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Pakistan is a fine ally of the U.S., except maybe they kinda sorta built Bin Laden a big house and stuff

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Hey, guess what? Pakistan sucks!

ABC News:

Sources tell ABC News that administration officials believe Osama bin Laden had been living at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound for years, with one senior administration source even suggesting the compound was specifically built in 2005 for the al Qaeda leader.

That this compound was constructed in the neighborhood of former Pakistani military officials and a local military academy is of course calling into question the participation of the local – if not national – government.

“It’s inconceivable that bin Laden did not have a support system in the country that allowed him to remain there for an extended period of time,” said White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan on Monday.

Our house is a very very very fine house. Two bullets in the eye, a splash, and then bye-bye…

BTW, now the White House is saying that Bin Laden didn’t have a gun and he didn’t hide behind one of his wives, who didn’t die. This will be attributed to the fog of war and not some sort of shadowy conspiracy to carry out an extralegal assassination during an invasion on foreign soil, because Barack Obama is not a Republican.

P.S. Tales from the Victory Lap: Leon Panetta tells Time magazine that some of his aides were involved in the “Black Hawk Down” raid, others in the Iran hostage crisis. Wow, you really can’t get fired from a government job. Oh, and also:

Months prior, the U.S. had considered expanding the assault to include coordination with other countries, notably Pakistan. But the CIA ruled out participating with its nominal South Asian ally early on because “it was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission. They might alert the targets,” Panetta says.

No kidding.

P.P.S. Ace of Spades: Telegraph, Citing WikiLeaks: Break In Hunt for Bin Ladin May Have Been Provided By Not Only Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, But by Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Performed On An Al Qaeda Operative Captured in Iraq.