“The whole purpose of sending our troops into the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, was to obtain indisputable evidence of Bin Laden’s death,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “The best way to protect and defend our interests overseas is to prove that fact to the rest of the world.” Right, so if they didn't care for proof that'd send an air bomber over a sovereign nation ( is that the right word?) and bombard a house that is located in a town where retired military personal of pakistan lives? Safe to say that line was a lie...or politically augmented truth On the other hand I don't believe the USA government is so stupid as to think this "ruse" would work if it was a ruse, I think it was a genuine rushed "omg he is actually there" decision and they did actually kill him. (yes i know they knew of the currier for 2 years) One thing safe to say is that he is indeed dead as if he was not, he'd make it known that he is alive as it would boost extremist's morale and severely embarrass the USA government and would help their message that USA government lies. As a brainwashed extremist he would not lose such opportunity to "retire".