President Barack Obama said opportunities to strike Osama bin Laden were so rare that he was willing to risk failure and international embarrassment in May 2011 rather than wait for another chance to send Navy SEALs after the world’s most wanted man.  Obama and key members of his inner circle spoke to CNN’s Peter Bergen about the raid that killed the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks for the “Anderson Cooper 360°” special on Monday at 8 p.m. ET: “‘We got him’: President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror.”

Bergen’s exclusive interview marks the first time Obama has sat down with a journalist in the Situation Room to go through the events of that day.  “After the discussions with the principals, it was clear to me that this was going to be our best chance to get bin Laden,” Obama told Bergen.  As his advisers debated, they addressed whether opportunities to take down the Saudi-born founder of al Qaeda would come again — and if so, when. Obama said one major concern was “that if, in fact, we did not take the action, that he might slip away. And it might be years before he resurfaced.”

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