Monday, May 2, 2011

We Got Him: Reactions to Bin Laden's Death

At about 10:00 pm last night, Twitter started to blow up my phone. At first I heard that the President was going to speak at 10:30 pm on a Sunday, my first thought was "what for?" It was the 7th inning of the Mets/Phillies game and we were winning 1-0.  That's where my mind was...until I received another tweet from Red Eye's Andy Levy:

RT @ Chief of Staff for Rumsfeld, @, tweets: "I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden."

I started to pay attention. My interest was piqued. I wasn't paying attention to the game anymore (the Mets won in extra innings, by the way)I admit I didn't stay up for Obama's speech, because I had to be up at 7 am for work. I watched it this morning, and I have a couple of criticisms that I will deal with on another day.  Today, however, I want to talk about the real heroes that made sure justice was served: the United States Navy Seals.

Regardless of what the Drive-By Media and Liberals in general will try to tell us, the military accomplished this feat. The President did nothing more than what he should have done as Commander in Chief. To say otherwise is akin to congratulating me for wearing a tie to the office, even though that is the dress code for my job.  This victory belongs to the men and women of the U.S. Military.  Do me a favor, before I continue, if you can please click here, and be sure your computer volume is turned up.  Once it's playing, continue reading.

Now we have the proper background music for this moment, I want to give credit where it belongs.  The United States Military, specifically the Navy SEALS got this done. Not the President. The Navy.  I extend my thanks to them.  For all my blasts about the inefficiencies of government. the United States Military is still run properly. They got it done.  Rush Limbaugh summed it up very well in his opening monolouge today, and I'm paraphrasing here: "One part of America is still the very best in the world, and that is the U.S. Military." At the game I mentioned before, fans started cheering in one voice, Mets and Phillies fans, "USA! USA! USA!" Yesterday night I was all smiles. Even today I continue to be very proud of our military. Our fighting men and women got it done yesterday. 

Should we dance and rejoice like we did on V.E. Day and V.J. Day? Honestly, I don't know. I will say this: I think it is appropriate to rejoice in justice.  To what extent? I don't know.  The Bible does speak of singing and rejoicing after the death of an opponent:

Now it had happened as they were coming home, when David was returning from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women had come out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments.  So the women sang as they danced, and said:

      “Saul has slain his thousands,
      And David his ten thousands.” -
1 Samuel 18:6-7 (NKJV) (1)

I suppose within reason it's acceptable to rejoice.  It isn't time to claim political victories for personal electoral gain.  For either side. This is an American victory.  This is a victory for the Military, for the Navy, for the SEALS.  This is about America. The War on Terror isn't over, but by God this is a victory.

As I said, in the future I expect to say more on the subject. Today, however, I want to simply say thank you to our military, especially to Navy SEALS Team Six. Thank you for your valor and courage. God bless you.


(1) Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson,
   Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. One thing most people don't think or talk about is the fact that this can and will cause reprisal attacks all over the World. Another thing to think about: the war on terror should have ended with this move, but we have begun to fight on so many shores it's nowhere near over.

  2. As far as reprisals, probably. That's why I have to question the announcement of Bin Laden's death. I had thought for many years Bin Laden may have been dead already and that the Bush Administration was keeping in quiet so as to not set off reprisals. Obama, on the other hand, far too quick to see the political points above all.

    As far as the War on Terror ending: not at all. To say that killing Bin Laden should end the war is like saying we would've ended WWII in Europe when Rommel died in 1944. Of course we didn't end with the top general of the Germany dead. Same goes for Al Qaeda. The top general may be dead but another will rise. We need to destroy Al Qaeda!


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