Amazing news. I'm still sitting here trying to write something that matters. I am speechless. I am stunned. I thought he was already dead, and I will admit, it appears I was wrong. I literally thought last night that the news would be that 'American forces found what appeared to be the the remains of Osama Bin Laden. It was confirmed the body was his thru DNA evidence.' Turns out, I was wrong.
He was alive and living in Pakistan. Pakistan
I could joke that perhaps President Obama finally got the information from John McCain who infamously said in 2008
: "I'll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I'll get him. I know how to get him. I'll get him no matter what and I know how to do it."
-- but this is too serious. Turns out, we elected a serious man that actually did the job, without bluster and chest thumping.
Late last night, President Obama announced that the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on America had been killed. From a Senior Administration official
, prior to the President's statement:
In the middle of March, the President began a series of National Security Council meetings that he chaired to pursue again the intelligence basis and to develop courses of action to bring justice to Osama bin Laden. Indeed, by my count, the President chaired no fewer than five National Security Council meetings on the topic from the middle of March -- March 14th, March 29th, April 12th, April 19th, and April 28th. And the President gave the final order to pursue the operation that he announced to the nation tonight on the morning -- Friday morning of April 29th.
The President mentioned tonight that the pursuit of Osama bin Laden and the defeat of al Qaeda has been a bipartisan exercise in this nation since September 11, 2001, and indeed, this evening before he spoke to the nation, President Obama did speak to President Bush 43 and President Clinton this evening to review with them the events of today and to preview his statement to the nation tonight.
Please take time to note, the President contacted both Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton.
There is no question in my mind that the usual partisan spin will happen. I think we are all used to this, however this time, what can people say? The boogeyman is dead. He's dead. People gathered outside the White house
, and at the site of the World Trade Center
in NYC, cheering a collective sigh of relief.
The war fronts continue and tomorrow we will sadly still have Ask a Vet as per usual on Tuesday. This is the sad legacy that has been thrusted upon our nation for close to 10 years. May, 1, 2011, we learned the man ultimately responsible for this has been removed. Some will feel the need to further propagate fear, others will assume everything is now fine. I stand in neither camp. I actually do
believe in being vigilant. From a mindset point of view, I feel relief. That is a strange thing for someone like me to say, but if I am to be honest with everyone here, and all those that read our blog, I have to say it. Symbolically, this is truly a huge event.
I am glad he is officially dead. I believe that justice has been served. In the days to come, I know that we here at Four Freedoms will discuss this more, but for today, as the dust settles, just know the era of Bin Laden is over. President Barack Obama, and the security forces he is charged with managing, can take credit for that.
History has been made.