—Wilton Marchman, Hampton
A: Had the Army been chosen, Delta Force, not the Rangers, likely would have carried out the 2011 mission to kill bin Laden. There's no official explanation why SEAL Team 6 was selected, but a retired Army Green Beret told the Washington Times in 2012 that it was due to the fact that Adm. William H. McRaven, a former SEAL, commanded the Joint Special Operations Command at the time.
“All I’ve heard and observed is that he is obviously pro-SEAL, and that explains why Delta has been sidelined,” he told the paper. McRaven went on to command U.S. Special Operations Command before he retired. A spokesman told the paper: “There are some units we do not discuss.”
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