I wouldn’t have minded seeing Bin Laden’s body, but I don’t need to. It would have been for purely voyeuristic reasons. The President made the right decision. I’m satisfied in seeing the pics of the courier, his brother, and Bin Laden’s son. Motherfuckers who woke up every day, planning evil.
Obama also made the right decision in sending people in, rather than dropping a bomb. Not only would that have possibly not left enough pieces to unequivocally ID him; I didn’t want him dying never knowing what hit him.
All of 9/11 sucked, but one thing that gnawed at me particularly, was when the hijackers of United 175 (the second plane to strike the WTC), approached Manhattan, they would have seen the smoke pouring out of 1 WTC. They knew, that whatever else happened, their plan had already, at least partially, succeeded. Similarly, the passengers on the plane got to see that, and would have had some minutes of unimaginable horror.
So, I am glad Bin Laden got to hear the helicopters land, the gunfire that killed his courier and his brother. Saw his son killed by the SEAL team that charged up the stairs, got to see his wife shot in the leg (and yes, she earned that). The last voices he heard were American voices. The last face he saw was an American pointing a rifle at him.
Johnny Hooker: You're right, Henry. It's not enough. But …[laughs] it’s close!
— The Sting