Osama bin Laden was a prisoner of war! The SEALs weren’t proud of that mission; they were so mad it was outed…
“It is clear that someone from the civil administration, police, security and intelligence services should have noticed, but did not notice, anything odd about the Compound over so many years. This in itself was an extraordinary example of intelligence and security incompetence and laxity at the very least.”
“To crown it all, the OBL house was enumerated in a house survey with the comment that it was ‘be-chiragh’ i.e. uninhabited! Since August 2005, there was never less than 25 people living in it! The extent of incompetence, to put it mildly, was astounding, if no unbelievable,” the Abbottabad Commission report stated.
An article in a Pakistani newspaper in May 2011 had claimed that the story that a courier helped track Bin Laden was just a cover.
Have the Taliban, a “nightmare” of the 1990s, been transformed into harbingers of a sparkling new dawn for Afghanistan, by the sheer passage of time?
The most important takeaway from this fascinating snapshot of the ISI, the Taliban, and Pakistan’s view of America and its strategic choices is that Pakistan will never be a predictable puppet of US interests.
The siege of the naval base in Karachi leads to an even more frightening conclusion. The base was attacked without outsiders having been noticed at the countless checkpoints required at a military facility.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has the right ideas on Pakistan. The Indian media can help by gloating a little less.
Speculations that US-Pak relations may rupture because of US unilateralism on Pak territory are premature.
Osama bin Laden was betrayed by the ISI and bartered for a deal over Afghanistan and possibly for Kashmir too.