May have come tonight in the form of his address to the nation regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. Film and the transcript of his address can be found here at Pundit Press.
Credit has to be given where it’s due. First and foremost to our warriors and intelligence operatives for their tireless work over the last 10 years. And further, to the brave members of the special forces team who assaulted the compound and killed Bin laden. Imagine the satisfaction of the soldier that got to pull the trigger on him, not to mention all of the juicy intel that the Snake-Eaters got in the process of staging this operation.
But as importantly, we have to give credit to the President for “green-lighting” the operation inside of Pakistan itself. He took a great political risk by doing so; can you imagine the negative fallout if this had gone south? Too, it also once again demonstrates to our friends and foes alike the continuity of our resolve to see the enemies of our nation vanquished, regardless of who is sitting in the oval office.
I don’t agree with Mr. Obama on most issues in regards to both domestic and foreign policy, and will probably continue to have my differences with him. But tonight, he comported himself in a way that transcended political division; in the manner the American President is supposed to when it comes to our national security and meting out justice to our enemies . He was measured, and didn’t exploit the moment to pat himself on the back nor declare victory in the war on terror; and classy to contact former Presidents Clinton and Bush prior to going on national TV.
This is certainly not the end of Al Queda, though, there will probably be a form of succession struggle that will hopefully work in our favor. And certainly it is helpful that the mythical invincibility of Bin Laden has come to an abrupt end. Indeed, the possession of the body by US forces will go a long way towards preemptively defeating any “spin” by AQ that he still lives or was dead before. What will be most interesting over the next few days will be to gauge the reaction in the Muslim world, where he was definitely not universally loved.
So as I said, I will most certainly continue to disagree with Mr. Obama politically, but tonight I’m proud of the way he delivered this good news to the American people, and am impressed at the level of real , not postured, gravitas he displayed. And I join the folks spontaneously celebrating in DC and Times Square, and indeed across the nation, at this most wonderful news. My regards to all.
Thank God for His mercy and justice. May He continue to bless us all, and protect us especially over the next few days when AQ forces may attempt some retribution for their fallen leader. And may He continue to bless the United States of America.
UPDATE: HOOYAH! US. Navy SEALs come through large for us, again. Congratulations to my Navy brethren, and to all the Snake-Eaters who’ve worked so hard over the years to keep us safe and get the bad guys, like Bin Laden, where ever they may be.
UPDATE II: Many thanks to Professor Reynolds for the Instalanche! It’s and honor to be mentioned on his site.
UPDATE III: Thanks as well to DaTechGuy for the link on his round up of reactions to the OBL story.