PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Looking back at the last year since Osama bin Laden was killed, several key players and groups will go down in the history books for carrying out the attack. No role was more important or dangerous than that of the Navy SEALS.
Former SEAL Scott Taylor said politicians need to change the conversation about Navy SEALs. He says himself, the title of SEAL has become more well-known, especially since bin Laden was killed in May 2011. The Virginia Beach based SEAL Team 6 is credited with fulfilling the mission.
Other events in the last few years, such as the SEALs' rescue of an American ship captain from Somali pirates in 2009 and helping free two hostages in Somalia in January 2012, have also brought attention the group.
Taylor said now the SEALs are almost too well known and he believes the fascination started with political leaders.
"It's a shame that we've had folks at the highest levels of authorities speak out and say what specific clandestine unit and what specific mission," Taylor said.
Taylor said Team 6 and all those serving should be recognized for their courage. He said when it comes to specific missions, a SEAL should always be anonymous.
"It could have easily been said that it was American coalition forces that, special forces if you will, that took out Osama bin Laden," said Taylor.
He added, there is something to remember about the group and bin Laden's death.
"We also need to understand that over the last decade there have been thousands of equally daring missions that these men have gone through and sacrificed for," said Taylor.
His hope is that the SEALs' mission will continue to be a tightly guarded secret, while we still reflect on the outcome of their service.
"I think looking back historically, it was a great, of course we don't want to celebrate someone's death, but, it was a great victory and justice for the American people."
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