Just some thoughts on the dispatching of Osama:
Let’s start by making sure credit for this is given to all the parties that deserve it. First, I hope they make a movie about the SEAL team that got to go in and execute the plan. It has all the parts of a good movie: overall plot (kill the terrorist mastermind), buildup (years of searching and intelligence), suspense (one chopper lost on the ingress), action (fast roping on the roof, gunfight), and a happy ending.
Kudos also to everyone from top to bottom that was involved in the search. that includes folks under Bush as well as the current folks under Obama. The president was very classy in mentioning that the effort started under Bush, and also in calling him to let him know OBL was dead.
And yes, credit to Obama. Though I give more credit to the folks below him, he gets credit not only for being the final go-no go decision maker, but for keeping good folks working for him in order to get this done.
LET’S NOT GIVE HIM A CAPE JUST YET
I’ve noticed that many of Obama’s supporters have gone beyond the simple idea of giving him credit for getting OBL. Many are already running the victory lap for the 2012 election. My friends, slow your roll. There is a lot of time between now and election day. And with gas prices going up, unemployment still around 10%, and other issues going on, getting rid of OBL is not enough to punch his ticket into term #2.
If all else fails, look at Bush I. He had the whole world behind him as the US and its allies went in and kicked Saddam out of Kuwait and back to Baghdad. But on inauguration day in 1993, the person sworn in was named Clinton, not Bush.
OBL BURIED AT SEA
Evidently, the body of Osama was buried at sea. Per Muslim tradition, a person must be buried within 24 hours of death. So nice of the US to go ahead and adhere to such. The reasoning behind the move makes sense. Finding a country to take OBL’s remains may have been tough, and on top of that, burying him at sea preventing OBL supporters from creating a shrine.
But lets just count how long it takes before the conspiracy theorists take this and run. Was it faked? Why not show everyone the actual body? Is he really dead?
INTERESTING BITS OF INFO EMERGING
–OBL was given a chance to surrender. He opted not to. He caught a bullet in the left eye as a result. In the left eye. that’s some impressive shooting.
–Is someone going to try and convince me that authorities in Pakistan didn’t know OBL was living in the city in a massive mansion? !t was located within sptting distance of the Pakistan Military Academy. Yeah, right!
–There was a plan to bomb the compound in March. They were going to use two B-2 stealth bombers to drop a bunch of bombs on it. But Obama didn’t sign off because there wouldn’t have been enough left to confirm OBL was dead.
Bottom line: Osama Bin Laden is taking a dirt nap. Good riddance.