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Too many inconsistancies, innacuracies, and contradictions
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2019
I was excited to read this book, however some red flags came up early with some inconsistencies and contradictions, and those only continued as the book went on. I commend the sailor for his service and his bravery in combat, and I offer my condolences for the men he lost. I have nothing negative to say about the author, only the book. It's unfortunate because the true story is so fascinating and the bravery of what those men did is incomprehensible. Unfortunately, I think the book does disservice to what they actually did.
This is similar to American Sniper where Chris Kyle had an amazing story, but tainted it with too much fabrications and false claims. The actual story would have been great through.
* He talks about the silent warriors who need no recognition for what they do, yet he writes a book demanding recognition for what they do, and boasting throughout the book about their accomplishments, abilities, and importance.
* He complains about the rules of combat and inability to kill civilians when he wants to, and sites the fact that it has been done in war for "a million" years, but then complains about the enemy that what they are doing killing civilians is barbaric and from the middle ages.
*Complains about the enemy being barbaric, yet defends the torture at Abu Garib
*Talks about how the SEALS will gladly do whatever their government asks including die, but then complains about the "suits" who don't know what the hell they are doing and shouldn't be telling them how to fight a war.
*Talks about the how SEALS have no fear and would gladly fight to the death with no signs of fear, yet he starts the book with the memory of his fellow sealing crying out to him to help save him. (please note, I have no doubt these are the bravest of men, and there is no shame is calling out for help of being afraid... my point is only that he contradicts himself.)
*promotes the long since debunked WMD myth from Iraq
*promotes the long since debunked link of Al Qaeda to Saddam.
*describes the enemy fighting for a god that condones killing civilians, then talks about how the SEALS fight for their own God, and that killing Civilians is a normal part of wars throughout history and necessary.
*Describes the enemy numbers at over 100 when most reports say there were probably no more than 20-40 men.
*Describes killing dozens of enemy, however the Marines were unable to recover any bodies or confirm any kills.
*Describes the only options as killing the goat herders or letting them go, however there were other options such as taking them captive and aborting the mission.
*Talks about Ahmed Shah as being one of the highest ranking Al Qaeda leader, however he was not.
*(this one is not an inconsistency, but just detracts from the book) Goes on a long tirade about the liberal media, politicians, and liberals in general. Too political.