in Arabic. She motioned as if she were going to charge; the SEAL lowered his sights and shot her once, in the calf. Fearing that one or both women were wearing suicide jackets, he stepped forward, wrapped them in a bear hug, and drove them aside. He would almost certainly have been killed had they blown themselves up, but by blanketing them he would have absorbed some of the blast and potentially saved the two SEALs behind him. In the end, neither woman was wearing an explosive vest.
A second SEAL stepped into the room and trained the infrared laser of his M4 on bin Laden’s chest. The Al Qaeda chief, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him—it wasn’t a split-second decision.
Give the kid some credit, a great frigging action scene. But that’s not what happened. Navy SEALs are not NY City police officers. They have different rules of engagement. They do not shoot to wound. We are asked to believe that two women are standing in front of Osama Bin Laden. STANDING is the key. And, the SEALs entertain the possibility, per Mr. Schmidle, that the ladies are attired in an exploding vest from the Jihadi’s Secret lingerie catalogue for islamic extremists. So they only shoot one of the ladies in the calf?
How does that work? Was she standing facing Bin Laden? Or was she “motioning as if she were going to charge,” which means she is facing the SEAL.
This is pure hokum. That’s not what happened. SEALs shoot to kill, especially if they are threatened with the possibility of a suicide vest. And a guy with a loaded weapon is going to grab two women and “hug them?” You are going to get into a wrestling match with two crazed chicks? Not gonna happen. Getting that close to two people who are still active runs the risk that they could grab your weapon and shoot you, male or female. The SEALs who carried out this mission are not that stupid or reckless.
I personally don’t know exactly what happened in that room, but I do know with certainty that the SEALs who carried out this mission are not the morons portrayed in this account. Either they feared the women were wearing suicide vests, in which case they would have dispatched them with head shots. Or, that is just John Brennan bullshit spoon fed to a naive, inexperienced reporter.
Either way, this part of the story is bogus.