In an adaptation from his new book, The Finish—first reported for Vanity Fair—magazine contributing editor Mark Bowden reveals that President Obama intended to put Osama bin Laden on trial in the federal court system if he had been captured, rather than killed, during the Abbottabad raid.
But I guarantee that the trial wouldn’t have been in DC. Or Chicago. Or any other city that Obama wouldn’t have wanted to be a magnet for car bombs for the next three decades.
Anyway, I guess that this puts the final nail in that football that Obama keeps trying to spike over bin Laden. Thank God that Navy SEALS have a better grasp on elementary counter-terrorism reality than Barack Obama does…
PS: What would I have done, if I had gotten bin Laden alive? Almost certainly what the SEALS did: which is to say, either three to the chest, or two to the head (depending on which rumor you believe). The alternatives are… kind of disturbing, really. But I wouldn’t have brought him back to the USA.