And while reports are pouring out from a gloating White House that’s leaking like the Titanic in its final hours, one can only assume our analysts have barely begun to exploit the data. Couldn’t they have at least tried to give the CIA a week, a day, even a few more hours to look at it all before letting Ayman al-Zawahiri and the rest of al-Qaeda know about it? Why give him the slightest head start to go even further underground?
In a follow-up post in The Corner:
One expert suggested we could have blown up the compound after seizing the material with our official story being that bin Laden was killed in the explosion and no materials were recovered. The story might not hold for too long, but how long would CIA analysts need it to hold?