Osama Bin Laden is finally dead and swimming with the fishes thanks to the dedicated effort of our Commander-in-Chief and our national intelligence agencies and our troops on the ground. After 19 months of dedicated tracking, patience paid off, and the man who came after us in New York City is now dead. Mission Now Accomplished — unlike the baldfaced lie told to us by a previous president who chose to hunt down Saddam Hussein and kill him for 9/11 instead of Bin Laden.
It is fascinating that after a decade of breaking all of our traditions of spycraft and not torturing so we wouldn’t get bad intelligence and not starting wars that don’t have anything to do with the matter at hand, it only took two years, three months, and eleven days after reverting to the ordinary old hard slog of human intelligence, the target was eliminated. In fact, based on the skeletal timeline the President gave, the target was located only 19 months after the old rules were restored. Remember: the professionals always say spying and intelligence (military intelligence included) resembles not Ian Fleming’s James Bond, but John LeCarre’s George Smiley.
Not to be outdone by her Fox masters, Sarah Palin posted this to her Twitter stream:
No mention of Obama or the other national elements that went into finding Bin Laden and killing him. Nope! She only generically panders to the troops. She can’t be gracious even in a moment of pure American relief that one of the small monsters in the world is no longer around to terrorise us from afar. I’m sure she’ll win the GOP nomination now because the Republicans can’t run a real race against a sitting War Hero President. Palin will be their sacrificial lamb given to Obama for a 2012 slaughtering; then they can begin to rebuild and recover their party and realign anew from her ashes and the mouldering tea leaves surrounding her.