More information as it arrives.
The government is stating that bin Laden’s body will be treated according to Islamic customs. Which I hope involves having his head mounted on a pike at the top of the new Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan while the rest of his body is slathered in pig fat and fed to a pack of dogs. Sadly, he will get far more respect from his enemies in death than he ever showed in his life.
The Pakistani government was not informed of the raid before it took place. That’s not surprising – Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, has long been suspected of being in bed with al-Qaeda.
It is also being said that the compound where bin Laden was hiding was constructed five years ago and was made specifically for him. That strongly suggests that at least some elements of the Pakistani government knew that bin Laden was hiding in their country.
It was never really doubtful that bin Laden was in Pakistan, but it’s surprising that he was so close to the Pakistani capital. Then again, there were always rumors floating about that bin Laden was hiding in an urban area rather than the desolate mountains and rivers of the Afghan/Pakistan border.
Allegedly, this was the location of bin Laden’s hideout. It seems too close to the center of town to be right, but it does match the general description of the site.
Marc Ambinder is reporting that the former Seal Team Six performed the operation with help from unmanned drones and helicopters.
Bin Laden was hiding in a large walled estate 80 miles outside Islamabad in the town of Abadabad.
Reports are that President Obama received several briefings over the past few weeks on bin Laden, and gave the go-ahead for the operation on Thursday, April 29th.
Sources are saying that Navy SEALs were involved with the operation near Islamabad.
Thus also demonstrates that despite all of our impressive technology, the deadliest tool in the American arsenal is the US soldier.
If bin Laden was so close to Islamabad, it does suggest that he had a great deal more operational control of al-Qaeda than previously thought. His death could be more momentous than just a moral victory against al-Qaeda.
The other good aspect of this is that what’s left of al-Qaeda has got to be running scared. Now Ayman al-Zawahiri is the most wanted man in the world, and if we can nail bin Laden, he’s certainly not safe.
I never would have predicted that bin Laden would have gone down like this. That we’d actually get him in a firefight, face-to-face. I always figured that we’d have taken him out in a drone strike or he would have died in a cave somewhere. To know that he died knowing that the US was closing in on him is utterly fitting.
I hope he died in abject fear.
Another thought: according to the President, the US had intelligence that Osama bin Laden was near Islamabad since August. It’s shocking that Osama would not have moved in eight months. It’s a sign that he was getting sloppy, and that undoubtedly helped us finally get him.
The story of how this was pulled off has got to be incredible. The sheer amount of skill needed to pull off a covert op in the middle of Pakistan and kill the most wanted man in the world without a single casualty is just amazing.
From one of my Facebook friends: they should take bin Laden’s body back to the US and charge to kick him in the balls. Budget deficit solved. I’d be in line for that.
The President’s speech faltered at first, but he found the right voice and the right tone at the end.
The President’s speech ended on a wonderful note of American unity. A very strong end to a historic speech.
“Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of the American people.” Very much so.
There’s nothing more just than an evil man meeting his well-deserved end.
The President is striking the right tone now. “Justice has been done.” Indeed it has.
No US casualties in the operation that led to bin Laden’s death. Damn good work.
Apparently the killing of Bin Laden occurred today, and was accomplished by US Special Forces.
President Obama’s speech is not reaching the Churchillian heights I’d hoped for. It sounds like a policy speech, and Obama is stumbling on some phrases. So far not a line that’s worth remembering.
Obama is speaking now.
There are hundreds of people outside the White House now. Remember the “Arab Street?” This is the American street.
Awaiting President Obama, expected to speak shortly.
CBS is reporting that bin Laden was not killed in a missile strike, but was “shot in the head.” Exactly the ending the bastard so greatly deserved.
And to whomever pulled that trigger, thank you.
This may be the most important speech Obama gives. He has a reputation for great oratory—now more than ever he’ll have to live up to it.
Politically, this helps Obama. But the political calculation doesn’t really matter now. This is a good day for America. This is a good day for civilization itself.
There is a risk that this event may destabilize the Pakistani government. And because Pakistan is a nuclear state, there’s a huge risk of nuclear weapons falling into terrorist hands. Hopefully the military and intelligent community have been preparing for this announcement.
Sources are saying that Osama was killed in a “ground operation.” The CIA’s fingerprints are all over this.
They’re singing the national anthemn outside the White House… beautiful.
Time for celebratory glass of Scotch…
Outside the White House, chants of “USA, USA!”
President Obama was to speak an hour ago, but hasn’t appeared yet. On a momentous occasion, finding the right words can’t be easy.