Relax. This isn’t yet another sad and sober reflection about where I was on September 11, 2001 or how the world has changed forever. It changed all right, but when the dust settled it changed right back.
This is about the man who brought this shitstorm of evil upon America: Osama bin Laden, and really there’s only one question that needs to be asked.
Why is this son of a bitch still walking above ground drawing breath?
I scanned Barack Obama’s website and found it disappointingly thin with specifics about the War on Terror. There is a page on Homeland Security that also links to a PDF that can be downloaded, but it too lacks specifics about how he would fight the war on terror.
That is a serious shortcoming by Obama because one of his biggest weaknesses with unconvinced White voters is whether he’s tough enough or committed enough to wage a war against terrorism and Islamic extremism.
I will point out that he said at his joint appearance with Senator McCain at the site of the World Trade Center, “Let us remember that the terrorists responsible for 9/11 are still at large, and must be brought to justice.”
Why is that significant? Because while supporters of how President Bush has waged the war on terror proudly point out there have been no attacks on American soil for seven years, it is also seven years where Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri have roamed free and without punishment for the murders of 3,000 Americans.
Strangely we didn’t hear anything about that at the Republican National Convention or from George Bush. For all the talk about how tough Sarah Palin is I haven’t heard how she plans to hunt down bin Laden and gut him like a fish.
There is a long, but very interesting article on Salon.com written by Michael Smerconish where he painstakingly details where bin Laden and al-Zawahri are holed up and the seemingly lack of effort or will to capture or kill them. Smerconish, a host of a talk show in Philadelphia and a contributor to both daily newspapers, has only found one candidate who seems to be serious about getting tough with Pakistan and that is Barack Obama.
“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets, and President Musharraf won’t act, we will. We can’t send millions and millions of dollars to Pakistan for military aid, and be a constant ally to them, and yet not see more aggressive action in dealing with al-Qaida.”
~ Barack Obama/8-1-07
The reaction by other presidential candidates and the media was one of eye-rolling derision. How could Obama threaten to invade a sovereign nation and one of our allies in the region? How naive was this neophyte Senator anyway? As it was, Obama was only taking the next logical step of The Bush Doctrine where the president said, “Any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”
Smerconish’s article is well worth the reading. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the U.S. efforts to hunt the heads of al-Qaida down and the frustrations and brick walls experienced by those tasked with the job of bringing them to justice.
Don’t get me wrong, a more sustained United States assault against the terrorists squatting in Pakistan is welcome news, and it signifies a more urgent effort to hunt down and snuff out the greatest threat to Americans’ safety on our own shores.
But it’s about 2,555 days late and $11 billion short. Seven years after 9/11, the country is stoking what was supposed to be a complete and consuming “war on terror” with faint signs of a sustained operation in the country where the bad guys have been hiding for years.
How appalling. I doubt the families of the 3,000 innocents murdered on 9/11 — and of the 4,000 Americans killed in Iraq — are content with it. After all, it’s seven years, thousands of troops and billions of dollars later, and our country has failed to deliver on what we really owe them: justice.
Nor have we answered the most important question pertaining to our nation’s future: Can we really win this war with Islamic extremism? Because if we don’t have the fire in our belly to defend the American troops stonewalled by the Afghan-Pakistani border; to hunt down and destroy the Taliban and al-Qaida militants camping out on the other side of that border; and do everything we possibly can to capture and kill Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, I fear we’ll be left to deal with another fire — one raging in another building, burning a hole in another American city.
McCain can talk shit about how he’ll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but he’s looking in the wrong place. It gets mighty cold on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Should he be elected, McCain may want to dress a little more warmly while hunting for bin Laden.
It’s not enough to remember the victims of al-Qaeda’s savagery with moments of silence and laying wreaths. Seven years of bin Laden running free and laughing at our memorials is seven years too long.
Conservatives like to act as if only a Republican President can protect the country from another terrorist attack and conveniently choose to ignore the greatest act of terrorism occurred under a Republican President.
But hey, they regrouped and got their shit together. Let’s see al-Qaida try and start something now.
Wouldn’t it ironic if it took a President Obama to put Osama bin Laden down like the rabid dog he is?