Joe Biden's spineless drivel aside, most SEALs that I have spoken to (Active Duty and Reservists) are NOT HAPPY that the details of the raid to capture or kill bin Laden were divulged and now we know what unit rescued the hostages in Somalia. Identifying the unit after direct action was something that no one has done before to such a level of disregard for the safety of the men of that unit and their families.
Leif Babin, a highly decorated SEAL, in the WSJ expresses the same sentiment that I have heard over and over again...
...A week after the bin Laden raid, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressed dismay about Washington's loose lips, telling a town hall meeting of U.S. Marines at Camp Lejeune: "Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the Situation Room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday—the next day."
Do the president and his top political advisers understand what's at stake for the special-operations forces who carry out these dangerous operations, or the long-term strategic consequences of divulging information about our most highly classified military assets and intelligence capabilities?...
Sadly, I highly doubt that they understand what's at stake (and worry more about politics than honor) and what these efforts mean to the men and the families who do the hard work while they make the "gutsy calls".
[Thanks to Jimmy for sending the article]