This is a very forthcoming and seemingly honest lecture on the events that transpired in the White House and in Abbottabad almost a year ago. Some key details she clears up (finally) are that the stealth Blackhawk’s tail hit the wall while landing in the courtyard at the beginning of the assault, it was not blown over the wall by a subsequent demolition attempt by the SEALs, and that the assault team had to wait for the “reserve helicopters” to infiltrate their way too the compound after the raid had already been executed.  This timeline supports my theory that the raid took just a few minutes to complete, the rest of the roughly forty minutes was waiting for the MH-47s to arrive due to the disabled, and subsequently demolished, stealth Blackhawk. Those must have been some tense minutes not just for those in the White House Situation Room, but especially for those SEALs who had to wait on the ground in that Islamabad Suburb with a busted stealth Blackhawk sitting on the lawn of Bin Laden’s house and a bunch of irate detainees to watch over!

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  1. reqq says:

    waaaant to se pictures of that cool heli now. plz :D

  2. Richard says:

    This raid illustrates one of the oldest experiences of war…the extra passenger on board is named Murphy. He comes along at the most inconvenient times. Somehow this seems to have been lost in the planning for this mission. Lost aircraft, for any number of reasons, are a hard reality of such missions. Planning for that reality should have included additional airlift capability on scene. The additional time spent on the ground waiting for the backups to arrive could easily have spelled disaster for the mission.

    That said, I doubt that there was an abundance of extra stealth helos available which would have placed the mission planners in a difficult position of risking compromise by having non-stealthy assets as a part of the initial package or following at a distance which would have placed them closer to the mission objective sooner.

    When all is said and done, recognition must be given to the men, who will remain anonymous, who undertake such missions knowing full well the risks entailed.

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