|I am reading the book Robert's Ridge by Malcolm Mcpherson, and he gives a completely different story about the SEAL Squad that landed on top of the Ridge (which ultimately resulted in the death of Devgru operator Neil Robertson).
The book says that the plan was to land on the bottom of the mountain and climb up, but that was scrapped because a B52 was in the area, and when the B-52 cleared the area, the chopper had engine damage (elapsed time was 3:30 hours). After that, the Squad leader called HQ to ask for permission to delay the mission another night (he didn't want to be pushing daylight when his squad completed it's climg to the top of the ridge), and HQ pressured him to continue the mission. By this time, a Spectre had already looked through their heat signature radar and said the Ridge was clear...this was when the team leader decided to "Break the rules" (his words) SO HE COULD COMPLETE THE MISSION AND HELP OUT THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISON
I thought this was important to show some of you (Horsesoldier in particular) that this incident was not caused by stupidity, it was caused by bravery. The courage to land on top of a Op ("Break the rules") so the SEALs could help out the 10th Mountain Soldiers and complete their mission.
I think we can quit questioning the expertise of Devgru and the SEAL teams. They have performed very well in the War on Terror, in many situations that we will probably never know about.