Do you think there was a chance in hell if after the assassination hit they realized it wasn't Bin Ladin anyone in the intelligence or political structure ordering this would admit it? That the CIA would publicly say "oops?" Or Obama would go on TV and declare he had committed political suicide like Jimmy Carter's botched rescue in Iran? No chance whatsoever. ALL they could do is destroy the evidence (body) and hope the few witnesses keep quiet - including the Seal Team - unless of course somehow they go killed in combat or in accidents?
Of course, that doesn't mean Obama and staff didn't believe it was Bin Ladin. How could they know other than what they were told? Why would they not want it to be anyway?
The goals? Get out of Afghanistan. Re-elect Obama. How could they so easily do that with Bin Ladin on the loose. So kill him, declare "mission accomplished" - without using those words, declare Obama the man who killed Bin Ladin - and thus their pal re-elected too. Thus, it was "mission accomplished" - for which whether Bin Ladin was actually killed or not irrelevant. How convenient to the timing of wanting to leave Afghanistan? And to the election.
What is more disturbing is that the only actual living witnesses, the Seal Team, suddenly are being killed off in freak accidents and bizarre deaths after this. Were Seal Team members every so quickly killed off? Ever? Without them, no one, ever, can question it was Bin Ladin because no living person actually knows either way.
Maybe, a couple generations for now, people will know - but no longer care. No, N. Vietnam actually did not attack a US Destroyer. No, Spain did not sink the Maine. Yes, the Lusitania was carrying a massive amount of armaments... 3 wars - all based upon outright lies by the government. As just examples.
But decades later no one cares and no one pays for the lies even as great as taking us into wars with hundreds of thousands of casualties and tens of thousands killed at the cost of trillions of dollars lost (and hundreds of billions made by those who promoted and profited from the lies.)
I think they killed some old guy who looked like Bin Ladin because it obtained their goals. MAYBE they thought it was him. Maybe not. And, like all great lies in the past around war and politics, nearly everyone just believes because what they are told by the same people who clearly benefit from it say so.
No other reason to believe it all, is there other than Obama says the CIA says it was Obama and the Seal Team kept quiet - those alive anyway - and the record entirely put into the care of the CIA. Book never opened is closed.