If you had 24 Navy Seals and one unarmed older man, why kill him? Because he’s a bad man? For that matter, if you want to kill him, why not just bomb the compound, why risk your best, highly trained assets just to go in and execute the target? Then while you were doing this, you turned off the cameras for 25 minutes, didn’t release any photos, and you immediately dumped the body at sea?
I’d say that makes it all pointless. I will tell you what makes more sense. You blacked out the politicians back home, they only saw the start of the mission, because they couldn’t keep quiet about anything. You go in, you kill anyone with a gun, you wound his wife, and you take Bin Laden to the ground, fire two shots very close to him so his wife thinks he’s been shot, inject him with a fast acting sedative, then bail out of there with a live Bin Laden.
A live Bin Laden? That’s an asset that would be worth a lot of risk. That’s an man worth a lot more alive than dead, and having him in a situation where he knows the world believes him dead means that the only bargaining chips he has are information.
There’s no doubt in my mind they got him, one way or another, and maybe it went down like they told us, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out they had taken him alive and squeezed every morsel of intelligence out of him.
Hey, wanna see my nifty tinfoil hat?
I am as innocent regarding any conspiracy as any of you gentlemen in the room.