In 2005, a Navy Seal team dropped into Afghanistan encountered goat herders who clearly intended to inform the Taliban of their whereabouts. The team leader ordered them released, against his better military judgment, because of his worries about the media and political attacks that would follow.I would have difficulty expressing how angry that sequence of events makes me, so I won't try to express it. I'll note only that our military's consideration in such circumstances wins us no respect or fear or gratitude from our enemies. Those brave Americans lost their lives for less than nothing.
In less than an hour, more than 80 Taliban fighters attacked and killed all but one member of the Seal team and 16 Americans on a helicopter rescue mission.