Osama Bin Laden is dead, and we have Barack Obama to thank. I’ll explain…
How I Found Out
This was the first time “Social Networking” has informed me of a major newsworthy event. A friend of mine, Jamie, left a very intriguing Facebook status:
“The President is about to address the nation live from the White House at 10:30. Something is going on…”
I thought that was very interesting. A Presidential speech at 10:30pm on a Sunday night was very strange. I clicked over to the Huffington Post whose headline was:
“NATO Accused Of Overstepping Libya Mandate After Airstrike Reportedly Kills Gaddafi’s Son”
I thought this was pretty important, but not major. Apparently Russia was pretty upset, which made me think, “Oh boy… is World War III about to kick off?” But then, 17 minutes after Jamie left that status, and still with no word from the President, some random person named Sarah who I’ve never met informed everyone on Jamie’s Facebook wall that, “Osama is dead.”
Peace flowed through my body like blood. I didn’t even contemplate it as a joke, which maybe I should have given it’s been almost 10 years since 9/11. I tuned to CNN on the TV who mentioned nothing of Osama, but saw another Facebook comment saying CBS News claimed he was dead. I went to their website and yes, there it was… Osama Bin Laden was declared dead.
Immediately I texted my friend who was stationed in Afghanistan several years ago, and then my father and brother who have heavy interest in the military. My grandfather was a gunner on a B-24 Bomber and my brother is enrolled in the Marines. An hour or so after I read Jamie’s comment, Barack finally made the announcement.
Why We Have Barack Obama to Thank
Obviously the first people we have to thank are the men and women in the service. Many have risked or sacrificed their lives defending this country and delivering justice overseas. We also have to commend Navy Seal Team Six for performing extraordinarily and doing a flawless job. (Reports say one helicopter had mechanical errors, but that’s not their fault.)
Next, the family members who have lost loved ones, had them injured, or have gone years without their family member, who was protecting us from harm. We also have to remember that just as our troops are fighting overseas, we have leaders both there and at home making the tough decisions of having to send our troops overseas, controlling where our troops go, and how much military assistance we should provide them.
What got me thinking about this was a comment someone named Ian left on another one of my friend’s statuses. My friend wrote, “We got that mofo!!!” to which Ian wrote:
“He’s been dead for years. This is just a re-election maneuver.”
His reaction makes me sick. I clicked on his name to see his page, and sure enough he’s a Libertarian. For those of you who don’t know, Libertarians are like Republicans on crack.
First of all, if Bush had killed Osama Bin Laden, don’t you think he would have loved to bask in the glory? First to have American’s celebrate that justice was delivered, but also to save his horrible approval ratings? He’s statistically going down as either the worst or 2nd worst president depending on how you review approval ratings (depending on overall or last taken data set). If Obama had killed Osama a year or two ago, do you think no one would find out? Not from troops leaking this, or the Taliban initiating attacks or making statements condemning America again? There is no way his death could be kept under wraps for more than a few weeks. Plus, he would have released this next year not in early 2011.
It disgusts me to see someone so bitter that when something great happens they can’t enjoy it because someone of the opposing party accomplished it.
The reason I’d like to congratulate Barack Obama as well is because it was his leadership that got us here. Look at this chart containing troop levels from 2002 to 2008:
For six years, from 2002 to 2008, Bush ordered 30,100 troops into Afghanistan. Barack Obama, in only 2.5 years, more than TRIPLED that. Let me repeat…. he more than TRIPLED that in less than 3 years. That was the only chart I could find, which has projections for 2009 and later. It turns out that by January 1, 2011 we had a little over 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Bush was sending 157,800 troops into Iraq for weapons of mass destruction no apparent reason. Since Barack Obama took office, he has dwindled that down to approximately 44,000, which is right on target with the 2011 goal he presented in 2009.
If Barack hadn’t tripled our troops and sent them to the Afghanistan and Pakistan border I believe without a doubt that Osama would still be alive today (unless he died of natural causes). Those extra troops captured or killed numerous high-level Taliban leaders, especially in 2010. Extra investigators, negotiators, secret agents, and CIA officials tracked Osama down to Abbottābad and finally served him justice.
Barack had to make the tough choices, like hastily invading (possibly ill-prepared) last Fall when they discovered the compound Osama was in. Or bombing the place but risking losing any proof Osama died. Of all the options I read were on the table, sending in Team Six does seem like the best idea.
So to the ignorant, conspiracy-theorists, and bitter jerks like Ian I say, “How can you be so absurd? No rational person would think this is a re-election maneuver.”
To the people who say we shouldn’t celebrate because it took America 10 years to accomplish this, I ask, “Who did you vote for in 2000 and 2004? Because most likely it was for the person who irresponsibly sent more troops to Iraq than Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
And to the people like Rush Limbaugh who say, “Congratulations, President Obama, for continuing George W. Bush’s Anti-Terror Policies” I beg you to look at the facts: Barack withdrew unnecessary concentration from Iraq and put all his effort into Afghanistan and more importantly Pakistan. It’s called “efficiency”, something Bush knew nothing about. I honestly believe that had this level of hard work and efficiency started in 2002 this war could have taken half the time.
Right now we should be coming together with other Americans and thanking the President and all the men and women in our armed forces for making hard decisions and accomplishing a tough task. George Bush should get some credit, but I stress the word “some”. He was too busy with his own personal agenda and sending 157,000 troops in the wrong direction for 6 years, whereas Barack Obama sent approximately 100,000 in the right direction. But because Barack is a Democrat, and because he believes everyone should have decent health care and that we should take care of our environment and allow gays to marry, people like Ian and other right-wingers will never give him credit for his accomplishments.
I feel bad for them. Their narrow-mindedness will lead them throughout a life of pessimism and bitterness, not allowing them to join in the sweet, sweet victories like the one we had May 2nd, when the United States of America killed Osama Bin Laden and won the War in Afghanistan. Now let’s bring our troops home.