No kidding, really? “Pakistan-Jihad Ties May Have Led U.S. to Hit Bin Laden Alone,” from Bloomberg, May 2:
May 3 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. decision to strike alone in killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani hideout underscores American concerns over the decades-old links between the Pakistani military and Islamic militants.
U.S. officials said they didn’t inform their Pakistani counterparts of the attack on the compound, just a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad, the country’s equivalent of West Point. Located 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital, Islamabad, the city is surrounded by army installations and weapons factories.
“It is inconceivable that bin Laden was hiding in a place that is the alma mater of Pakistan’s army without some people in our security establishment — either military, intelligence or police — being aware that he was there,” Imtiaz Gul, director of the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies, said in a phone interview from his office yesterday. “It has caused some shock for Pakistanis to learn that he was in such a central place.”
The compound has the appearance of a “fortress,” John Brennan, White House counterterrorism adviser, told reporters in Washington. He said it “raises questions” that a compound of that size didn’t raise suspicion in the area….