So reports Jake Tapper of ABC.
Apparently bin Laden’s compound was identified positively in March, and the military wanted to drop a dozen or so guided bombs and reduce the compound to ashes.
According to Tapper, Obama passed on the request because there would have been no body to recover and hence no DNA to positively identify bin Laden. And there would have been collateral damage and civilian deaths.
In hindsight, it was a good move. But hindsight is hindsight.
Among the many lies which have permitted the public consciousness is that George Bush “let bin Laden get away” at Tora Bora.
If yesterday’s strike were unsuccessful, or if bin Laden had moved on to a new location in the prior weeks, would Obama have been excoriated by the press for letting bin Laden get away?