Unless you have been living under a bridge, by now you know that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been killed by US forces.
Declaring “justice has been done,” President Obama announced late Sunday that Usama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, marking the end of the worldwide manhunt that began nearly a decade ago on Sept. 11, 2001.
The president made the stunning announcement within hours of informing congressional leaders. He said bin Laden was killed Sunday, the culmination of years of intelligence gathering. The news drew a large crowd to the front of the White House, as well as in Times Square, as people chanted “USA. USA.”
This is obviously a huge moment in the history of the United States. In essence, it demonstrates that those who attack us or wish us harm will be hunted for the rest of their days. Hopefully such people will never have another restful night of sleep knowing that the knock at the door, the strange noise, or the sound of a jet engine could be the beginning of their last moments of freedom, if not their last moments on this earth.
A huge “well done” to the men and women who brought Bin Laden to justice. I would have preferred that they had captured him alive to stand trial, but I am content that Obama is finding out that the 40 virgins in paradise he believes he was promised are actually 100 fat guys in hell playing “find the soap.”
Actually, that is harsh and wrong. The Bible says in I Corinthians 3:16 that we are not to “delight in evil but rejoice with the truth.”
But I have to say that it is hard not to rejoice in the death of the man who had so much evil within him and who caused so much suffering.
There are going to be hundreds of thousands of articles and blog posts that will be written about the death of Bin Laden. My small voice here are Raised on Hoecakes will not be heard above the din and the celebration. I can and do accept that so this is may very well be my last post on this.
However, while listening to President Obama’s remarks about the death of Bin Laden, I was struck by this:
These efforts weigh on me every time, as Commander in Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one. Or look into the eyes of service member whose been gravely wounded. So Americans understand the costs of war.
Even now, he wants to make this event about him or at least let the world know how much he has “suffered” in the hunt for Bin Laden. (He looked for Bin Laden on every golf course he could, you know.) George Bush was often labeled by his detractors as not intelligent, but Bush did things for the troops that were often unnoticed. Bush not only cared about the troops, he visited them without thought to how it would be perceived politically. To him, it was the right thing to do, not just the political thing to do.
The fact that Obama brought himself into this continues to show the lack of leadership this man has. He just can’t lead. A real leader would have given all the praise and spotlight to the people who actually performed the operation and support efforts. A real leader would have only commented on the men and women serving beneath him. Only a REMF such as Obama would ever seek to shine the spotlight on himself as well.
The major news and cause of celebration is that Bin Laden is dead. It is hard to be disappointed in that news.
On the other hand, it is not hard to be disappointed in Obama’s lack of leadership he has once again displayed.