Saturday, August 6, 2011

SEAL Team 6? Why?

Three months after they killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan and cemented their place in military legend, the SEALs suffered a devastating loss when nearly two dozen of the elite troops were among 30 Americans who died when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan early Saturday.
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In the early hours Saturday, the SEALs joined other U.S. Special Operations forces on a raid in Wardak province, west of Kabul, the capital. Such is the clockwork regularity of these nighttime raids that they have become almost routine.

But this one went horribly awry.

What was so important about this "almost routine" mission that these elite soldiers had to get involved? Why are so many put on a single chopper? It seems that they should be divided up into several groups so something like this can't happen.

But considering the secrecy surrounding this group, we probably really don't know what happened, and perhaps never will.