IF I had known that my nostrils’ poking out of a body bag would be the main feature of my performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s film “Zero Dark Thirty,” it would have saved me eight weeks of heart palpitations as I prepared for my role as Osama bin Laden.
“"for those who do not know" that Saudi-born bin Laden was left blind in the right eye after an accident in his youth.”
I am speechless. Speechless! I have no speech.
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“Trust me, if you went to 26th and California [the Cook County Criminal Courthouse] with the evidence that Osama bin Laden was in the building, no judge would have given you a search warrant. No way. They would have looked at you and said, ‘bring me something real here.’”
“As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.”
When the president asked his top advisers for their final opinion on the mission, all of them were hesitant, except for the former CIA director, now Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Biden said.
"Every single person in that room hedged their bet except Leon Panetta. Leon said go. Everyone else said, 49, 51," Biden said, as he offered the unsolicited details of the decision-making process.
"He got to me. He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said, ‘You know, I didn’t know we had so many economists around the table.’ I said, ‘We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there,’" Biden recalled.
While the vice president did not explain what those two more things were, the next morning the president gave National Security Adviser Tom Donilon the “go” to launch the SEAL raid of the compound.
"He knew what was at stake, not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency," Biden said.”
President Obama: Ask Osama bin Laden if I’m an appeaser.
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“We don’t know what would have happened if John could have done his job in Yemen and had really had the full back-up to go and to really push in Yemen and what kind of networks he could have exposed. But you know, we do know there were Yemenis involved in the attacks of September 11th. So is it possible that if he had been able to really open up that network and really expose that network, that he could have in some way deterred the tragedy of September 11th? I don’t think we know, but it’s sad because we won’t know the answer to that. But I think there is a fighting — he would have had had a fighting chance if he’d been able to do his job.” - Chris Isham, ABC News
John O’Neill wound up leaving the FBI and went to work, of all places, as head of security at the World Trade Center, and was one of the victims of the attack on 9/11
"There was nothing said. I asked and asked and asked. I kinda wondered whether there was some sort of "Dirty Harry" moment, and there just simply wasn’t. It was all split second… [The Navy Seal] shoots bin Laden once in the chest and bin Laden begins falling back and shoots him once above the left eye and bin Laden falls down. And he [The Navy Seal] steps up and says, on the radio, ‘For God and country, Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.’" - The New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle, via CNN
What happened that night in Abbottabad.