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CNBC's John Harwood, with amazing details about the elite, navy seal team that killed Osama bin Laden, and President Obama's attempt to harness American's current unity to confront the nation's economic challenges.
The end of Osama is certainly a very important event in the middle of a world that is in convulsion in many parts. Will this make the world a safer place or will it unleash even more brutal violence? We'll see.
...and, of course, the talk continues to be all the details flowing in about the killing of Osama Bin Laden. There are some amazing new ones coming out about the raid by the navy's elite S.E.A.L. six team unit. John Harwood starts us off from Washington. This is the stuff of thrillers which it's real life which makes it that much more amazing.
It's incredible, Erin. 48 hours into this story, less than 48 hours actually, and we're still getting fascinating new details about this raid on the complex near Islamabad, Pakistan in part due to my colleagues at the New York times who have an amazing reconstruction this morning from the white Suzuki that was tracked in traffic on a city street in Pakistan, writing down the license plate, figuring out where this courier for Osama Bin Laden lived. From the rehearsals and the red team process in which they sifted different options for president Obama, finally four helicopters, 29 commandos went in. They finally tracked Osama bin laden to the third floor of this compound where he was hiding behind a woman. Both of them died as well as a couple of others within that compound. They took away his body, buried him at sea, and now the question for president Obama, and it came up at a dinner, bipartisan congressional dinner last night, is whether or not he can convert this political capital that he's gained from this success into progress on Washington's other challenges.
I have no illusions about the difficulties, the debates that we'll have to be engaged in the weeks and months to come, but I also know there have been several moments like this during the course of this year that have brought us together as an American family, so tonight it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face.
And specifically what the president hopes to harness is that capital on the challenges of debt, deficits and the debt ceiling. This is the week that the gang of six is hoping to produce a bipartisan compromise. Congressional staff aides that I've talked to say they believe that this increases the chance of success, and, of course, vice president Biden is supposed to begin negotiations at the Blair house on the very same day that the president is going to go to Ground Zero and pull the nation together behind this success.