I want to call this the feelgood story of the day but it’s the opposite. There are feelgood moments — Bin Laden ends up with a few extra postmortem bullet holes, and don’t miss the conversation the SEALs have on their way to the first briefing about the mission — but ultimately it’s the tale of a hero abandoned. No pension(!), no health care(!!), family troubles, little help transitioning to the private sector, and eternal worry about reprisals from jihadis. Everyone wishes they could have been the one to pull the trigger on Osama; see how you feel about that after the Esquire piece.
If you read only one eyewitness account today of the leader of Al Qaeda taking three bullets in the face, let it be this one.
The SEALs had nightscopes, but it was coal-black for bin Laden and the other residents. He can hear but he can’t see.