President Barack Obama decided that any risks the raid he ordered caused were less important that getting Osama bin Laden—which he and the SEALs certainly did. After a decade of trying to capture the mass terrorist, it was finally done. As the mission was being completed, the president, vice president, secretary of state, and others watched intensely in the White House Situation Room. Obama told “60 Minutes,” the raid “was the longest 40 minutes of my life.”
In the interview, President Obama said he was a bit apprehensive about the raid but didn’t worry about the possibility that terrorist Osama bin Laden might be killed. No details of the raid have been released to the public but Obama says the decision to raid was a difficult one to make and very risky. “But ultimately, I had so much confidence in the capacity of our guys to carry out the mission that I felt that the risks were outweighed by the potential benefit of finally getting our man,” said the President.
The president said he’s sure Osama had a support network and help of some kind to have been hiding in Abbottabad, Pakistan for a number of years. “We don’t know who or what that support network was. We don’t know whether there might have been some people inside of government, people outside of government,” said Obama. He said Pakistan and the United States both need to investigate. Some Congress members want the U.S. To cease aiding Pakistan until the situation is clarified as to what their government’s role was in this.