One Less Headache
It just occurred to me--if Osama Bin Laden had been captured rather than killed, it would have presented an odd problem for the Obama administration. Not just the ones that everyone talks about, such as classified information being released at trial, terrorist incidents to free him, propaganda opportunities, etc. No, this would be something weirder.
If we were holding him now, the Obama administration would be attempting to get information, but, presumably, would not use "enhanced interrogation techniques." I'm pretty certain most Americans would support such techniques, though.
So imagine the debate. Obama, who captured Osama, would say we're getting plenty of useful intelligence. His opponent would claim we've got to waterboard him. I could almost imagine the election turning on the issue.