He was not my friend. He was the husband of a very close friend. I never got a chance to meet him. Nor was he a SEAL. He was the CO of the Nightstalker team that dropped them and then attempted to extract them. I knew a few SEALS while I was still living in Panama City. There was some advanced diving work being done there. All I knew about them was that if two or more of them entered a bar together, you left. They were assholes. My brother's experience with them was different. He trained extensively with them down in Key West, but never partied with them. He has not had a drink since he got back from Panama. He only knew them when they were sober and doing what SEALS were trained to do. I'm not one of those special ops worshipping types. I have a lot of respect for Army Special Forces because I know what they go through to earn that beret and I understand the significant intellectual qualifications and know about the humanitarian side of their mission. I don't believe that "humanitarian" or "intellectual" applies to anything the SEALS do. They are not linguists, don't serve a significant role in intelligence, nor do they shape foreign policy based on the contacts they have with indigenous populations. No question they are brave, but I'm not sure they deserve the adoration our culture heaps on them.