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Lone Survivor—And Who Was Doing the Thinking That Fateful Time?

navy sealsThis is not a review of Lone Survivor, a competent war movie—minus one major detail that needs to be stated: the film is shot in New Mexico, on the assumption that none of us have ever visited the state and it will, therefore, be a perfect stand-in for Afghanistan. Having been to New Mexico twice, and recognizing the place within minutes, I had trouble in suspending disbelief. But never mind that: Hollywood’s permanent assumption is that moviegoers are far from discerning so, enough said. The problem stems from the story itself, if it is faithful to the events as they occurred in actuality.

During the War in Afghanistan, a highly trained four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team is dropped from a helicopter via fastrope in a saddle between two mountains. Their mission is to observe an Area of Interest, looking in particular for the commander of a group of fighters, Ahmad Shah.… Read the rest

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New Real-Life Role Playing Game: Kill Bin Laden

Only in the USA folks, courtesy of ABC News:
Osama bin Laden has been dead for more than a year, but dozens of  people are shelling out big bucks to kill him again in a real-life, role-play game in Minnesota. Sealed Mindset Firearms Studio, which teaches firearms and personal safety in New Hope, Minn., is offering a special, limited-time exercise in which people can enact a SEAL-type mission and kill a fake bin Laden. Billed as a “Navy SEAL Adventure,” the session simulates an actual SEAL operation. A description on the company’s website says the two-hour operation begins with a briefing in which participants will learn their target is named “Geronimo.” Geronimo was the code name for the operation that killed bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 2, 2011....
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Role-Playing Service Allows Americans To Act Out The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden

The 9/11 mastermind is dying a thousand deaths, in Minnesota, strangely. Via Oddity Central:

Retired Navy SEAL Larry Yacht opened Sealed Mindset, a 10,000-square-feet gun-safety and defense instruction center in New Hope, Minnesota, where he hosts a high-end role-playing game that offers people the chance to shoot and kill terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

Since its inauguration in April, 137 people have signed up to take out the Al-qaida leader in a re-enactment of the famous Pakistan raid. A man wearing a white robe and fake beard plays the dreaded terrorist and the would-be SEALS led by Yacht himself have to infiltrate his hideout, reach his room and finally take him out with a few paintball rounds.

The experience of taking out Osama bin Laden in the re-enactment of the famous SEALS raid costs $325, and according to the testimonies of previous participants, it’s totally worth the price.

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