The first was Osama bin Laden who was killed in a raid in Pakistan.
The second was James Bulger, an alleged mobster from Boston, who had been on the run since 1995.
I wish I could recall the name of the comedian who made this observation, so I cannot take credit for this chestnut, but how does the FBI fill the slots on the Top Ten Most Wanted List when someone is captured or killed. Does Number Eleven on the list move up? Does the FBI simply pick someone from random from their list of fugitives?
Either way, it’s been two months since the raid in Pakistan, and OBL is still on the list. Probably because it feels good to see that red bar with the word “Deceased” on it.
Here’s an interesting comparison. The operation to take down OBL took months of preparation, countless hours of analysis and intelligence from a variety of sources (people, satellites, intercepted communications), a precision strike from a team of highly-trained people we will never know.
Bulger was captured using Twitter.
Hey…whatever it takes.