‘The only easy day was yesterday:’ Navy SEALs creed

There’s no reason for any book to be banned, whether the author breaks military protocol to publish it or not.

“No Easy Day” goes against everything we know about “the enemy” and the “weapons of mass destruction” that mastermind Osama bin Laden possessed, supposedly for use in the attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

The author, assuming the pseudonym Mark Owen in a one-on-one interview with CNN reporter Mallory Simon, confessed that he and the rest of his team had no idea that they had even killed bin Laden until a child pointed him out among the other scattered bodies.

The mere fact that the former employers of the ex-Navy Seal have taken steps to ban his memoir speaks to the validity of the information contained therein.

Before Barack Obama allowed his own name to be further tarnished as it already laid on the tongues of those who couldn’t distinguish “Osama” from “Obama,” Bush wrote that bin Laden had been hiding in a cave further plotting his diabolical schemes. In 2011, Obama made him out to be a bigger threat than he appears to be in this book, as Owen paints a picture of a man lying dead beneath two women who, similarly, were without evident means of recourse.

Journalists possess a duty to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Writers should stick to the same code of ethics when writing about an event that holds the weight of Owen’s book.

After Sept. 11, the nation came together.

Whether out of fear or out of love, people placed the American flag in their car windows and displayed the flag in their front lawns as a testament to the shift in the fabric of the United States.

A reader might say the author’s goal was not to harm or discredit the statements made by Bush, but to sort out his own perception of events. Upon reading about the emotional effect of the experience, Owen’s motives for writing the book seemed more cathartic than combative in light of the facts presented by the government.

Information should be shared equally among the masses so that the public can read between the lines of the documents on both sides of a case.

The problem is the media, as controlled by the monopolies fueled by the federal government, control what is true–the information dolled out is eaten up without a second thought. Now that the previously accepted facts are being called into questions by the novel, consumers are reticent to change their minds.

As the First Amendment suggests, we all have a right to publish, read, write, and believe what we will. Have our troops been made to look like martyrs in the face of an issue that has even more impact on the world than anyone ever imagined?

(Previously published in the Valencia Voice)


  1. You did “Mark Owen” and all quiet warriors a great service by going into the read with an open mind. You came out of it feeling him, and ultimately that was his intent. Not publishing his name is a conscious thought to protect his family, and I applaud you. Extra bonus points for adding the origin of the “No Easy Day” title.

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