Congratulations to our Armed Services
Osama Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team 6 in a suburb outside the capital of Pakistan:
In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade. American officials said Bin Laden resisted and was shot in the head. He was later buried at sea.
The strike could exacerbate deep tensions with Pakistan, which has periodically bristled at American counterterrorism efforts even as Bin Laden evidently found safe refuge on its territory for nearly a decade. Since taking office, Mr. Obama has ordered significantly more drone strikes on suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan, stirring public anger there and prompting the Pakistani government to protest.
When the end came for Bin Laden, he was found not in the remote tribal areas along the Pakistani-Afghan border where he has long been presumed to be sheltered, but in a massive compound about an hour’s drive north from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. He was hiding in the medium-sized city of Abbottabad, home to a large Pakistani military base and a military academy of the Pakistani Army.
The house at the end of a narrow dirt road was roughly eight times larger than other homes in the area, but had no telephone or Internet connections. When American operatives converged on the house on Sunday, Bin Laden “resisted the assault force” and was killed in the middle of an intense gun battle, a senior administration official said, but details were still sketchy early Monday morning.
The official said that military and intelligence officials first learned last summer that a “high-value target” was being protected in the compound and began working on a plan for going in to get him. Beginning in March, Mr. Obama presided over five national security meetings at the White House to go over plans for the operation and on Friday morning, just before leaving Washington to tour tornado damage in Alabama, gave the final order for special forces and C.I.A. operatives to strike.
Pakistan has some ‘splaining to do. Given Bin laden wasn’t found huddling in some cave with a dialysis machine, this is just more proof that Pakistan, while taking billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, is playing both sides. This is unacceptable. The amount of money flowing to the corrupt Pakistani leadership has to be turned down, if not off completely. At a time when middle America is being forced to sacrifice economically for the good of future generations, then Pakistan should be called on the carpet for their ridiculous enabling of America’s enemies. Of course, the same could be said of the corrupt Afghan leadership.
Hopefully this death will bring some amount of closure for families and friends of those killed on 9/11 and for the families of servicemen and women who have lost their lives in America’s “forgotten war” in Afghanistan.
ps. Already the conspiracy theory-types are hard at work spinning this saying Bin Laden is not really dead, that Obama made up the buried at sea story so he wouldn’t have to produce a body, that this is all a stunt to boost his poll numbers. It’s really unbelievably irrational and it just never stops. I’d like to just ignore these people but there are just so many of them.