"President Obama faced sharply divided counsel and, to his mind, barely better-than-even odds of success when he ordered the commando raid last week that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the president said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
"Obama acknowledged having only circumstantial evidence placing bin Laden at the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There was not a single photograph or confirmed sighting of the man, he said, and he worried that the Navy SEALs would find only a prince from Dubai instead of the terrorist leader responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
"At the end of the day, this was still a 55-45 situation, Obama told CBS's 60 Minutes in his first broadcast interview since bin Laden's death early last Monday. I mean, we could not say definitively that bin Laden was there. Had he not been there, then there would have been some significant consequences."