Many of the special operations advocacy groups that are critical of Obama also openly identify members. One of the groups is run by retired Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke, who touts his time years ago at SEAL Team 6, the top secret unit that carried out the bin Laden raid.
Even Special Operations Command made an exception to its normal reticence with the media when it signed off on this year’s movie “Act of Valor,” which followed active duty SEALs carrying out training exercises that were turned into what looked like real action scenes for the film.
McRaven wrote that there was a difference between “Act of Valor”, which was approved by the command as a recruiting tool, and some of the other recent publications.
“There is, in my opinion, a distinct line between recounting a story for…education or entertainment and telling a story that exposes sensitive activities just to garner greater readership and personal profit,” he wrote.
The author of “No Easy Day” is slated to appear on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” on Sept. 9th. The book is already listed as one of the top 10 books on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.
The publisher says the author will be donating the majority of the proceeds from the book to charities.
Associated Press writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report from New York.