This month’s issue of The New Yorker has the whole story on the hunt and termination of OBL, a short excerpt:
The Americans hurried toward the bedroom door. The first SEAL pushed it open. Two of bin Laden’s wives had placed themselves in front of him. Amal al-Fatah, bin Laden’s fifth wife, was screaming in Arabic. She motioned as if she were going to charge; the SEAL lowered his sights and shot her once, in the calf. Fearing that one or both women were wearing suicide jackets, he stepped forward, wrapped them in a bear hug, and drove them aside. He would almost certainly have been killed had they blown themselves up, but by blanketing them he would have absorbed some of the blast and potentially saved the two SEALs behind him. In the end, neither woman was wearing an explosive vest.
A second SEAL stepped into the room and trained the infrared laser of his M4 on bin Laden’s chest. The Al Qaeda chief, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him—it wasn’t a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,” the special-operations officer told me. (The Administration maintains that had bin Laden immediately surrendered he could have been taken alive.) Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11th, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden’s life. The first round, a 5.56-mm. bullet, struck bin Laden in the chest. As he fell backward, the SEAL fired a second round into his head, just above his left eye. On his radio, he reported, “For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.” After a pause, he added, “Geronimo E.K.I.A.”—“enemy killed in action.”
This story beats anything penned by Brad Thor or David Balducci.
The author sure does portray Obama in a great light. I have given him props in the past for being an unexpected terror warrior. Although it is hard to know where the facts end and the author’s political biases start (we have all heard some rumblings about the president being unenthusiastic and uninvolved, needing to be led to the table by those more committed) but who knows? It could have happened just like this.
I was a bit skeptical about the parts that involved so many different briefings involving so many different personnel and how this many people in the loop could keep the whole thing under wraps.
All the bit players involved, a Back Hawk Down hero, the SEAL snipers in the Maersk incident (talk about a precision op), the failed rescue attempt of Linda Norgrove providing motivation for a clean outcome, the search dog brought along to sniff out faked walls, and the civilian interpreter dressed like a policeman to alley the fears of snoopy neighbors, it’s all here.
And naturally, nothing goes according to plan so we have the crashed helo in the compound.
A compelling read, something our nation can be proud of. Justice was finally served.