Osama bin Laden's death meant that Americans had one less evil to fear in the world. Most of the youth at the White House were not celebrating the death of a human being, but rather a long-awaited return of their belief in American exceptionalism.
Imagine the effect this has on psyches, and particularly on young ones already scarred by war and displacement. Ironically, Washington points to these tactics as proof of the efficacy of drone strikes.
As the one who was in charge of the CIA side of the attempted hostage rescue mission in Iran in 1980, what jumps out at me from a reading of a two-part piece in Time is the feeling that Barack Obama would have gone ahead with the operation that Jimmy Carter called off.