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    Bin Laden Dead

    Bin Laden Dead

    Multiple news reports state that Obama will announced that Osama bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body.

    To be updated when the details are announced.

    This is a time of joy.

    Comments are open.

    Updates:  Obama gave his statement (my paraphrase):   U.S. killed bin Laden.  Week ago confirmed actionable intelligence.  Operation was today by U.S. forces on the ground.  After firefight killed bin Laden, and took custody of his body.  Pakistan cooperation “helped lead us to bin Laden.”

    Further thoughts:  Not really a lot of detail revealed.  If we had “cooperation” of Pakistan it either was because the intelligence was so precise that Pakistan could not say no or warn him off, or the Pakistanis fed us the intelligence because they no longer needed to protect bin Laden or wanted something in exchange.

    There will be plenty of people who will want to play politics with this and, as is happening widely on Twitter, are bragging that George Bush could not get bin Laden.  Tonight is not the time to respond to those who do such things.

    This has been a long time coming, and enormous efforts and thousands of lives were lost.  That’s what we should remember.

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    It's so silly and irritating … a number of lefties I'm friends with on Facebook had this picture and caption up in no time. Politicizing the killing of bin Laden for the pathetic partisan purpose of trying to bestow competence on President Obama.

    Pretty darn convenient timing, just before the South Carolina debates and after supposedly clearing up the 'birther' issue. And now reports that the body was already buried at sea, w/in 24 hours of death in accordance with Muslim tradition? Did Obama want him to get to see his virgins? Um, ok.

    Luke: It is pretty amazing. The DoD has been on autopilot since Obama took over. That's something he really did inherit, simply because he didn't have anyone who could credibly replace Bush's guys.

    Really, would it kill these idiots to say, just once, that Bush was right? I'm not holding my breath.

    "Pretty darn convenient timing"

    If Obama had a master plan of any sort he wouldn't be such a lousy president. The guy has been winging it from day 1.

    Maybe Pakistan finally gave up OBL, to force the U.S. out of Afganistan.

    Just yesterday in the Terran Times, as well as the WSJ last week, it states Pakistan has new priorities for the future of both Pakistan and Afganistan and they want the U.S. out.

    Now OBL is dead.

    @Nameless Cynic – linking to a post by Juan Cole which links to a conspiracy theory in the "Persian Afghan press" that Bush wanted bin Laden alive as an excuse for a military building is pretty pathetic.

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