On this week’s podcast episode SOFREP Senior Editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with Chris Wallace the host of Fox News Sunday and the author of the recently released book Countdown Bin Laden, the Untold Story of the 247-day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice.
Chris Wallace’s book details the 247-day hunt for the head of al-Qaeda after the CIA located the courier that he was using to communicate with his operatives around the world.
Talking to Steve, Chris Wallace highlights the contrast between the bungled handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the events at Kabul Airport with the series of successes that led to tracking down, positively identifying, and eliminating Osama bin Laden. In recounting these, Chris’s book is a celebration of American capabilities. As Steve says, the hunt for bin Laden is a case study of everything going right.
Chris relates how Rob O’Neill, the veteran SEAL Team Six who took out bin Laden, told him that it was a “one-way mission;” the uncertainties were just that many.
As Steve points out, the book can be considered a historical thriller. Although we know the ending, this doesn’t detract from the tension that the participants in the events felt. And through Chris Wallace’s expert writing the reader feels the same tension.
Chris also emphasizes how tracking down bin Laden became a top priority for President Obama, despite common perception.
Nevertheless, the book isn’t only about the operational aspects of the mission. It also portrays the emotional impact it had on the families of 9/11 victims. This is done by telling the story of New York police officer Jessica Ferenczy, whose fiancee was a NY City police officer killed during 9/11.
Join us for another episode of SOFREP Radio with Steve Balestrieri and Chris Wallace and find out the process that led to this highly recommended book.