With the 9/11 attacks being the story of the last decade, the raid that resulted in the killing of OBL may be the big story of this decade.

Before SEAL Team Six (correctly known as {redacted}) inserted via classified stealth helicopters and killed HVT #1, the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA had a single, agreed-upon narrative that would be sold to the public. This narrative would presumably help everyone take the most credit possible and would at the same time do the responsible thing in maintaining operational security. This meant that the military would be able to protect tactics, techniques, and procedures, while the CIA would protect the sources and methods.

After all, more than a decade after 9/11, American citizens did deserve some answers about the raid that finally brought down Public Enemy #1.

But then one of the stealth helicopters, probably a highly modified MH-60 Blackhawk, crash-landed inside the compound. With the agreed-upon cover story thrown into disarray, the White House panicked. This was the big story that would keep the president in office for another four years, and if the PR spin made them look bad, it could be curtains for the administration. And by the way, there is absolutely no question that whoever happened to be in the White House, regardless of party affiliation, would have leveraged this operation for political gain.