When I saw the advertisements role out for CBS’s SEAL Team a few months ago, I could almost hear the collective muttering of expletives under the breath of the entire veteran community. In recent years, much to the chagrin of the military community, both Hollywood and the publishing industry have embraced the stories of the elite sailors who served in the Navy’s SEAL teams, and inundated the public with tales of their exploits. Since 9/11, there have been at least 12 major motion pictures that featured Navy SEALs, not including History Channel's latest episodic SEAL Team Six drama, Six. It has left many of the nation’s veterans wondering if Hollywood, or the nation for that matter, cares about any military history other than that of the SEALs.
After a young American doctor is kidnapped by Islamic extremists near the Syrian capital of Damascus, a crack team of special operators and clandestine agents, backed up by an army of intelligence experts in the States, is tasked with a rescue. So begins a daring mission involving the liberal application of close-quarters combat, gunplay, ad hoc disguises, and well-timed semtex explosives.
Somewhere in Liberia, a notorious Islamic State commander has been spotted meeting with jihadist groups active in the area. Members of SEAL Team 6 — the Navy’s elite Tier One operators — led by Jason Hayes, (David Boreanaz of Bones’ fame), fast rope into the village where the target is holed up. The team mows down the bad guys, clearing rooms and pieing corners with precision, before making their way into a labyrinthine tunnel system under the building to apprehend their quarry. Then everything goes sideways.
Famed CBS television correspondent Morley Safer died on May 19 at his home in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 84, just a week after retiring from almost five decades as the mainstay of “60 Minutes.”