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Monday, May 2, 2011

Dear America,

So yesterday was May Day. In some circles, commemorating spring time, featuring dancing and singing around a May  Pole; while in others, commonly celebrated internationally, in places like Russia and Chicago, elevating the power and splendor of Labor Organizations, Socialists, in a  Workers of the World unite kind of way.  No matter which side of the pole you fancy, happiness and sunshine always seems to find a way to infiltrate the calendar time and time again...

...Freedom of the Press is introduced in France in 1819
...the Empire State Building opened to the public in 1931
...the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea was established, in 1948, under Kim II Sung
...President Bush announced that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" in 2003 (hmmm...)
...in 2007, President Hugo Chavez takes over the last privately held and operated oil field in Venezuela

And on this day --  May 1, 2011 -- we get this:

The President of the United States of America:

"Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.  The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world.  The empty seat at the dinner table.  Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father.  Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace.  Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together.  We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood.  We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country.  On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice.  We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda -- an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe.  And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort.  We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.  In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support.  And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into PakistanMeanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.  It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.  I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.  And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies.  The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort.  There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us.  We must –- and we will -- remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam.  I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.  Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.  Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.  So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was.  That is what we’ve done.  But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.  Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts.  They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations.  And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight.  It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens.  After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war.  These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war.  Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed.  We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies.  We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror:  Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.  The American people do not see their work, nor know their names.  But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.  And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.
And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.  I know that it has, at times, frayed.  Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete.  But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to.  That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are:  one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you.
May God bless you.
And may God bless the United States of America."

Then there is this from The Daily Bell this morning...
just because we can never have enough alternative thought... if you click into the video from 2007, an interview with David Frost and Benazir Bhutto, it will serve as an interesting backstory, if not sideshow, on the day. (thus fueling rumors and conspiracy theories revolving around keeping the mystery alive, believing Osama bin Laden still "out there," to serve a larger purpose and allow for the war on terror to remain on high alert)

In any event, timing is interesting around the world, isn't it?  And isn't it good to know politics has nothing to do with it...(right...)

All in all, this is a win for America -- knowing Osama bin Laden is off the face of this earth creates the makings of a really good day. My only wish would be that a deeper reference to the man who stepped up to the challenge in the first place was made last night; yes, in one instance, the Bush doctrine was mentioned to help define what this war was against and what this war was not -- not against Islam, not against all Muslims -- right, we got that; but that was it.  Basically spanking his predecessor across the face, there was no mention of the courage and leadership and patriotism of the president who came before. 

Obama is a very lucky man.

Oh well --
Justice has been done, indeed.

But the real challenge perhaps begins right now -- as the Muslim Brotherhood has already requested we stand down and get out of both Iraq and Afghanistan; retaliation is most certainly a concern; while this new day also warrants the immediate return to conversations of making our exit out of the Middle East entirely -- meetings already scheduled, no doubt.  Fitting the new narrative without Osama bin Laden to a T, having the mastermind no longer in action, there would be no further need to occupy the region, while pulling out would also complete the circle to please a very weary liberal base to boot.

The truth is, Mission Accomplished is never truly done.  Standing up for freedom and democracy and liberty is a constant factor and a perpetual fight in motion; it is never over when up against those who only wish to do harm against humanity, an ideology, a religion different from one's own.  History proves over and over again, it continues to have a life of it's own.  Osama bin Laden was just one man out of millions of Islamic Extremists, a faction of religious fanatics and fundamental terrorists that are STILL running wild all over the globe.

Here's to our Navy SEAL Team Six, and to our covert operators of the CIA, justice well done boys; rumor has it that bin Laden was shot in the eye, a sign of a true marksman along side symbolism greatly appreciated in this moment.  The world gives thanks for each and every one of you who made this happen.

And to the President, great close last night!

"Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are:  one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Here's to good things... winning (because it hasn't been done enough, say it with a certain sheen)

Make it a Good Day, G

"But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding."  per Obama -- oh really -- even though the mission was so secret, Pakistan had no idea we were coming.  Not to mention, somebody knew Osama was there the whole time..whatupwithdat?  is that what 8 billion bucks buys these days?
And just how good are our special forces?? -- forty minutes start to finish.  done.  that was easy.  you guys rock!!

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