Monday, May 02, 2016

"We Got Him": CNN special on 5th anniversary of the takedown of Osama bin Laden

We Got Him: President Obama, Bin Laden, and the Future of the War on Terror” aired on CNN this evening at 8:30 PM EDT. Nicole Gaouette wrote the main story for CNN .

The first 61 minutes reviewed the operation by Navy Seals to execute Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. Admiral McRaven often spoke, and noted that there had been a plan to take bin Laden alive.  One Seal as asked to lie beside bin Laden’s corpse to verity that the target had indeed been 6 feet 4.

President Obama did talk about Paris and Brussels with Peter Bergen in the post-movie half hour. He said that many second generation Muslims in Belgium don’t consider themselves “Belgian” (but that is a split concept for other reasons regarding that artificial country’s history).

Obama talked about the importance of predator drone strikes, and about the ambiguous results of the Arab Spring, which was facilitated in large part by social media developed by young adults. He also talked about the problem of asymmetry where social media facilitates terror or gang ideologies to recruit “volunteers”.  He also talked about “resilience” as partly not making a problem worse with temperamental denials.

Wikipedia attribution link for CIA photo of bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad

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