Obama: Risky approach on bin Laden was the best

May 9, 2011 - 2:30 AM
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In this image taken from video and released by CBS, President Barack Obama is seen during an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. During the interview, Obama told Kroft that he decided not to release the photos taken of Osama Bin Laden after he was killed by Navy SEALS in Pakistan. (AP Photos/CBS) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARCHIVE; NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he knew that sending special forces in helicopters to get Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan compound was risky, but he felt it was the best way to make sure they had their man.

Obama says in an interview aired Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he thought it was very important to be able to say they "definitely got the guy."

The president says that even with months of intelligence work, the odds bin Laden was in the compound were only about 55-45. But Obama says he had such confidence in the special forces that he decided that the risks were outweighed by the benefits.

A team of Navy SEALs stormed the compound near Islamabad a week ago and killed the terror leader.