Quote of the day

team-6“My wife doesn’t want me to stay in one more minute than I have to,” he says. But he’s several years away from official retirement. “I agree that civilian life is scary. And I’ve got a family to take care of. Most of us have nothing to offer the public. We can track down and kill the enemy really well, but that’s it.

“If I get killed on this next deployment, I know my family will be taken care of.” (The Navy does offer decent life-insurance policies at low rates.) “College will be paid for, they’ll be fine.

“But if I come back alive and retire, I won’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out for the rest of my life. Sad to say, it’s better if I get killed.”

– Phil Bronstein, quoting an unnamed SEAL Team 6 operator, in just one of the many stark, profound realities revealed in Bronstein’s excellent and much-discussed article “The Shooter,” written for Esquire magazine, about the Navy SEAL who actually shot and killed Osama bin Laden. Hopefully more on this will be coming later.

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2 comments
  1. Our GIs are coming back from service and are swept aside by the powers that be. Instead, they should be retrained for return to civilian life, at the VERY least.

    • kipp said:

      Couldn’t agree more.

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