On August 6, 2011-three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden-Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17." The attack killed the Air National Guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six-warrior brothers from the same Team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior.
Were the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within? Were the SEALs sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone?
Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former special assistant United States attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day, and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up.
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Don’t see the cover-up
I would love to have more evidence of the incompetence from the current leadership. I was awaiting it with glee, but I don’t see it. Sadly. Aside from a 15 second radio report around the time of the tragedy, this is the only thing I’ve seen about the tragic event. And I don’t see much.
I accept that:
1. the National Guard pilot should not have been flying
2. the SEALs shouldn’t have been on this aircraft
3. some of the load should have been shared with Extortion 16
4. the rules of engagement need to be changed.
But none of those make a conspiracy or a cover-up.
Many of the assumptions the author makes are not compelling and I didn’t endorse the slips of tongue or hovering theories. I wasn’t there. I don’t know. But I wasn’t convinced.
And, as a book, I found it “padded” by repeating the same thoughts, concepts, and phrases over and over again. If I never hear: “the pink elephant in the room” again, it’ll be too soon.
This event seems tragic, but not criminal, and I listened to every word.
The narrator is almost impossible to get past. He sounds like Adam sander putting on his fake voice for the movie little Nicky!! What a disservice and at the 4 minute mark the audio skips and keeps repeating . $24 and what a poor showing for a important story about American patriots
Army National Guard
The flight crew of Extortion 17 was from the Army National Guard not the Air National Guard, which tells me all I need to know about the accuracy of this book.