“The guy’s a goner. The only question is whether he’ll be arrested in cuffs or taken dead. He deserves to die.... You’d need some DNA. There’s a good way to do it. Take a machete, and whack off his head, and you’ll get a bucketful of DNA, so you can see it and test it. It beats lugging the whole body back!”--Cofer Black, State Department counter-terrorism coordinator.
A pretty good article about the search for Osama Bin Laden, from the New Yorker.