Deceased

by Kiko Matsing

Then, the SEALs killed bin Laden with a bullet just above his left eye, blowing off part his skull, another official said. Using the call sign for his visual identification, one of the soldiers communicated that “Geronimo” had been killed…

(Source: “Phone call by Kuwaiti courier led to bin Laden”, Associated Press)

Options were limited. The compound was in a residential neighborhood in a sovereign country. If Obama ordered an airstrike and bin Laden was not in the compound, it would be a huge diplomatic problem. Even if Obama was right, obliterating the compound might make it nearly impossible to confirm bin Laden’s death.

Said [John Brennan, the president’s top counterterrorism adviser], “The president had to evaluate the strength of that information, and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.”

(Source: “Phone call by Kuwaiti courier led to bin Laden”, Associated Press)

Despite his self-satisfied, I-got-2012-in-the-bag speech, I gotta hand it to Obama: this American President finally grew a set of balls.

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