May 1, 2012
How 'Risky' Was the bin Laden Raid?
Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
Obama’s authorization of the bin Laden raid was indeed risky: based on incomplete information (such as the lack of definitive proof that the Al Qaeda leader was in the Abbotabad compound) and objections from a split cabinet. Even if the operation had failed or cost American lives, many analysts and commentators—including Clinton—exaggerate the likely political costs to the president.
TAGGED: Barack Obama, Osama Bin Laden, 2012