As a former Air Force public affairs officer and author of two books that involve military subject matter, I have an affinity for reporting on military-related topics and scandals. One of those is an incident which resulted in the single-largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history. Below are my Top Four “Extortion 17″ stories of 2013:
#4. Tragedy Ensues After AC-130 Gunship Crew Not Allowed to Engage Afghan ‘Squirters’ — I asked an extremely-serious question about the decision made by U.S. military officials involved in OPERATION LEFTY GROVE, the effort that cost 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, their lives.
#3. Did Afghan Officials Play Deadly Role in Navy SEALs Helo Crash? — In this piece, I shared the reasons why I’m convinced untrustworthy officials at the highest levels of the Afghan government were responsible for the loss of Extortion 17.
#2. BETRAYED: Compelling Book by Father of Fallen Navy SEAL — I shared details about the book into which Billy Vaughn poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
#1. EXTORTION 17: Former Army Green Beret Offers His Take on Deadly Navy SEALs Mission — A former Army Green Beret, shared his expert observations and raised some serious questions about the extremely-controversial mission.
SEE ALSO: My latest piece on Extortion 17, SOURCE: House Committee to Ignore ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Tied to SEAL TEAM SIX Deaths, published Monday.
If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books. Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today! Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com.