OBL’s long overdue demise does not mean there are no longer ‘terrorists’ who wish to attack America. Conversely neither does it imply al-Qaida will implode in the coming weeks.
OBL’s demise should mean that America can finally wake from its fever dream fascination with the hallucinatory “war on terror” OBL represented. While OBL was hiding out “in the caves along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border” the threat he represented was far more ominous and real than a Homeland Security chart. 1
Though acknowledged his role in al-Qaida was diminished by his absence, OBL had been sold to us as the embodiment of terrorism. 2
I’m not saying we’ve spent the last 10 years cowering behind the couch, but it is worth noting that the day after OBL snuffed it Kansas
Jackass Governor Brownback scared the shit out of his state’s prairie dog populace by raising the existential threat level amid the wheat fields. 3
OBL was the justification for thedisasterously illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq 4, the raison d’Ãªtre for torture, wiretaps, mass firings of the nations’ Attorneys Generals, the double-super secret PRISM information gathering program, prisoner abuse, illegal prisons, rendition, the curbing of constitutional rights, Lady Gaga, and much much more.
Hard to believe we’ve spent the last ten years creating an atmosphere of secrecy and paranoia in this country worthy of Baron Munchausen in response to one attack on American soil. Perhaps now the boogieman is dead we can return to a reality promised not that long ago:
“…the fight against terrorists and violent extremists has been returned to its right and proper place: no longer defining, indeed, distorting our entire national security and foreign policy, but rather serving as a vital part of those larger policies. President Obama has made it clear that the United States will not be defined simply by what we are against, but by what we are for the opportunity, liberties, prosperity, and common aspirations we share with the world.
Rather than looking at allies and other nations through the narrow prism of terrorism whether they are with us or against us the administration is now engaging other countries and peoples across a broader range of areas. Rather than treating so many of our foreign affairs programs foreign assistance, development, democracy promotion as simply extensions of the fight against terrorists, we will do these things promote economic growth, good governance, transparency and accountability because they serve our common interests and common security; not just in regions gripped by violent extremism, but around the world.” (link)
President Obama made a decision not to release death
pr0n pictures of OBL.
“…we don’t need to spike the football.”
To my mind that’s exactly right. It tightly follows with not allowing OBL’s body to be carried away and buried, an obvious potential shrine for decades to come. Even a photo of a desecrated OBL would do just as well; photography has the power to lift even otherwise obscure back-benchers into national prominence; no need to add to this particular individual’s legend.
Intelligence combined with a decisive will: kudos, Mr. President.
Fuck a buncha waterboarding. No matter what you believe or think you know, the whisper-stream over the last couple of years put OBL squarely in Pakistan, obviously
protected by Pakistan invisible to the naked eye. Intelligence related to OBL’s location developed along those lines as well as cash and threats to certain Pakis to not piss themselves while we did the deed had been known for years.
Get over yourselves.
Odds and ends:
- JSOC rocks – always has, always will.
- The pilot of the chopper that FUBAR’d? Stones the size an elephant, man; he landed the bird in the compound anyfuckinway. Hooah, indeed.
- Apparently JSOC has contained every other American male born since 1970; I’ve talked to more hooahs, snake eaters, force recons, deltas and green faces since Monday than Iever did when I served.
- Up to this point no one’s claimed chairborne status. Heh heh.
Again, JSOC rocks – always has, always will.
Which is why this last weekend’s Tomahawk strike against children under the age of 12 was so disappointing. It was, in point of fact, nauseating. There is absolutely no reason that President Obama could not have ordered a covert action similar to the one that killed OBL.
And given the unexplained and uncharacteristic stupidity of President Obama in ordering the unjustified and ongoing kinetic military action in Libya, last Saturday’s action borders on lunacy.
Three children under the age of 12? There is absolutely no justification in the world for that; who the hell did Obama think he was – Shrub? Has the President sat down with Michelle and the kids and explained himself? How about Congress?
Those children’s deaths are morally reprehensible.
Indeed, it is safe to say that America’s participation in the bombardment of Libya, and the outright assassination attempts against its ruler Muammar Qadhafi, are equivalent to the illegalities of the previous Administration. No legal reason has been presented to Congress or the American people for our actions in Libya. War certainly hasn’t been declared.
Worse, it’s as if President Obama has channeled Shrub and now “trusts his gut.”
Good grief, sir: you just nailed the world’s biggest badass
alive; stand down from Libya and hasten our exits from Iraq and Afghanistan before you do something equally stupid there, too.
- Then again, what wasn’t? ↩
- That we bought the lie reflects both the simplicity of our thinking as well as why “reality” shows work. ↩
- Those in the know hear tell that Brownback and Texas Gov. Perry have scheduled a private “retreat” this weekend to, among other things, plan their states’ respective secessions. And may we just say…not a moment too soon! ↩
- That idiocy alone so drained the nation’s treasury that -in combination with the Bush tax cuts- it was easily half the cause of 2008’s recession. ↩