So was the order given to the soldiers to kill or capture UBL? That seems to be the question making the rounds a few days after the operation wrapped up, and Glenn provided some insight on radio this morning.
Leon Panetta told Brian Williams, “The authority we have on Bin Laden are to kill him. And that was made clear. But it was also, as part of their rules of engagement, if he suddenly put up his hands and offered to be captured, then they would have the opportunity obviously to capture him. But that opportunity never developed.”
“That opportunity never developed. He was an unarmed man up in his bedroom,” Glenn said.
Glenn said that yesterday, he spoke with some former military people who told him there was no doubt in their minds that they were always going to kill UBL. One of the men told him, “I challenge you to find a military person that won't shoot that son of a bitch in the head.”
Glenn was struck by their passion on the topic, and they told him that UBL and his actions had irreversibly changed the lives of many of their friends.
“I'm really kind of torn on a lot of this because I'm as happy as the next guy that we killed him,” Glenn said.
Glenn said that now people are questioning the constitutionality of this action and the authority that Obama acted under.
“And so what do you do? Well, this is why this is important. Because this is what we're doing now, except we're doing it via long distance with missiles. We're trying to kill another head of state with Muammar Gadhafi and we're doing it under a no fly zone rule,” Glenn said.
“Is the United States now on this path where we can kill anybody we want? Because the list is pretty long. Shouldn't we be going after Venezuela? Or are they a friend? How about Cuba? Who's next? How about Ahmadinejad? Why don't we just go kill him? Can we do that?”
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