The mission to get Osama bin Laden

Bar none, the most riveting article you’ll read this week. The New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle interviewed principals involved in the raid to kill that porn-addicted medieval psychopath bin Laden –including members of SEAL Team 6– and put together an account of the mission from planning stages to aftermath that you won’t be able to put down. An excerpt:

The SEALs’ destination was a house in the small city of Abbottabad, which is about a hundred and twenty miles across the Pakistan border. Situated north of Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, Abbottabad is in the foothills of the Pir Panjal Range, and is popular in the summertime with families seeking relief from the blistering heat farther south. Founded in 1853 by a British major named James Abbott, the city became the home of a prestigious military academy after the creation of Pakistan, in 1947. According to information gathered by the Central Intelligence Agency, bin Laden was holed up on the third floor of a house in a one-acre compound just off Kakul Road in Bilal Town, a middle-class neighborhood less than a mile from the entrance to the academy. If all went according to plan, the SEALs would drop from the helicopters into the compound, overpower bin Laden’s guards, shoot and kill him at close range, and then take the corpse back to Afghanistan.

In other words, no matter what was said publicly, this was a mission to kill, not capture. Fine by me. I figure anyone objecting to this is either a hopeless pacifist, someone who thinks this a law enforcement matter rather than a war, or a transnationalist who can’t stand the idea of nation-states actually defending themselves by any means more stern than a press conference, a memo of concern, and perhaps sniffing “unacceptable” if the terrorist atrocity is really bad.

(In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t have much regard for those types. None at all, actually.)

Anyway, on reading this, here are three things that jumped out at me:

  • After weeks of training, we were this close to having the mission turn into another Eagle Claw. Helicopters are darned difficult to control in restricted areas.
  • I want to meet the guy code-named “Ahmed,” the Pakistani-American who pretended to be a Pakistani cop to keep curious locals away while our guys were inside killing the world’s most wanted man. His assignment prior to this raid: a desk job.
  • As of the article’s writing, the President of the United States does not know who fired the kill shot(s). He didn’t ask, and the SEALs didn’t offer. Probably for security reasons. That secret may well go to the grave.

Anyway, after weeks of wondering if our government can do anything right, here’s something that shows they can, and do it superbly.

Enjoy.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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One Response to The mission to get Osama bin Laden

  1. Heather Rusk says:

    . I believe America had every right to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden. He was the mastermind and planned not only the worst attack on American soil, killing over 3,000 US Citizens, but he is also responsible for dozens of more terrorist attacks. Looking at his attacks killing thousands including the attack on the US Cole in Yemen, several embassy bombings, attacks in Amsterdam and throughout Europe the Middle East. Bin Laden was not just an enemy of the United States but of the entire free world! He destroyed one of our cities and took thousands of lives. Not to mention all the heart ache and suffering family and friends had to go through after the fact. Osama went against his countries own beliefs to kill innocent people in America and other countries for no reason, but his pleasure. Showing nothing but betrayal he continually ran and hid for years. Every action Bin Laden took against us only suppressed his belief system and his own people. For his actions his whole country is suffering having to deal with American soldiers in their everyday life now. Osama Bin Laden’s death was absolutely justifiable! He again went against his religious beliefs and took the lives of thousands of innocent people. Our US soldiers were able to sacrifice one life that killed thousands of people, not only American people. We made peace for the US and all the other countries that lost people due to his ignorance. I think we even made peace with the civilians in his country too! Was this a way of proving that we do not give up on any terrorists who attack the US? I think this definitely gave a little closure on terrorist attacks in the US. Now that other countries have seen the US does not play around when it comes to protecting our country.

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