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Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Dead

Boy, nothin' like wakin' up to THIS kind of news!

Well, this apparently happened last night-- I believe it was announced at about 10-10:30pm. It's said in the news media that when a presidential press conference is called at this time, it usually means that there is some foreign policy news to announce. It seems that of all the things going on the world, no one expected the death of America's Enemy #1 Osama bin Laden! FINALLY, right? After what...10 years of hiding or whatever, our intelligence and military tracked him down to a huge compound/mansion in Abbotabad, Pakistan (a suburb of their capital Islamabad). US Navy Seals managed to infiltrate the compound, then got into a fire-fight with Bin Laden and others after they resisted,  which led to Bin Laden getting shot in his left eye, killing him.

Sounds like a movie, doesn't it? Elite team of soldiers go in to find America's top enemy...'s the kind of thing that makes a hero out of men. I'm not sure if there's a chance that the team that finally "punched bin Laden's dialysis ticket" will ever be revealed, but if they are-- they'll be plastered on television, read about it books, seen in movies with actors like Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. And all this time, many people actually thought he was dead...!

Well, we know that Bush had said that he didn't really think about Bin Laden much. Imagine-- if the President of the United States says that he's not thinking about capturing the man that is said to have masterminded the greatest terrorist attack on American soil...and on HIS would think that this evil, evil man was of no real threat or danger. But Bush's tenure in office came and went, and he failed to either capture or kill the man that attacked out country. The man, mind you, that he was WARNED ABOUT less than one month before the 9/11 attacks.

Now enters Barack Obama-- the man that many people did not want to elect, ironically enough, because they thought his named sounded too much like Osama (idiots). Within a few months after taking the oath of office, he put forward an investigation into a new plan to find bin Laden and bring him to justice-- dead or alive. It took two years of following one lead that took up to 8 years to get it, via interrogations from Abu Gharib (is this why when Obama ended up keeping Guantanamo Bay open?) . That lead was a nickname of a courier that worked for bin Laden. It took them nearly 2 years to get the real name of this person, and track him down to the compound where bin Laden was located. Friday night, President Obama gave the order to move in.

Two helicopters with two US Navy Seal teams flew into the compound around 1am Pakistan time. One of the helicopters had even crash landed at the site, but no one was hurt. Forty minutes later, the Seals piled into the remaining helicopter with the body of Osama bin Laden. The body was then inspected to confirm the identification, and blood was extracted for DNA testing. Then they buried him at sea.

Now, I thought it was kind of odd that they would bury him at sea, and so quickly at that. Apparently, it's Islamic law that a body needs to be buried within 24 hours of death. Also, there was a fear that setting up a burial site for bin Laden would only serve as a shrine to future terrorists. As if they need a shrine-- the man is forever a martyr at this point.

Again, I missed this last night-- I was going to bed by the time this was announced. Other people were up, though:

What's unclear to me is when these people actually heard about the news, then took to the streets to celebrate. I guess this must have been within 20-30 minutes of the announcement? I mean, if I had heard about this, would I have time to grab my American flag and get down there to celebrate? Well, I don't even have an American flag, so I guess that's not a fair question.

Well, there's not much else to report at this point. I'm sure more news will come out as the days and weeks continue. In the meantime, yeah...bin Laden is dead. Can you believe it? I guess that means Obama will be a two-term president after all. And no, I don't believe that this is a ploy to get Obama re-elected. Anyone who follows politics knows that the Squad of Losers competing of the GOP nomination will not stand a chance against Obama. I will say that the one thing that bothers me is the fact that Pakistani officials claim that they had no idea bin Laden was is Abbotabad-- which is a mere 2 hours from Islamabad. It wasn't like bin Laden was held up in a shack in the woods somewhere-- this guy was staying in a HUGE mansion- no phones were allowed, and all garbage was to be burned. Hiding in plain sight. So...I guess Pakistan has got some 'splainin' to do.

This is a pretty big deal-- big news. When you've got Dick Cheney congratulating you, that's both spooky and impressive. Now that the boogie man is dead...who do we have next to fear and hate?

UPDATE: By the way, this picture is a fake--

Also-- earlier in the day, if you looked up "buried at sea" on Wikipedia, it listed US Navy personnel eligibility for a free burial at sea. Guess who made the list?

They've since removed his name.

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