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.