By Mark ThompsonFeb. 12, 201342 Comments
So: Did the Navy SEAL who allegedly killed Osama bin Laden get — in the provocative word on the cover of the March issue of Esquire magazine — “screwed” by the U.S. government?
Monday’s story released by Esquire about the unnamed — and now former — SEAL who says he killed bin Laden has been kicking up a lot of dust over his claim that the government has tossed him overboard, just as the U.S. military did with bin Laden’s body.
Bin Laden’s body went into the Indian Ocean, from the deck of the carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson. The Shooter, as the article’s author, Phil Bronstein, refers to the man who claims to have killed bin Laden, is still alive but also met an unhappy ending, at least as far as his 16 years of naval service is concerned:
… the Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after 16 years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage and blown disks, here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation:
Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.