So now we need permission
To me, it would seem that when you have "high certainty" about the location of many top al-Qaeda leaders -- you know, terrorists responsible for almost 3,000 murders on American soil on 9/11 -- and you have the U.S. military ready for a "snatch and grab" mission, you'd want to have the military get them and get out.
But again, perhaps I don't understand. Because according to The New York Times, when then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced that very situation in 2005, he called off a planned raid. Why? Because he didn't have permission from the president of Pakistan to send in a few hundred troops to grab some top leaders of a group that killed almost 3,000 people on American soil.
Well, we certainly wouldn't want to seem impolite.