Having just returned from a two day “college tour” with our high school junior I actually was in bed at 9:30 last night and did not hear the news until this morning. The great news. It was funny listening to the right-leaning talk shows today as the hosts grudgingly gave praise to Obama, but not quite happy about it. I am happy about it and can acknowledge that “It’s Bush’s fault.” Having taken the mess of our intelligence community left after Clinton and Garelick (the “Wall” lady) and infusing a mass of support and pride our human intelligence (“humint”)capabilities were greatly improved. That’s not saying much since our humint was so lacking, but yesterday’s events prove the value of himint. We may never know what all transpired, but Obama, perhaps unwittingly gave props to Bush,
“last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden” [emphasis added]
Politics will poison the happy news as Obama supporters will suggest that the “debate” is over and Obama will get another four years, Obama haters will downplay the significance of the murder, conspiracy folks will claim that he wasn’t killed (probably the position of many Muslims), and many Muslim leaders will continue to hate America and foment terror. I suspect that this event will have little impact on the global war in man-made disasters to control overseas contingency operations. A snapshot of The Drudge Report reinforces this.
The sceptic in me believes that the politicians will milk this for many many months. We’ll be subjected to endless debates regarding whether to release the photographs, then the videos, then the soldiers and on and on. Perhaps in five years Oliver Stone will make a movie about it; surely that will be factual. For now I’ll celebrate his death, wish we hadn’t respected his religious beliefs and perhaps offered his body the same treatment many of our soldiers have received at the hands of his followers and hope against hope that some brave military person stuck a piece of bacon in the SOB’s mouth before his long water nap.