Robert O’Neill is a former US Special Forces soldier who shot dead Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011 in his Pakistani HQ. Today, he does not take offense at the outcome of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan, reconquered by the Taliban even before the end of the withdrawal of American troops.
On May 2, 2011, he was in the commando group that infiltrated the very heart of the secure complex in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden had found his last refuge. Better still, it was he who, in his capacity as a sniper, shot down the master of Al-Qaeda, the prime contractor for the September 11, 2001 attacks. And this Sunday, in the columns of JDD, the ex-Navy Seal (the name which designates the special forces of the American Navy) Robert O’Neill confides all the evil which he thinks of the situation reigning now in Afghanistan, a country brought back to the chaos then reconquered by the Taliban even before the end of the withdrawal of the American troops. It’s simple, for him, it is a “shipwreck”.
“The Taliban knew they would win, it’s done”
Make no mistake about it though. The veteran who, on social networks in particular, does not make a secret of either his conservative views or his support for Donald Trump, does not blame his compatriots for doing too little … but for having done too much for such a poor result.
“Our mission was to catch Osama Bin Laden. So we should have gone afterwards. Point bar. So, to witness in addition to such a shipwreck, it is a shame,” he says to the French weekly from New York.
“But I am very sad especially for all those who died there. This evacuation was carried out with political ulterior motives and not in a pragmatic and realistic way” he accuses. He then deplores:
“We did the job to defend our way of life, our democracy and yours, and now we leave everything to them, our equipment, our weapons, our light armored vehicles, our helicopters, which they do not know how to use, not yet. They must be having a good laugh because after all, they always told us, ‘You Americans have the time, and we have the time.’ They knew they would win and it’s done. “
“As if we were going back to September 11, 2001”
According to him, not only is the United States losing much of its international glory in the Afghan drama, but its entire foreign policy is compromised in the immediate future.
“Who today would want to risk their skin by collaborating with American soldiers for a country that will leave you behind? It is not only a disaster for the Afghans, it is also a disaster for the future of the United States. American foreign policy, ”he asks. He even slips: “It’s as if we were back to square one, to September 11, 2001.”