The article I posted earlier claimed the actual cost was $4-6 trillion. I just wonder when I'll again be able to carry a regular-sized shampoo bottle onto a flight without 3-year-old girls being frisked. So what's the excuse for the US not doing so over the course of nearly 10 years when they knew which country he was located? The US hasn't been able "eradicate" "Islamist terrorists" in either Iraq or Afghanistan, or anyplace else. What makes you think a country with far fewer resources and a far smaller military would be able to do so, especially since their own "terrorists" aka Pakistani Taliban weren't really bothering anybody that much until provoked by the US in an attempt to ethnic cleanse them from their own country? And how exactly was bin Laden going to "get away"? Describe a scenario where he would been able to escape that compound when surrounded by two dozen SEALs and other US governmental assets which had been there for months. Compared to US incompetence in this matter, it is really minuscule. Why aren't you blaming the truly incompetent in this matter instead of a minor player? Do you blame US state governments when fleeing federal felons are finally located in their state?