"And How Much did We Pay Pakistan To Allow Us To Take Him Out ?"
Obama will reap the publicity, but the facts are not really being portrayed as they are. I've had a Pakistani buddy for years who comes from a suburb around Islamabad, very near where they got Bin Laden. He returns there several times each year.
He and I would always talk about how Osama Bin Laden was in one of the satellite cities of Islamabad, living a high life retirement in a fancy villa. In point of fact, I'd always kid him upon his return, asking how bin Laden was doing.
Bin Laden hasn't run al Qaeda for a very long time now, being more of a symbol than anything else. The issue is purely emotional. In point of fact, al Qaeda is more dangerous than ever because it is decentralized, although Bush did a great job in cleaning them out of the Afghanistan/Pakistan area as well as Iraq.
Everything revolved around negotiations with the Pakistanis over how much money we would give them to allow the operation. Obama met the dollars and they gave the okay for the American military and CIA to take him out when appropriate.
Until then, surveillance worked for us because we could keep track of the people who were coming and going and secure excellent intelligence. But alas, Bush will not get the credit for spending years in creating excellent military Special Forces and a much more efficient CIA that kept America safe.
That Bin Laden was executed and his body disposed of was the way to go. We should have done that to the terrorists in Guantanamo instead of setting up a prison there.
Of course, if Bush did this, the left would be screaming about how he acted like a "cowboy" and "war criminal" for not using our legal system. But Obama is President and should get the credit. A President always gets the credit for successes and takes the heat for operational failures, although Barack has a penchant for dismissing the bad and only accepting the good.
P.S. The author of this post (Dublin9) holds the retired military rank of Lieutenant Colonel and spent years in a domestic anti-terrorist rapid response force unit.