TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY: Newsweek explains how we knew where Saddam was that first night: we had a man on the inside.

Update: I posted this link on Command Post and got this good response from Mike at Armchair Analyst: “Does this newsweek article give us a little too much info. Are we to assume that the man on the inside is no longer on the inside (or alive.) Otherwise we wouldn’t leak the story…right?” Good point.

Update: Reader R. Mumaw observes, “Or maybe we didn’t have anyone ‘inside,’ but want to foster suspicion and distrust in the Iraqi command structure.” Also quite possible.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.