Getting Geronimo

The New Yorker has an exceptionally good piece on the mission to get Osama Bin Laden — codenamed “Geronimo” by the planners of the raid.

The piece is long, but well worth the read — chock full of interesting details on the intelligence and training that led up to the mission, a blow-by-blow account of the mission itself, and discussion of post-mission activities like the burial of Bin Laden’s body at sea.  I love this kind of reporting, where the journalist revisits an important event, interviews and reviews multiple sources and then painstakingly and comprehensively pieces together what happened.  The prose is clear and crisp, and the riveting story almost tells itself.

If you read the article, you can’t help but be impressed by the human and canine members of Seal Team 6 and the professionalism and careful decision-making of the various participants in the process, from President Obama on down.  I’m glad these people are on our side.

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Cincinnati’s Roebling Suspension Bridge

Among other things, Cincinnati can boast of a very cool suspension bridge:  the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge that crosses the Ohio River between downtown Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky.

Roebling designed the bridge, which opened in 1867.  His name may be familiar, because he also designed the Brooklyn Bridge.  At the time Roebling finished his span across the Ohio River, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The Roebling Suspension Bridge is a beautiful, elegant part of downtown Cincinnati, with its graceful lines and gold-topped stone arches that have been darkened by time.  Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get to the bridge.  You have to cross a highway, pass the Great American Ballpark and the Underground Railroad Museum, navigate some construction sites and vacant parking lots, and keep an eye out for sketchy-looking characters.  Although we made it to the bridge, we couldn’t figure out how to get down to the banks of the Ohio River itself.

For an historic river town, Cincinnati doesn’t really do much to make the Ohio River an accessible part of its downtown area.