Obama Gets Osama: A Chapter Closes
Fast and furious since about 10pm last night, news comes out about our Navy SEALS special forces conducting a raid and finally nailing Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of September 11th and other deadly attacks, at a safehouse in Pakistan.
From what I’m gathering from various stories this morning, this was a many year process to finally get there. Apparently, one of Bin Laden’s trusted contacts was an anonymous courier, that we finally learned about after conducting interrogations at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. And apparently, no one knew this man’s real name until 2007, that’s how hidden and careful they were. But it was the one little, almost insignificant clue that eventually uncovered more, until it led to the safehouse where he was found and put out of our misery.
Let me be the first to admit, I was apparently wrong; I had honestly believed that Bin Laden was buried under a mountain in Tora Bora, long dead. The Al Qaida leadership, in my thinking, was just using old tapes, acting in his name, letting recruits and others believe the admired leader was still behind them. And for our part, we played along; letting everyone think he was still consuming oxygen worked for us better than letting them hold him up as a martyr to encourage others to join the fight against the Great Satan.
So now, he’s gone. But as the President said last night, this is not the end of it; there are many others ready and willing to move up into his place.
Sigh. And now, comes the inevitable speculation on political ramifications.
As anyone who reads this know, I’m no fan of Obama. On this instance, I will applaud the President for taking the intelligence briefings, listening to advice, and giving the proper orders that led us to this moment. Credit where credit is due. Salute!
I’m also thinking the timing actually leads to a little credibility, to anyone who wants to doubt, or thinks this may have been staged for re-election chops. The election is actually too far out, and we all have been far enough removed from September 11th in the first place (time-wise, I mean) for this to have a significant effect on the electorate.
This will help to bolster the President, for the short term absolutely. As it should; when a President stands up for America, and does the right thing, no matter who it is, we should stand behind him as one people. While many people and events took part to make this happen, and it was President Bush who actually started this ball rolling, I will credit Obama for picking up that ball and following through.
So let’s take a day or two, put aside our regular sniping back and forth, and raise a glass to everyone who made this come out the way it did. President Obama, Bush, Cabinet members, intelligence officers, and all the men and women in uniform who stand up to keep us all safe from monsters like Bin Laden. Here’s to all of you!
This won’t change my mind, however about voting for him next year.