Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill served his country in 400 combat missions for 16 years, shooting and killing Osama Bin Laden in arguably the most famous, deadliest attack in modern American history.
The Montana native knows more than most about confronting terrorists and the grim realities of war.
But while watching the bloodthirsty Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine from afar, he’s watched soldiers die for a leader who’s “lost his marbles” with an endgame to cement his place in the history books, and witnesses react to the US with what he perceives as weakness.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, the decorated veteran criticized the Biden administration for canceling a nuclear missile test last weekend as Russian forces began attacking Ukrainian civilians and how the Pentagon is more concerned with their climate change agenda than they are. to scare Putin.
“You don’t beat a madman with nuclear weapons, with weakness. It’s like trying to stop a bully in the school yard by plaguing him, it’s bullshit.
“When I was employed, the main concern was whether you could do the job. Now they (the Pentagon) are wasting time and resources to make warships green. The unfortunate truth is that Russia and China laugh at us when we talk about climate change in the military.”
He said he doesn’t care about his legacy, despite killing the Al Qaeda founder after a 10-year hunt, and that he only cares about his children.
O’Neill also said politicians like Lindsey Graham shouldn’t talk about killing Vladimir Putin for TV ratings, but he insisted he wouldn’t oppose anyone in the Kremlin’s inner circle to get Putin out.” like Julius Caesar’.
Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who shot Osama Bin Laden, criticized the Biden administration for canceling a nuclear missile test as Russian forces began attacking Ukrainian civilians and how the Pentagon is more concerned with their climate change agenda than Putin to deter
“The level of corruption is as high as ever in the United States. These politicians are talking from both sides of their mouths. They say one thing and vote for the other. They need handlers.”
He was a member of the SEAL Team Six that defeated the mastermind behind 9/11 in the deadly attack in Abbottabad in 2010 and has been portrayed on the big screen in Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips and Lone Survivor.
He has now published a book with Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer called ‘The way forward‘ about lessons from their lives and military careers.
The SEAL was decorated 52 times and left as a senior non-commissioned officer. His awards include two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.
O’Neill admitted that he initially did not think Putin would invade Ukraine because he “made the mistake of understanding the decision of an insane man.”
He believed the Russian leader would manipulate the West into spending more money on defense by stationing hundreds of thousands of troops at the border, but never go inside. He admits he was wrong.
With the Ukrainian resistance shooting down helicopters and fighter jets, he fears Putin will switch to heavy long-range artillery. Pentagon officials have already indicated that it is happening with Russian attacks in western Ukraine, just 60 miles from the Polish border.
He said the US is “crushing” Russia with crippling economic sanctions, but they still need an “attitude of strength.”
‘Then it gets extremely bloody. Then it becomes real,” he said of Russian missiles coming from above the horizon and landing in Ukrainian cities full of civilians.
‘We haven’t seen anything like this since 1939. We joked about movies where they said a virus would cause a lockdown. We thought that was crazy. I’m a big believer in normality bias, that something bad can never happen because it never happened.’
When the United States starts talking about climate change as “the number one concern for national security,” he says, the rest of the world will begin to make fun of us.
“They worry about greening their warships and then theirs, and I’ve had people still in the military get off special operators because instead of going to the firing range or the weight room and train for war, ‘take lessons on gender studies white rage.’
He called climate initiatives “ridiculous,” especially with growing fears that Putin could go over nuclear weapons during the conflict.
The United States has decided that we are going to be the good guys by saving snapping turtles, and the planet is going to be ‘a lot hotter, faster’ with nuclear war.
O’Neill also said politicians like Lindsey Graham shouldn’t talk about killing Vladimir Putin for TV ratings, but insisted he wouldn’t oppose anyone in the Kremlin’s inner circle to get Putin out “like Julius.” Caesar’
He said he hopes the invasion will reach a point where the Russians will be “kicked in the ass so hard” that the West and Ukraine will strike a deal with Moscow to give them a way out.
‘I am an optimist and that is my hope. But my prediction was so bad in the beginning, that’s me. I’m just going for what I hope happens.
“Most people in the world agree with that. There is one person who can stop this. He just has to stop doing it.’
He has now published a book with Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer called “The Way Forward” about lessons from their lives and military careers.
He says he becomes upset when videos of shot down Russian helicopters are shared all over social media.
“There are Russians on those planes, and I’ve had friends die in a helicopter crash, and there’s nothing fun about that.
“Most soldiers don’t want to be there. It’s all because a man in the Kremlin lost his marbles.”
O’Neill said there was no way the US could do to Putin what he did to bin Laden by killing him in a SEAL attack and that most Americans get their ideas about war from TV and social media.
“We need to know where he is and hit him with an air strike. You should figure out how we get into Russia, how they don’t see us and what we do when we land.”
“Leave your video game tactics at home, they don’t work.”
“You cannot correct the past. You can certainly learn from the past and if it didn’t work you could change it. The only thing we have in common is that the clock keeps ticking. So you can live in the past or you can move forward and you can, you can try to do the best you can now and look forward to tomorrow.
“We’ve all had our first day somewhere. We’ve all been scared, but eventually you get used to it and that’s what you can do now. What is the way forward? We are all cut from the same cloth.
He asks why we are constantly “fighting each other” in overseas conflicts and says that most soldiers from opposing sides would get on well if they “sit over a cup of coffee in a cafe in Paris”.
“And how does a fat Montana kid who can’t swim become the Navy seal in Osama’s bedroom. If I can do it, anyone can.”
Rob O’Neill and Dakota Meyer’s The Way Forward is on sale here†
O’Neill said there was no way the US could do to Putin what he did to Bin Laden by killing him in a SEAL attack and that most Americans get their ideas about war from TV and social media
O’Neill is pictured with his wife Jessica at a shooting range. The couple married in 2017