The Killing of Osama bin Laden

It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.

via Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015.

Many if not most elements of that situation are probably so highly classified only historians far into the future will ever truly know how that raid came to be.  If ISI were involved I can understand why they wouldn’t want to be named and why a good public  cover story as to how it all went down was necessary to protect sources and techniques.  Don’t believe everything you read in the newspaper or especially these Intertubes.

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