In a recorded radio interview to be broadcast in full Sunday, a former Navy SEAL team leader in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden criticized Washington’s handling of the war on terror, including the U.S. response to ISIS
The former SEAL, who wrote the controversial 2012 bestselling book “No Easy Day” under the pen name Mark Owen, conducted a prerecorded interview for the popular weekend talk show “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer.
An advanced recording of the interview was obtained by WND.
Klein asked Owen to rate the U.S. government’s war on terror amid ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria and the rise of al-Qaida-linked groups in Libya and beyond.
While stressing that he doesn’t like to get political, Owen stated: “We have a saying: ‘In the absence of order, take charge and lead.’ I don’t think there’s any leadership going on right now. All right.”
Continued Owen: “I heard somebody speak recently, and they said the number one threat to the national security to the United States of America is Washington, D.C.’s inability to make a decision. I have to agree with that. Eventually, somebody needs to make a decision. Right, wrong or otherwise.”
Owen did not mention President Obama by name. He took aim at Washington leadership as well as the Pentagon for its lack of a coherent policy in the war on terror.
“If you are a leader, make a decision. And if you’re an elected official or general or whoever it is, make a decision and let’s move forward on it,” he told Klein.
Owen is the pen name meant to protect the SEAL’s identity. However, news media has widely exposed his real name to be Matt Bissonnette.
Owen next week plans a promotional tour for his latest book, “No Hero,” in which he opens up about his transition to civilian life and relates ways his SEAL training can be applied to everyday situations.
He has been under criminal investigation for the writing of “No Easy Day,” in which he detailed his experiences as a SEAL Team 6 member in Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
Owen and his publisher did not submit the book to the Defense Department for vetting, leading to Pentagon charges it used classified information.
Owen is at the center of a dispute with another member of the SEAL team in the bin Laden raid. Robert O’Neill, 38, this week publically identified himself as the man who killed bin Laden.
Yet, Owen claimed in “No Easy Day” the fatal shot was fired by another SEAL team member.
Owen and O’Neill were roundly condemned for going public in an open letter by two senior SEAL leaders.
Rear Admiral Brian Losey, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, and Force Master Chief Michael Magaraci slammed Owen and O’Neill for violating the ethos of living up to the standard of “quiet professionals.”