I’m probably the last person to put this piece together. Here’s what Omar had to say about the Raymond Davis affair a while back:
I think there probably are some secret layers of decision-making where deep and dark evil is planned, but that is not the dominant long-term plan in relation to any country. I think the actual situation on a larger-scale is some combination of naivete, ignorance, arrogance, good intentions, individual bureaucratic empire building and inertia.
At the time, I remember a lot of people wondering why the US put such effort into getting Raymond Davis back. After all, what was the harm in letting the issue tide over? Demanding that he be extricated infuriated a lot of people. Now, there’s this from the Wall Street Journal:
Weighing on the minds of several officials was the fate of a CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, being held in a Lahore jail after having shot two Pakistanis in disputed circumstances. Mr. Panetta, pressing hard for his release, worried Mr. Davis might be killed if the U.S. couldn’t spring him before the bin Laden raid.
[Seal Team 6] had experience with cross-border operations from Afghanistan into Pakistan, and had language skills that would come in handy as well. The team performed two rehearsals at a location inside the U.S.
So US Special Forces routinely operate within Pakistani boarders, to the point that they are somewhat familiar with Urdu? Interesting.
And how did the American raid evade detection?
In addition, because the U.S. helped equip and train Pakistan’s military, it had intimate knowledge of the country’s capabilities—from the sensitivity of the radar systems deployed along the Afghan border to the level of alert for Pakistani forces in and around Islamabad and Abbottabad.
If Pakistan scrambled F-16s to investigate, the U.S. knew how long it would take the planes to reach the area, officials said. The U.S. supplies F-16s to Pakistan on the condition they are kept at a Pakistani military base with 24/7 U.S. security surveillance, according to diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Good to know.