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Days or nine years seven months and twenty days.
That's the time between that fateful morning when the towers fell to the day -- Obama told the world the man behind the attack was dead.
Roughly forty miles outside Pakistan's capital city Islamabad Osama bin Laden was killed by a yet unnamed American hero.
Over the last nine plus years our brave men and women in the military have been following lead after lead after lead doggedly.
According to the Wall Street Journal the CIA -- follow the tip developed two years ago that led to the victory.
I didn't find the whereabouts of a particular courier which -- intelligence to its location.
And on Friday President Obama gave the order to go into the compound and take out -- -- Now this compound was certainly no -- and -- the property was worth about a million dollars and build more than five years ago to house the al-Qaeda leader.
In fact it was surrounded by twelve foot high barbed wire fences and was eight times the size of any other home in the area.
Although it didn't have -- -- telephone service.
Bin Laden's body was buried at sea in accordance with Muslim traditions after DNA tests confirmed his identity.
Now -- politicians and military leaders debate the future of the war on terror terror.
Not taking into account the loss -- lives those nine and a half years have been costly once for the American taxpayer.
Since -- eleven attacks congress has approved more than one and a quarter trillion dollars for military operations related to the war on terror.
Iraq and elsewhere.
Now about a third of that money -- about 444 billion dollars went operation enduring freedom in Afghanistan.
Even before the death of bin Laden the Defense Department had planned on reducing troop levels there.
The CBO is still predicting high cost in the next decade saying with troop levels falling to about 45000 by 2015.
We could still add another half a trillion dollars.
Winning by 20/20 one -- costs would be near one point eight trillion dollars.
Now look I'm usually the first person to complain about out of control government spending and wasting taxpayer now if you've heard me say that.
Are rising debt and dangerous deficit is a very good reason to be outraged.
I say it was were.
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