The death of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Pakistan has brought to full boil the long-simmering debate over the current aims and merits of the nation's 10-year war in Afghanistan.
And though there are those still making forceful arguments for sustained military engagement in the country that harbored bin Laden and his al-Qaida operatives after the 2001 attacks, his demise has broadened and intensified calls for the U.S. to get out.
U.S. officials say Osama bin Laden was found by tracking his most trusted courier. Knowledge about that courier was gleaned in part through the interrogation of detainees, either at Guantanamo or in CIA prisons. Supporters of the Bush administration's detention policies say the bin Laden operation demonstrated that "enhanced interrogation" tactics actually worked to provide valuable information. Some intelligence officials say that argument is too simplistic.