Osama Bin Laden is dead, and there is no way of interpreting this as other than great and wonderful news. Although Al Qaeda is not destroyed, and some will hold him as a martyr, Bin Laden was personally guilty of thousands of acts of murder, an enemy or the USA and all law abiding peace loving countries on this planet, and the leader of one of the most illegitimate murderous terrorist organizations in the world. His personal existence was an encouragement to his followers, and his death is a devastating blow to them (notwithstanding the spin they will surely espouse and any possible reprisals). America's actions send a strong warning to others who seek to commit similar heinous acts of terror and murder against the United States of America. This event also sends a clear message that justice will be brought to those responsible for such legal crimes and immorality, no matter where they hide, how careful their security, how rich their organization, or how complicit the country in which they were hiding. It also proves that President Obama, and his democratic administration, are stronger than Bush and his republican administration in the area of National Security.
But, let's take note that Republicans often run on a platform of being strong on "National Security." Yet President Bush had nine months to prevent 9/11, and more than seven years to bring Bin Laden to justice after 9/11. Bush, his administration, and the entire government and military (under his command and control) failed miserably, despite spending trillions of dollars and commencing two wars. In the name or protecting National Security, Bush also gave his administration extraordinary powers (which concurrently eroded the rights we treasure which are set forth in the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States). Bush's embarrassing, unconstitutional actions, and violations of international law and standards include the torture of inmates at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and Abu Ghraib, and the enactment of the Homeland Security Act, all of which were done, and tolerated, in the name of National Security.
But Bush and the Republicans failed, and failed miserably, despite these two wars and extraordinary actions and measures, to bring Bin Laden to justice or advance USA National Security. The economic costs, human costs, and public relations damage of Bush's actions will be suffered for decades by Americans. Without a doubt, the National Security of the USA was catastrophically damaged by the Bush administration's actions and failures, all with the concurrence of Republican Congressional members. President Obama, his administration, and our government and military (under his command and control) in the two short years President Obama has been in office, not only captured and killed Bin Laden, but did it without Bush's extraordinary and problematic measures. President Obama showed his strength of leadership, especially in the area of National Security, his effectiveness as a President, and his commitment, ability, and desire to advance the interests of the United States of America. President Obama proved that democrats are as strong and effective in advancing the nation's National Security as anyone else could claim.
This occurrence also puts further shames and exposes those (including Donald Trump and other Republicans) who would slander the President by claiming that the President lied about his place of birth and religion (which slanderous allegations had already been conclusively put to rest), and then implying that the President was not a competent loyal American who would and could advance American interests.
Postscript: Two events of significance have occurred worth commenting on. First, many Republicans seek have credit for Bin Laden's death shared with Bush. They claim that it was during years of effort under Bush's administration that vital intelligence was obtained. This is false. First, the special division of the Seals which carried out this mission began forming after President Carter's failed to rescue the hostages in Iran. The need for a "Super Elite" squad of specialized counter-terrorism experts was recognized and created.
Under the Bush administration, all that happened was two wars and the torture and interrogation of captured people, both guilty combatants and innocent civilians. This incurred a great economic and humanitarian expense (both to our soldiers and to the Iraqi people) as well as a tremendous cost to the prestige of the United States. It was under the Obama administration that the intelligence was put together to actually find Bin Laden, and then the plan was formulated and executed to capture/kill him. Had the plan gone wrong, rest assured that these same Republican pundits and spin masters would not be giving Obama a break by claiming that it was not his fault as this effort "spanned many presidential administrations" as they now claim the credit does.
Another event is that Pakistan has announced, on May 10, 2011, that they will retaliate against America for any future incursions. Let the world be on notice that it is the inherent right to hunt down any person like Bin Laden and any organization like Al Queda which has effectively waged war on America, and that any country which harbours such people and groups, either through intentional complicity or passive incompetence, has waged its right to sovereignty and "dserves what it gets."
We are the people who have the courage to stand up to the wrong of our country and make it right!
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