I finally watched the movie Zero Dark Thirty recently. As Hollywood would like you to have it, this is the heroine-ized, me-alone-against-the-world version of the search for ben Laden. In the heroine Maya’s own words (acted superbly by Jessica Chastain), “I’m the motherfucker that found this place, sir.” (Woe to the CIA if a lowly analyst in a very tall CIA totem pole can say such words to the Director.)
The fact of the matter is it took the U.S. government billions of dollars, countless assets and personnel to finally get their man. If you are interested to read about the hunt and killing of ben Laden (but is feedup of the Navy SEALs’ muscle version of the story), you can do no better than read Mark Bowden’s (He is also the author of Black Hawk Down.) The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Bowden even claims to have talked to President Obama about his take on the raid and killing.