perhaps, but 40 minutes?
It is possible they got nothing.
However, the fire fight apparently only lasted about 5 minutes. And they were on the ground about 45 minutes. That allows about 40 minutes to collect "nothing"? I am sure they were not hanging around having mint tea. It was grab and go.
It is possible nothing was there. And it is possible that they spent 40 minutes looking.
But, if they planned on never having visitors the chances are fairly good that they were less careful about keeping things clean. Perhaps no plans to leave suddenly. Moving around will just get yourself discovered.
But, all that being said, I like the idea of claiming to have captured the lot. That should force everyone that was not aware of the place being clean to have to jump up and move.
I am sure the Seals are ready for a whack the mole game.
And it is possible that they get collect a fair amount and still wanted to see who jumps up. It is not going to be easy to carry out a number of similar raids in Pakistan. But, if everyone moves, you have much better targets.
You have to keep in mind that they said they did not really know Bin Laden was there. And I think that is a true statement.
Having good solid intelligence is really hard to come by.
I trust the military and the CIA is playing this kind of game with some skill and intelligence regardless of what it looks like. Perhaps too much to ask of the military but the CIA has a few smart people on this.
I only hope they can do what they are hired to carry out.