Monday, April 30, 2012

How It Went Down

Mission Accomplished. Obama and his team after watching the strike unfold on a live feed from Pakistan.
Pete Souza / The White House / AP
"I can only speak with authority through Feb. 15, 2009," said Michael Hayden, who was George W. Bush's last CIA director. "But at that point, when people would ask 'When's the last time you really knew where he was?' my answer was Tora Bora in 2001."

(MORE: The Last Days Of Osama Bin Laden)

Obama's first order to his new CIA Director Leon Panetta in 2009 was to "make the killing or capture of OBL the top priority of the war against al-Qaeda." That order grew out of a controversial Obama campaign pledge that "if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take him out, then we have to act and we will take him out. We will kill bin Laden; we will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national-security priority."

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