Incidentally, the man responsible for leading the raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

According to a piece by Asher Price at the Austin American-Statesman:

Long before he was overseeing efforts to nab or kill Osama bin Laden, Bill McRaven [right] graduated with a degree in journalism at the University of Texas.

McRaven, now a vice-admiral, had been something of a bin Laden hunter for at least a half-dozen years before successfully directing the Sunday attack as the leader of the Joint Special Operations Command. McRaven, who hails from San Antonio, began preparing for his own storied career as a Navy SEAL, the elite special operations forces, while an undergraduate at UT.

Apparently McRaven also wrote a book 15 years ago called Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice.

Spec Ops is about maneuvers “conducted by forces specially trained, equipped, and supported for a specific target whose destruction, elimination, or rescue… is a political or military imperative.” Spooky. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer