The Abbottabad op, offered the US an opportunity to end the Osama Bin Laden psy-op, because plainly speaking, that ship had sailed, hit a storm and sunk long, long ago.
An aside, hoping we all recalled that Osama Bin Laden was never wanted for 9/11?
Despite the reinforcement of the myth and legend. He was never wanted for any connection to the 9/11 attacks.
I see the FBI has updated their site. Here is the picture.
Still no mention of being wanted for 9/11!
What other opportunity was presented by the Abbottabad raid?
From what I have been reading we are looking at two fresh opportunities.
First: The US is stating, flat out they will carry out raids such as this again.
We're not talking drone flights. We are talking targeted raids. So, who or what is going to be targeted? I guess we shall find out soon enough.
But here is the talk-
The US will again carry out special operations in Pakistan if required.
( Meaning: as the US see's fit)
Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Obama Administration would continue with this policy if that country(Pakistan) does not act against terror suspects holed up in that country.
Q) Are you saying that the US reserves the right to, as the President said back in the campaign, if Pakistan will not act against terror suspects, to go and enter Pakistani territory and act against them?".
A) "Yes. He made very clear during the campaign that that was his view. He was criticized for it. He maintained that that was his view, and by the actions he has taken as President, feels that it was the right approach and continues to feel that way," the press secretary said."
US President Barack Obama has consistently said that he would go ahead to target high profile terrorists, if he had actionable intelligence and the Pakistani Government was not willing to act.
In other words, the US will begin undertaking targeted raids within Pakistan, when ever they dam well feel like it! Using any excuse they want. This OBL psy-op set the precedent.
Pakistan and it's people had better watch out.
China issued an interesting statement regarding the raid on Pakistan: A defence of Pakistan
” We have to admit that the Pakistan government is firm in resolve and strong in action in the fight against terrorism, and Pakistan government has made important contribution to the international fight against terrorism, to which we should have no doubt,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told a media briefing.
China and Pakistan share a border. Keep that in mind.
The second opportunity presented by the Abbottabad raids was the trial of a new helicopter.
One that the SEAL's destroyed after their raid was complete.
Possibly a Silent Hawk Helicopter?
What it likely looks like, intact.
The Silent Hawk
Much Quieter and more evasive. Allowing it to slip deep into another country, unknown.
It’s not uncommon for U.S. military forces to destroy an aircraft downed in a foreign land, but U.S. Special Forces had particular cause to blow up the ill-fated helo that participated in Sunday’s raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Apparently, it was a secret stealth helicopter, the design of which U.S. military commanders would not be keen to share with the Pakistanis or anyone else.
For analysis we turn to Bill Sweetman over at Aviation Week’s Ares blog, who knows much about such things:
t was a secretly developed stealth helicopter, probably a highly modified version of an H-60 Blackhawk. Photos published in the Daily Mail and on the Secret Projects board show that the helicopter's tail features stealth-configured shapes on the boom and tip fairings, swept stabilizers and a "dishpan" cover over a non-standard five-or-six-blade tail rotor. It has a silver-loaded infra-red suppression finish similar to that seen on some V-22s.
The special ops team succeeded in destroying the critical technology, though the tailboom survived (it ended up outside the compound wall). It’s from this that many journalists and defense wonks were trying--with much trouble--to identify the downed aircraft.
But, as Sweetman notes, the images from Pakistan do answer some questions about Sunday’s raid. While we may not get the details on exactly what technologies the modified Blackhawks were packing, we do now have a pretty good idea of why Pakistani air defenses didn’t see them coming. Additional reading here