Admiral tanned from Texas led bin Laden Raid

Posted on May 7, 2011


He had prepared himself in his entire career at this moment: A secret plan that could cripple Al-Qaeda, or break the alliance with Pakistan if it failed.
Updated: 06/05/1911 at. 9:01 Posted: 06/05/1911 at. 0:22
CRAIG Whitlock, The Washington Post – The Washington Post / aftenposten

When U.S. helicopters flew into Pakistani airspace on Sunday, was the operations center at Bagram airport in Afghanistan under the command of a broad-admiral from Texas. 55 years old William McRaven had worked for years to find the elusive trail of Osama bin Laden.

Vice Admiral, one of the most experienced terrorist hunters Americans, had singled out a specialist in the Navy SEALS for this task two months in advance.
Clear Signal

As a former SEAL himself, had McRaven for several weeks following the intense training for a covert operation that could paralyze the Al-Qaeda, if it worked. Or increase the pressure on an already problematic alliance with Pakistan if it failed.

The hunt for bin Laden was headed by the CIA, but when President Obama gave a clear signal to initiate action against his house, delegates CIA Director Leon Panetta raid to McRaven, who had prepared themselves for this moment throughout most of his career.

Since 2001 he has worked almost exclusively with anti-terror operations and strategy, as a navy captain was transferred to the staff at the White House shortly after the attacks of 11 September. He focused on six key requirements that must be met for any action to be successful: Surprise, speed, security, simplicity, clear purpose and repetition. For this particularly risky bin Laden campaign he added a seventh requirements: precision.

– He understands the strategic importance of precision, “said a senior official in the Obama administration who worked closely with McRaven to find bin Laden. – He sets high standards. That is why the success we had.

As head of the military’s top secret Joint Special Operations Command, McRaven has been responsible for a rapid escalation of the human pursuit of Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and other Al Qaeda people around the world. Although he is a three-star admiral, the muscular 55-year-old accompanied his men on the hit-and-run actions.

Last Friday got the green light from McRaven Panetta to implement the raid as quickly as possible. Later the same day he met a six-man delegation from Congress, who happened was on a visit to Afghanistan. He gave the delegation a tour of the operations center at Bagram base, which – without being told it – gear up for the critical action.

McRaven was about to leave Afghanistan to take over a new record. He had led the Joint Special Operations Command since 2008, when he succeeded General Stanley McChrystal, who had contributed greatly to the turning fortunes of war in Iraq by visiting targeted by rebel leaders, among them al-Qaida chief in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006.
Journalist Graduate

After bin Laden’s death this week McRaven went to Washington, where he oriented representatives on Capitol Hill in a closed meeting.

He grew up the son of a colonel in the Air Force veteran of WWII where he flew British Spitfire aircraft. McRaven studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1977. In 1995 he published a book that analyzed eight famous special operations, including the Israeli operation that freed the hostages in the hijacked plane in Entebbe in Uganda.

– Unlike some senior officers are McRaven “definitely no loud cries of the neck,” says a former official in the special forces, who have known him a long time. – He is a man you can look at as a modern SEAL, the kind of guys who took over from the Vietnam era, quiet, humble and smart.
Increased range

Under his leadership, the Joint Special Operations Command has expanded its reach from Iraq and Afghanistan. In September 2009, negotiated McRaven negotiated an agreement with Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh to carry out secret missions against Al Qaeda along with Yemeni forces. Here on the Arabian Peninsula is a part of bin Laden’s network itself, which according to several sources have evolved to become the number one terrorist threat to the United States.

But McRaven has spent most of his time in Afghanistan, where special operations forces has increased sharply. His forces have killed or captured hundreds of rebel leaders in the past year, first and foremost by lynaksjoner the night.

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