The aspect of the Osama bin Laden killing that is not running anywhere near as perfect at the SEALS operation in Pakistan, is how the White House remains unable to convey the whole story in a seamless fashion.
Thursday a new version of the bin Laden killing was released. I am not sure if this series of missteps lands at the feet of the new White House Chief of Staff, or the head of the CIA, or perhaps even the Defense Secretary. But from a political point of view this is not the way the information about this foreign policy success should be handled, or passed out to the nation. The information flow aspect to this story has been dreadful.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs.
Officials reviewing those videos are still reconstructing a more accurate version of what happened. We now know that the only firefight took place in the guest house, where one of bin Laden’s couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned down. No one in the main building got off a shot or was even armed, although there were weapons nearby.
The SEALs first saw bin Laden when he came out on the third floor landing. They fired, but missed. He retreated to his bedroom, and the first SEAL through the door grabbed bin Laden’s daughters and pulled them aside
When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden’s wife rushed forward at him — or perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside