On the front page of Imgur today, there's a great post featuring "the greatest understatements of all time." It's a really fun read, featuring legendary quotes like "Houston, we've had a problem."
But they forgot one. In the middle of the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, Adm. Bill McRaven, commanding the operation from Afghanistan and relaying updates to the president and his team in the White House Situation room, delivered an unforgettable understatement when things looked like they were starting to go wrong.
It was the most important military operation in decades, a daring raid to kill the world's most infamous, and most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, and one of the two helicopters had just crashed inside the compound.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that they were all holding their breath. The President said that they were all cognizant of the failed
But as Williams says in his report: "Back inside the Situation Room, listening to Adm. McRaven's play-by-play of the mission, you'd never know something had gone wrong."
All McRaven said to the Situation Room was: "We've amended the mission."
"That room had tremendous confidence, because indeed, the officer commanding this operation, Adm. McRaven, didn't have a change in intonation in his voice," said Tom Donilon, who at the time was the National Security Advisor.
"He is a cool customer," the Obama said of McRaven, laughing.
In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Associated Press/Yonhap/Kim Jun-bum)
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