Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Proud to be an American, normally

The White House says Osama bin Laden was not armed when a Navy SEAL raiding party confronted him during an assault on his compound in Pakistan.

White House press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged that bin Laden did not have a weapon even though administration officials have said that bin Laden resisted during the raid. - ABC

So let me get this straight:

We shot an unarmed man and his female houseguest?

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama bin laden: figurehead, not cause

From G.W. Bush:

I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

But once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins. He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore. And if we -- excuse me for a minute -- and if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it. Either we will or our friends will. - White Hosue Press Briefing, March 13, 2002

In a more realistic time, we realized that while Osama bin Laden was a financier and figurehead of Islamic terrorism, he was not its cause. its cause was people in the middle east feeling safe from American military intervention after almost a decade of "don't-get-involved" Clinton.

Killing OBL is good for headlines, and makes the proles happy, but it wasn't what kept us safe.