Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency General Michael Hayden was asked to weigh in on the death of Osama bin Laden, one year later, as a part of the Enterprise blog’s latest symposium.
Here is a great American victory, the product of more than a decade of relentless pursuit by American intelligence. Political debates about who would have made what decision cheapen the memory and obscure the significance of the entire matter. The president made a gutsy call, no question. But it is one that I think ANY American president would have made. And as far as al Qaeda goes, the raid is a powerful message to potential jihadists surfing radical web sites that these guys (that’s us) have great reach, great precision and—above all—very long memories.