There are a number of stories brewing in the aftermath of the successful effort by the US to track down and kill Osama bin Laden.
Osama—armed or unarmed?
Some folks are concerned as to whether or not bin Laden was armed when he was killed. Who cares? He was an evil man who got what he deserved. In a time of war you kill your enemy when the opportunity arises. You don’t stop to worry about whether or not he’s armed at the moment. Osama’s guilt has never been in question—he confirmed his involvement in the heinous attacks on 9/11 himself—so why should we suddenly be concerned over whether or not he was armed at the time of his death?
One thing we know for certain, other than policemen or security agents, none of the 3000 victims killed in the 9/11 attacks was armed, and I don’t remember the press worrying about it then. I would also point out that the terrorist we have been fighting don’t concern themselves with the niceties of obeying international law.
They weren’t following international law when the beheaded Richard Pearl, they weren’t obeying international law when the bombed the rail systems in Madrid and London, and the didn’t seem at all concerned with obeying international law when they killed our 3000 civilians in their attacks on 9/11.
Armed—unarmed, who cares? He’s dead and as far as I am concerned that’s a good thing.
Water boarding works, but Bush Derangement Syndrome as strong as ever
Two and a half years after President George W. Bush left office, there remains a bizarre, obsessive hatred of everything Bush and the wish to destroy him and his reputation remains as virulent as ever.
As soon as it became clear that the intelligence necessary for the success of this operation was the result of almost a decade of work by both the Obama Administration and the Bush Administration and that some of the most vital early information came as the result of water boarding, the Bush-haters came out in force. For the “water boarding is torture” cadre, it isn’t so much that they object to water boarding, it is that the water boarding was done at President Bush’s and his advisors’ behest and with their approval.
That’s all it took to push many on the left over the edge. It could have been Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition “comfy chair” and the howls of outrage would have been just as loud.
The sad truth is that “enhanced interrogation techniques” work . . . they wouldn’t exist if they didn’t yield valuable information. Like it or not people who wouldn’t otherwise reveal valuable information will do so when given the proper motivation and as distasteful as it is, water boarding works.
The lengths to which those on the left will go to deny that simple fact is amusing. As soon as the first hints of giving some credit to former President Bush came out, Democrat leaders scrambled to deny the effectiveness of those enhanced techniques.
Republican Congressman Peter King comes out and says that some of the information used in killing OBL came from enhanced interrogations and within minutes Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that none of the information came from those sources.
Well, now we know. Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA has now made it clear . . . mostly by attempting to say nothing . . . that rendition and enhanced interrogations did yield valuable and useful information in the pursuit of OBL.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Mr. Panetta was asked if he could confirm that it was a result of water boarding that we got the information we needed to go after OBL.
Mr. Panetta replied:
“You know Brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information, and that was true here. We had a multiple source -- a multiple series of sources -- that provided information with regards to this situation. Clearly, some of it came from detainees and the interrogation of detainees. But we also had information from other sources as well. So, it's a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got.”
Such obfuscation is typical of those who wish to confirm without confirming. But this is still insufficient for many, so Brian Williams asked him the reverse question. Was Mr. Panetta denying that water boarding was involved in obtaining the information needed to get OBL.
Mr. Panetta replied:
“No, I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques [including water boarding] against some of these detainees. But I'm also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question.
That’s about as clear a confirmation as any Democrat in power is going to give that President Bush’s policies of rendition and enhanced interrogations were in part directly responsible for eliciting information necessary for the mission to kill bin Laden.
Suck it up you liberals and face the facts that without President Bush’s groundwork, Obama would never have been able to accomplish what he and his team and especially Seal Team Six did this past weekend.
The very techniques over which Democrats vilified former President Bush, rendition, the use of CIA “black sites” for interrogating terrorists, and the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” were vital to tracking down and killing the man responsible for one of the worst attacks against America in history.
Obama’s 16 hour delay
The Daily Mail reports that at the instant President Obama’s National Security and Intelligence teams announced that everything was set and they had absolute confirmation that Osama bin Laden was at the site and primed for capture or killing, the President froze.
For those with a long enough memory, you will recall that much was made of the 7 minutes President Bush waited before responding to the information he received that the World Trade Center had been attacked. President Bush was ridiculed and viciously attacked in the MSM for seeming to be indecisive in response to those attacks.
Michael Moore made fun of President Bush because, rather than jumping up in panic or
some mythical and undefined by his critics energetic reaction, President Bush continued to finish reading “My Pet Goat” to the school children before excusing himself.
Now, we find out that President Obama hesitated for 16 hours . . . even slept on it overnight . . . before making the decision to go forward with the attack. That 16 hours turned into a 48 hour delay, because during the delay, heavy clouds moved into the area of the attack. The President’s reaction apparently shocked his advisors as the Mail reports:
“The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think - and disappeared out of the room.
'I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now - I'm going to go back and think about it some more,' said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added 'I'm going to make a decision soon.'
The head of the CIA and other senior intelligence officers who were keen to proceed were left tense as they waited for the president's decision.”
Delay in operations like this one can prove disastrous as conditions tend to be fluid and intelligence fleeting. We are fortunate that conditions remained stable and the attack was successful.
I can only add that this reaffirms my belief in Obama as a ditherer and indecisive. What would have been to President Bush the decision of mere moments, proved to be a 16 hour ordeal for Obama. He who hesitates is lost. Luckily for Obama his hesitation didn’t cost him the prize.
The primary difference, President Bush was worried about results rather than what his poll numbers would look like if the mission failed. For Obama it’s all about the elections. More than any other Presidency, Obama’s Administration is poll driven.
This is all just the ancillary activity and politics as usual goes on in Washington.
The President still succeeded in killing the most wanted and hated man in the world and though there will be a lot of questions asked and avoided—then answered—the end result is the same. America has once again successfully shown the world that no one can attack us with impunity and that if you do, we will track you down and kill you no matter what it costs or how long it takes.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!
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