US President Barack Obama on Monday said that he hoped Osama Bin Laden realised during his last moments that America has come to avenge the deaths of the 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. The president reflected on the incidents that led to bin Laden’s killing on the fifth anniversary of his death.
The president said that he considered the mission worthy of taking the risk, saying, “I had confidence that I could get our guys back.”
During an interview on CNN on Monday, Obama and the key members of his inner circle reflected on the raid on bin Laden’s hideout in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad in 2011 that resulted in the death of the 9/11 mastermind.
CNN host Peter Bergen noted that the last person bin Laden saw was an American, to which Obama responded by saying, “and hopefully, at that moment, he understood that the American people hadn’t forgotten the some 3,000 people whom he killed.”
The president spoke of the choices he had to make before finally giving approval to the raid.
“After the discussions with the principals, it was clear to me that this was going to be our best chance to get bin Laden,” the Washington Times quoted Obama as saying. “If, in fact, we did not take the action that he might slip away. And it might be years before he resurfaced. I had confidence that I could get our guys back.”
He admitted if the raid failed to locate Osama Bin Laden, then the costs would have surpassed the benefits.
“But having weighed all that, I thought about the 9/11 families who I’d met,” he reflected. “And their, you know, continuing pain, and sense that it was important for us to bring him to justice.”
According to Obama, another factor that played an important role in finalising the raid was that it would help the US to monitor the plots that were being developed by Al Qaeda. The raid would have helped America to reduce such threats.