Osama bin Laden is dead.
It took almost ten long years, but the deed is done. The titular head of radical islamic terrorism is, quite literally, sleeping with the fishes.
The wave of patriotism and joy that is sweeping over the country is a sight to behold. Today is a day of elation, unity and national pride. Three things that have been in short supply for far too long.
Osama bin Laden took more than American lives that fateful day in 2001. He took something deeper; he took our sense of infallability. But yesterday our fine military - the best in the world - reminded us "that you can hit us, you can knock us down, but we're gonna get up and when we do, we're gonna find you and kick your ass!" Some may lament the 'eye for an eye' attitude, but sometimes that is exactly what is called for (no small irony that he actually was shot in the eye). Let's not forget that this slaughterer of innocents, in his final moments, used a woman as a human shield. A heartless coward to the end.
I had originally planned to do a post on how unusually quiet May Day was yesterday. Europe, in particular, is usually awash in riots on May Day, but it seemed almost preternaturally quiet. I thought it might have something to do with the residual comraderie from the royal wedding, but now, in retrospect, it's almost like it was the calm before the storm.
Of course politicians on the left are attempting to take all the credit for the get. It is important to give President Obama high marks for making the call to send in the SEALs. It was a risky call, and if it had gone badly, he would have taken a lot of heat, especially since the Pakistan government wasn't informed of the operation. He took a big chance, and it paid off. But it is also important that credit should also be given to the CIA and George W. Bush for their interrogation techniques in secret prisons that got the initial information that started us down the path to bin Laden.
Yes, those hated programs that democrats - including our current president - went after, demonized and shut down as soon as they could are directly responsible for the actionable intelligence that led to the raid on bin Laden's compound for which they are now taking credit. We certainly didn't get a tip-off from our "allies" in Pakistan. No doubt there will be more investigation into their role in covering up his residency, but that is a story for another day. No, the reality is, the Bush administration knew what needed to be done, and Obama is the beneficiary, as are we all. The problem is, now that the head is off the hydra and we've taken away the weapon that enabled us to decapitate it in the first place, what do we do when the replacements step in?
There is a good chance al Qaeda will attempt to retaliate, so we must be ever vigilant, but for today, let's indulge in some national therapy and celebrate!
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Monday, May 2, 2011
Osama bin Laden is dead.