Rob O’Neill, the SEAL Team Six member who is said to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, has signed on as a contributor for the Fox News Channel, the network announced in a statement Thursday.
Rob O’Neill is an American hero who dedicated his life to serving our country and protecting our freedoms. It’s incredibly rare to have someone in a television contributor role with his leadership experience and expertise at the fighting unit level. His military insight will be a major asset to the network and we are honored to have him.
Fox News featured O’Neill extensively in a documentary last November entitled, The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden. During the series, O’Neill told reporter Peter Doocy he and his fellow Navy SEALs believed going to Abbottabad to take out bin Laden in 2011 was a suicide mission.
The more we trained on it, the more we realized this is gonna be a one-way mission. We’re gonna go and we’re not gonna come back. We’re going to die when the house blows up, we’re going to die when he blows up, or we’re going to be there too long, we get arrested by the Pakistanis, and we’re going to spend the rest of our lives in a Pakistan prison.
The Daily Mail pointed out the newest member of the Fox News team has received criticism from officials and other Navy SEALs for revealing himself as the bin Laden killer.
Still, O’Neill is a highly decorated officer, as his biography shows. He earned 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 — decorated a total of 52 times. He retired from the Navy in 2012.
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h/t: Capital New York