deserve much credit for finally tracking down Enemy No. 1. Less for the fact of doing it than for how it was done --
so deliberately, competently. The world likes this from Americans.
The biggest question now concerns America's fraught relations
with Pakistan. But the signs are encouraging, despite all appearances. The Pakistani powers that be may or may not be embarrassed
by the actions so close to home, but they will have to act embarrassed, and contrite.
More importantly, the odd case of Mr. Raymond Davis now makes
a good deal more sense. His bizarre incident and the uproar it caused, we now know, happened after the Americans became aware
of bin Laden's purported location. Rather than a merely unlucky idiot, or just an idiot, he now appears to have been a rather
useful one. For if the ostensible ISI-CIA relationship had not broken down entirely as a consequence, it's hard to expect
that bin Laden's backers in Pakistan would not have had opportunity to tip him off ahead. Or perhaps it was the other way
round: if anything, the Davis case gives the ISI plausible deniability.
Nicely done, on all counts.