The Death of a Death Lover

Haters gonna hate. That’s what they do best. That’s all they do best.

To all the haters that do not and will not give President Obama ANY credit for taking out Osama bin Laden, I have one question: Would you be withholding your criticism is Obama had approved this action and bin Laden had escaped?

Never mind.  That was a rhetorical question.

Eight years ago yesterday, a self-aggrandizing asshole and liar stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared, “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”

Only took until 5/11 to bring a small degree of justice to the evil bastard behind the attacks of 9/11.

Just like a certain presidential candidate said in 2008.

I should be surprised the haters on the Far Right along with the haters on the Far Left are intellectually incapable of giving President Obama any credit for signing off on the order to take Osama bin Laden out.

I should be, but I’m not. When some people find out they’re wrong they change their minds. The others just insist they’re still right.   But I’ll be more gracious and say President Obama finished the job President Bush began.

People need to understand where Osama bin Laden came from and need to read The Looming Tower, the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Lawrence Wright which painstakingly reveals how bin Laden became radicalized and the roots of Al Qaeda were sown. The HBO documentary, “My Trip to Al Qaeda” is based upon the play Wright created about his experiences.

The joy and excitement of 5/11 is the flip side of the grief and depressing most Americans felt after 9/11 and it is equally as valid and authentic a response.

What some people do not get is for many young Americans, there were two major historical events to occur within the last decade of their lives: the election of Barack Obama and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Taking down OBL is now the third biggest thing to happen within their lives.

This is a “win” for the United States just as September 11 was a loss. I don’t care even one little bit if some folks are put off by the outpouring of patriotism. These kinds of spontaneous expressions of happiness from the man in the street is EXACTLY the natural response to be expected.

Or did were they expecting quiet reflection instead?

It was a military operation that took out bin Laden and the Navy SEALS deserve the credit.  But Obama is the Commander-in-Chief and it was his call.   He gets some of the credit too.   Is this a clean win for the president?   Not entirely, as the relative ease and comfort in which bin Laden lived in under the noses of the Pakistan government (or with their nodding approval?).  That is an issue that isn’t resolved yet, but that is a story for another day.

The end of bin Laden is not the end of terrorism.  The threat remains, but the world is still a much better place without Osama bin Laden than it ever was with him.

I am very proud of my country and my president today.