Over on NRO's Corner
I observe that that the secrecy of the operation to find and kill Bin Laden is extremely impressive, given the propensity for leaking or for just plain blowing our cover. From Obama and other accounts it appears things got into high gear last August, which is a long time for such operational secrecy to hold this well.
But digging further into some accounts it appears we've had our eye on this compound in Abbottabad
(by the way, I think I'm the first blogger to post a GoogleEarth photo of the probable location) for several years now, and may well have guessed Bin Laden was there maybe three or four years ago, but needed to figure out how to confirm it. Which makes the patience, discipline, and secret-keeping of our intelligence services all the more impressive. I'd love to hear David Tucker's observations about all of this. (Hint: Time for another Schramm-Tucker podcast?)
The precautions Bin Laden took to conceal his whereabouts remind me of how drug kingpins isolate themselves from police surveillance; can we get the producers of The Wire to make the movie of how this whole thing went down? Bin Laden had nothin' on Avon Barksdale, yo.