Obama's Choice and the Social Psychology of Group Decision Making | Arie Kruglanski

To an appreciable degree, the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday, May 1 was driven by President Obama's courageous choice to authorize direct action by U.S. Navy Seals at the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden was hiding. Obama undertook this decision under great uncertainty, with only marginally favorable odds (of 55 to 45), as he described in his interview with 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft.

Significantly, Obama arrived at his fateful decision despite considerable splits within the national security team about the ultimate wisdom of the action. Of even greater interest, Obama extolled the virtues of such disagreements. In his words to Kroft: "the fact that there were some who voiced do