But I wonder if any evidence will come out that the Iraq War helped us get intelligence that led us to him.
The Afghanistan War presents even more interesting questions. We didn't find bin Laden in Afghanistan or even in the mountainous wild provinces of NW Pakistan than border Afghanistan. We found him in the suburbs of Islamabad.
Sure, our attack on Afghanistan drove him and the Taliban out of power. But did our extended occupation, nation-building, and recent escalation there help us get him? Did we "chase" him to this compound? The location of his compound doesn't suggest a man feeling chased.
But maybe all our efforts there brought us the intelligence to hunt down and capture him.
More information will come out slowly about this catch. And it should help us better understand the wisdom of our invasions and occupations in that part of the world.