The more we learn about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, the more we have to admire the people involved.
First, the CIA officers. Who, for two years, patiently tracked down every lead. Sorted through tons of intelligence. Followed many false trails. Until they finally located bin Laden – far from where we thought he’d been hanging out – not in a cave, but in an affluent neighborhood of a city in northern Pakistan.
Then, the Navy Seals. Who trained for this mission. Who rehearsed every possible contingency. Who even had a Plan B ready in case one of their helicopters broke down, which it did. Who were prepared to take Osama bin Laden dead or alive. And who put their lives on the line to go in after him.
And, of course, President Obama. Who ordered the operation. Who was presented with only circumstantial evidence that Osama was in the compound. Who rejected the bombing of the compound. But who made the decision, despite the contrary advice of military officials, to send in the Navy Seals.
It was, Intelligence Advisor John Brennan told us, “one of the gutsiest decisions made by any modern president.”
Today, the CIA, the Navy Seals, and President Obama – make us all proud to be Americans.
That’s my parting shot for today.