I’ve just spent the last 30-40 minutes reading Nicholas Schmidle’s Getting Bin Laden: What happened that night in Abbottabad. In this just published ‘Reporter at Large’ piece in the August 8, 2011 The New Yorker magazine, Schmidle details the events leading up to the raid, the raid itself, and the events following the raid.
It’s a good read, well written, and tells you more than you know and somethings worth knowing.
And while I probably put myself amongst those who generally look askance at assassinations of any sort, I have no doubts about this one.
As I am preparing this post, NPR informs me that President Obama has just signed the debt ceiling bill. Obviously not the finest hour for any of our leaders.
But even though it took ten years, one can’t help but give credit to all who had a part in finally getting bin Laden.
Read it when you have at least a half hour to spare. Once you start the article, you will not be able to put it down.
You can get to The New Yorker article by using one of the two links below:
CLICK HERE for The New Yorker site.
If that link does work for you, CLICK HERE.
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Update 8/5/11 - Two ‘alert’ MillersTime readers wrote to tell me of a possible controversy brewing about Schmidle’s article.
ET wrote to say he saw Schmidle on the PBS NewsHour and thought the author was evasive when asked how he came by his information (Schmidle apparently had not interviewed any of the Seals involved in the raid).
EO sent a link to The Schmidle Muddle of the Osama Bin Laden Take Down, a critical and skeptical view of Schmidle’s article. CLICK HERE.