Also in Slate, Daniel Byman analyzes the future of al-Qaida, Anne Applebaum applauds America's use of human intelligence over expensive technologies, and John Dickerson notes the silence from those who criticized Obama's military tactics. And don't miss Christopher Hitchens' article on Bin Laden's legacy, or David Weigel's coverage on the scene outside the White House. For the most up-to-date-coverage, visit The Slatest. Slate's complete coverage on the Osama Bin Laden assassination is rounded up here.
(Updates 1:15 p.m.: 1) Politico's Mike Allen reports that U.S. officials "knew there were 22 people living" in the compound. This confirms the precision of U.S. visual intelligence. 2.) Allen says the raid was pushed back from Saturday to Sunday because of bad weather. This is consistent with air support or surveillance. 3) Allen reports that the commandos "scavenged every shred and pixel of possible intelligence material from the house." That would be one of the raid's most impressive achievements, given the tight schedule, firefight, and copter trouble. 4) Reuters (via The Slatest) says the commandos were given orders for a "kill operation" in which Bin Laden would have been taken alive only if he clearly surrendered. 5) BBC News says the compound "lies well within Abbottabad's military cantonment, and it is likely the area would have had a constant and significant military presence and checkpoints," which further suggests Pakistani complicity.)