"This Was a Kill Operation"
Reuters reports that there was never any intention to bring OBL back alive to face justice.
Great. So the US has gotten to the point where we not only don't hide the fact that we're going around the world assassinating people. We're bragging about it.
I can't tell you how upset I am about the murder of Osama bin Laden and his family, the clumsy cover up of the evidence (to paraphrase Lambert: Sea Burial My Ass)...and possibly worst of all, the truly ugly spectacle of the cheering and gloating in the USA.
What intrigues me is the Pakistan angle. There's no way that Osama was living large in the shadow of the Army base at Abbottabad without the ISI AND the PK military knowing about his every sneeze. So somebody in Pakistan must have outed him. I wonder: who, and why now?
There's also the possibility that we have known where he was for quite some time.
I'm also wondering about the kill order. Because I don't believe for a moment it was issued out of simple vengeance. I believe it was issued to keep Osama from talking. But now we'll never be able to hear his side of the story.