Rich Galen

And, like D-Day, there was no guarantee that anyone was going to get bin Laden in his sights so the shot could be fired which would kill him. In fact, Eisenhower had drafted a message in case of failure:

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troop, the air [force] and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone."

As someone mentioned on Joe Scarborough's program this morning, if the mission had gone wrong, no one would be talking about Defense Secretary Bob Gates, or CIA Director Leon Panetta or the U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus - we would be talking about Obama.

But, the mission went right. The mission which had started as far back as 2002 when the nickname of one of bin Laden's couriers was squeezed out of a prisoner presumably at Guantanamo. Like the pouring of the first footers for the first factory before World War II that disclosure set in motion a series of events which ended yesterday in success.

So, who took the shot that killed bin Laden?


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at