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'Zero Dark Thirty' has the facts wrong – and that's a problem, not just for the Oscars

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OPINION: Osama bin Laden and America's long journey from 9/11 to 5/1

My account of the decisionmaking process that led to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound was a lead article in TIME magazine’s May 7, 2012 issue, a year after bin Laden’s death. And from my study of what really happened, I see glaring holes in the story as portrayed by “Zero Dark Thirty.”

In assessing the essential veracity of the film, we could ask ordinary viewers three questions:

Most viewers I have spoken to believe, based on the film, that the answer to each of these questions is yes. In fact, in each case, the answer is no.

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