(CBS News) Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Wednesday he had "no doubts that the SEALs could perform the mission" that killed Osama bin Laden. His concern was whether or not bin Laden was in the compound.
"We didn't have one single piece of hard data that he was actually in that compound, not one," Gates told "CBS this Morning" co-host Charlie Rose. "The whole thing was a circumstantial case built by analysts at CIA."
Looks like the CIA does it again! But his next statements kind of confuse me.
Gates wanted to bomb and not go in to kill bin Laden. "My view was, 'Let's kill him, but let's use a missile of some kind,'" Gates said. "And, and the reason, the objection to that was, "Well, we couldn't collect any information to exploit."
"If this mission had failed, it could've put the war in Iraq, in Afghanistan, at risk," Gates said. He said Mr. Obama's decision to go through with the raid was a "courageous call."
If Osama really was not at that compound, then why would he call Obama courageous for the attack?
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So no hard evidence OBL was in Pakistan. And a failed mission would have really been a mark on the US. So now I have doubts about the body sitting at the bottom of the ocean.
Either it was all just circumstantial, but he was there. Or it was circumstantial and he was never there.