Investor's Business Daily
May 3, 2011
National Security: The decidedly non-multilateral killing of Osama bin Laden came after a long hunt. President Obama took credit, but it was George W. Bush's detainment and interrogation policies that provided the big break.
The courier was the key. He goes into the history books with the prothonotary warbler, the rare bird that exposed Alger Hiss as a communist spy.
And with Iraq's Tikriti tribe, the source of the breakthrough that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.
And with David Kaczynski, the brother of the Unabomber, whose tip led the FBI to a remote Montana cabin where the convicted mass murderer had a live bomb ready to mail to another unsuspecting victim.
It was in 2007 during the Bush presidency that the U.S. discovered the real name of bin Laden's secret courier. We originally knew of him from captured terrorists held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, who told U.S. interrogators his nom de guerre earlier in Bush's term.