Tuesday, September 18, 2012

And Matt Bissonnette gave them exactly what they wanted. And the story was different from the official, heroic version. Like so: "The White House initially said that bin Laden had 'engaged in a firefight' and used a woman as a shield. Later, officials said that he was unarmed and that one of his wives rushed the SEALs and was shot. Bissonnette says bin Laden was shot in the head as he peeked out of his bedroom. Then, as he lay bleeding on his bedroom floor, Bissonnette and another SEAL 'fired several rounds' into his chest 'until he was motionless.'"

If you're one of the very few people who initially objected to the fact that the US government assassinated bin Laden in cold blood and dumped his body into the ocean, rather than, say, bringing him to trial, congratulations. The farce of this situation should be even more amusing to you. Matt Bissonnette told the truth. The truth was a secret. Therefore, Matt Bissonnette must be punished and branded a traitor, a prospect that would have seemed unthinkable just a year ago, and would have drawn outraged accusations of "hating heroes" and "not supporting our troops." It's fair to say that in the days after bin Laden's death, America would have happily brushed off any revelations that a SEAL who shot him was a drunk driver, a wife beater, an animal torturer, a statutory rapist. "Yeah, a statutory rapist HERO. God bless America."

But Matt Bissonnette did something far worse: he ruined the narrative. And for that, he must pay.