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Obama: Risky approach on bin Laden was the best

May 9, 2011 3:44:00 AM - thestate.com
President Barack Obama says he knew that sending special forces in helicopters to get Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan compound was risky, but he felt it was the best way to make sure they had their man.

In an interview aired Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," the president said he thought it was very important to be able to be sure.

"In some ways, sending in choppers and actually putting our guys on the ground entailed some greater risks than some other options," Obama said. "I thought it was important, though, for us to be able to say that we'd definitely got the guy."

He said he also wanted to avoid "collateral damage" in a residential neighborhood.

Bin Laden's presence in the neighborhood for about five years has raised questions about who knew about his presence and who was helping him.

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