Book review – Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

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Book review - Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs

faustaBook review by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz

Eyes On Tar­get: Inside Sto­ries from the Broth­er­hood of the U.S. Navy SEALs by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter, is a grip­ping read in many ways:
It tells the story of a group of men who will give their all to pro­tect our coun­try, from the point of view of sev­eral of the men them­selves.
It is the his­tory of the most-​feared anti-​terrorist force in the world.
And, as the book jacket aptly describes, it

is an inside account of some of the most har­row­ing mis­sions in Amer­i­can history-​including the mis­sion to kill Osama bin Laden and the mis­sion that wasn’t, the deadly attack on the US diplo­matic out­post in Beng­hazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hun­dred ter­ror­ists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

The book could be divided in three sec­tions: The his­tory of the SEALs, and how they evolved ‘from pirates to pro­fes­sion­als’; the mis­sions in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beng­hazi (which actu­ally was not a mis­sion); and the Appen­dix and notes, which includes The US House Repub­li­can Con­fer­ence Interim Progress Report on the events sur­round­ing the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2012 Ter­ror­ist Attacks in Benghazi.

Not to be missed is chap­ter eleven, “Why the Unique Cul­ture of the SEALs mat­ters,” where McEwen and Miniter make the case for why

We must, as a soci­ety, keep a group of war­riors free of pol­i­tics and bureau­cracy, free of the dis­trac­tions that keep them from doing their vital work.

While the Obama admin­is­tra­tion and its apol­o­gists con­tinue to refer to the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2012 attack in Beng­hazi as a fake, phony scan­dal (a Google search yields 553,000 results on beng­hazi fake scan­dal), the details of the attack, as item­ized on chap­ter ten, belie this “fake, phony scan­dal” narrative.

Authors Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter thor­oughly researched the offi­cial time­lines of the Defense Depart­ment, the State Depart­ment, con­gres­sional reports, Arabic-​language news­pa­pers and Amer­i­can media to con­struct the most detailed time­line of the 911 attack in Beng­hazi. They go back to April 5, 2011 and start with Ambas­sador Chris Stevens’s arrival in Beng­hazi, end­ing with the Sep­tem­ber 12 arrival of the Marine FAST pla­toon in Tripoli at 8:56PM, a full twenty-​four hours after the attack began.

Eyes On Tar­get is a grip­ping, well-​researched, mov­ing account of a group of heroic men, a book both for his­tory lovers and espe­cially for the gen­eral reader who wants to know the facts on Benghazi.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on US and Latin Amer­ica pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

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faustaBook review by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz

Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter, is a gripping read in many ways:
It tells the story of a group of men who will give their all to protect our country, from the point of view of several of the men themselves.
It is the history of the most-feared anti-terrorist force in the world.
And, as the book jacket aptly describes, it

is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn’t, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

The book could be divided in three sections: The history of the SEALs, and how they evolved ‘from pirates to professionals’; the missions in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Benghazi (which actually was not a mission); and the Appendix and notes, which includes The US House Republican Conference Interim Progress Report on the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi.

Not to be missed is chapter eleven, “Why the Unique Culture of the SEALs matters,” where McEwen and Miniter make the case for why

We must, as a society, keep a group of warriors free of politics and bureaucracy, free of the distractions that keep them from doing their vital work.

While the Obama administration and its apologists continue to refer to the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi as a fake, phony scandal (a Google search yields 553,000 results on benghazi fake scandal), the details of the attack, as itemized on chapter ten, belie this “fake, phony scandal” narrative.

Authors Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter thoroughly researched the official timelines of the Defense Department, the State Department, congressional reports, Arabic-language newspapers and American media to construct the most detailed timeline of the 9/11 attack in Benghazi. They go back to April 5, 2011 and start with Ambassador Chris Stevens’s arrival in Benghazi, ending with the September 12 arrival of the Marine FAST platoon in Tripoli at 8:56PM, a full twenty-four hours after the attack began.

Eyes On Target is a gripping, well-researched, moving account of a group of heroic men, a book both for history lovers and especially for the general reader who wants to know the facts on Benghazi.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on US and Latin America politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

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