It becomes more difficult with each passing day to ignore the inconsistencies surrounding operation Neptune Spear (“Neptune Trident” would have been a more correct designation, but there are more serious matters now coming forward.) The president, who watched the bloody assault on the Pakistani compound unfold in a bloody scene culminating in the death of supreme terrorist Osama bin Laden, told the American public a false story about a fierce and prolonged firefight. The light of day reveals that none of the occupants of the house were armed, except for one ground floor member, possibly the owner of the house, who provided lodging, gas, and electricity to the bin Laden group, notorious courier, “Kunya” al Kuwaiti. This individual fired two shots from a handgun early in the violence.
As the storming commenced, there were eight children and several women, including two maids in the house and compound. One of the women was killed, as was the courier, whose real name we now know to be Sheik Abu Ahmed. Ahmed is thought to have been with bin Laden shortly after the attacks of September 11, as the men hid and plotted in the Tora Bora caves of Afghanistan. Abu Ahmed’s brother was also killed.
Bin Laden was on the third floor. It took Navy Seals as long as twenty minutes to reach him. He was in a room with one woman, one of his wives, and five children. Might bin Laden have made some effort to surrender, to protect the family? We may never know. There was a rifle in the room, an AK-47, and bin Laden was not holding it at the moment when he was shot, but he may have been reaching for it. We are told bin Laden had a small amount of money on his person; we have not been told whether there were larger amounts of money in the house.
No autopsy was performed on bin Laden. He was not taken prisoner; he was shot, at very close range. With no permission from the White House, to our knowledge, bin Laden was buried at sea. We are told this is consistent with Islamic belief, but in fact burial at sea in the Muslim world, as in ours, is useful when the deceased has died while on ship, and when no other option readily presents itself.
The information used to locate the mass murderer Osama bin Laden, along with information about the courier and house owner, Abu Amed, came in part from “enhanced interrogation”, a euphemism for torture. It was the information about al Kuwaiti, or Kunya, that led to the raid on the household.
All the elements of this raid, which may in time be seen as a raid gone bad, are caught up with a foul odor. What was originally seen as Barack Obama’s defining moment may turn into the cause of his downfall. As an American, I have concerns; we can only imagine the concerns of the Muslim world.