I've studied a lot of military history, and one thing that has always struck me is how many times there has been severe loss of life and other disasters because of stupid actions by battlefield commanders. I heard a report that using elite forces to go after a mid-level islamofascist leader is like (my words) using a bar of gold to pound in a nail (even though people still would have gotten killed if it were regular troops.) Also, why were so many people in one aircraft? Obviously they should have been split up in several smaller helicopters. The chinook is a big dumb slow target when landing. What were they thinking?