I'm no expert on such matters -- though I've talked to several about this -- but even a casual World War II buff can understand that the shelf life of actionable intelligence would be extended if we hadn't told the whole world, and al-Qaeda in particular, that we had it.
I think Al Qaeda would know pretty darn quickly that their own leader is dead, genius. Particularly given how many in the compound survived. How long before they told someone about the massive SEAL team that just shot the most wanted man on the planet right in front of them? 30 seconds?
Speaking of genius, complaining about whining & speculation with whining & speculation, WTF?
Just what I was going to say. I’m glad I read the thread first. I love Jonah Goldberg and it’s a pretty good story, in the sense that Obama couldn’t wait to grab the credit, but what you say is undoubtedly true: the whole world would have known about it by morning. So it wasn’t a security lapse.
“How long before they told someone about the massive SEAL team that just shot the most wanted man on the planet right in front of them? 30 seconds?”
Maybe you should read a little more closely. As Goldberg notes, even waiting 24 hours might have yielded some interesting “chatter” between ISI and Al Qaeda. What exactly would have been lost by waiting a week? Or (as others have pointed out here) claiming that the place was trashed during the operation, or implying that the SEALs were in and out so quickly that nothing of value was seized etc.?