There is a motto etched on a Navy SEAL training school building in California: "The only easy day was yesterday."
It captures the grit and willpower required to be a member of the Navy's elite force, a group that includes Naval Academy graduates and is supposed to have the training and smarts to be sent on any mission, anywhere in the world at any time.
Sunday's operation was one that two presidents have called America's No. 1 priority: Bring Osama bin Laden to justice.
It shoved the SEALs into the limelight. A spokeswoman for the group said Monday she could not say a word about the mission, even to confirm that the force was involved. Some major news organizations identified the group as SEALs while others were more circumspect, referring more broadly to special forces.