By Sen. Rand Paul Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Most Americans remember where they were on 9/11/2001.
I was performing eye surgery in Bowling Green, Ky. I walked out of surgery and into a patient’s room to find a scene of horror being played on the television screen.
I also remember where I was on May 2, 2011, when SEAL Team 6 infiltrated Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed him. Americans were very proud of SEAL Team 6 and of our entire military for finally capturing and killing this mass murderer.
In the weeks leading up to that attack on the compound by SEAL Team 6, there was a doctor in Pakistan who helped us determine bin Laden’s exact location. Doctors are not soldiers. We’re taught to heal and to help. Dr. Shakil Afridi helped the only way he knew how — through the use of his medical practice.
Dr. Afridi is a Pakistani doctor who risked his life to provide us with information that confirmed the location of the compound that housed bin Laden and his family. Dr. Afridi set up what ostensibly was a vaccination clinic near the bin Laden home and urged the children of the house to come and be vaccinated. While they were there, he took DNA swabs from their mouths and was able to confirm that they were direct relatives of Osama bin Laden.