Amanpour alluded to a source who suggested bin Laden had stashed himself in a "nice comfortable villa" in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Real Time is a freewheeling panel show, so whatever significance the moment had was lost amid the crosstalk.
Because of the spectacular crime he pulled off on 9/11, American politicians and a mass media fanning the good-versus-evil storyline elevated bin Laden to heights of influence that had little to do with reality.
Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.
Torture debases the persons tortured, as well as the torturers, and it violates the two truths that are common to most people of faith: every human being is created in God's image and we should love our neighbors as ourselves.
In President Obama's announcement of bin Laden's death, he talked passionately of an America that was simultaneously "relentless in defense of our citizens" and "true to the values that make us who we are."