The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden by Mark BowdenFrom Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.
After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.
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First, he pulls off the neat trick most successfully done in Ron Howard's retelling of the "Apollo 13" mission of wringing tension and drama out of a story despite the fact. First, he pulls off the neat trick most successfully done in Ron Howard's retelling of the "Apollo 13" mission of wringing tension and drama out of a story despite the fact that the outcome is known. These pages read as dramatically as any Tom Clancy cold war spy v. Second, Bergen keeps things moving along during the nine or so years between Bin Laden's narrow escape at Afghanistan's Tora Bora and when the CIA finally picked up his trail in the Islamabad suburbs. Bergen manages to fill the prolonged lack of progress with satisfying technical insight on the efforts of the CIA and NSA to track the terrorist. The book also succeeds as an object lesson for managers in making high-risk decisions with limited information. Based circumstantial intel the main argument for the idea that it indeed was Bin Laden holed up in the complex was the lack of evidence that he was somewhere else Obama faced the decision to invade a sovereign country and killing some random stranger versus letting the most wanted man since Adolf Hitler escape.
The Bin Ladens
Sadly, many of the books that will be mentioned in this column are no longer in print. Happily, second-hand bookshops still stock the majority of these titles, while Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive often provide free online alternatives. We begin the journey with United States. Select Committee on Intelligence. There is no light reading here. A second list features titles which may have been read by Bin Laden, but according to the US government were probably used by other people living in the compound.
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According to Scribner, O'Neill's book will "vividly recount" a career that included some missions, notably the May raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. O'Neill also was on the missions that helped rescue Capt. In a statement issued through Scribner, O'Neill said he wanted to show "the human side" of the battles fought for the country worldwide. Photo Credit: Scribner via AP O'Neill first alleged that he had killed bin Laden in , an announcement that the government has neither affirmed nor disputed. Brian Losey. Violators of our ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare.