Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden is Dead

I got the news via Twitter.  I was about to go to sleep  and for some random reason I checked my Facebook and Twitter before turning out the light.  My Hot Air feed said Obama was going to give an unusual late night speech at 10:30 ET and speculation was rampant.

The news came out on Twitter long before Obama showed up for his press conference - the quirks of modern technology!

Huge props today to our American military and special forces!  Amazing that this scumbag was hiding in plain sight but now that's over.

As news unfolds today I'm sure the spontaneous celebrations all over the country, and world even, will continue.  I wish I could stay home and write about and record it all.

Statement from George W. Bush:

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

In Philadelphia, the crowd erupted in spontaneous cheers during the Mets game.  I'll link to a video but I'm sure it will get taken down by MLB.  Terms of Service and all that.

News this morning is that bin Laden was buried at sea to avoid creating a shrine or pilgrimage location; Michael Yon calls it a big mistake until we see proof.  I'm sure there's proof.  It will come out.  There are pictures.

Thanks again to our American military, special forces, and especially those Navy Seals who carried out this operation.  It's a great day!


Fenway_Nation said...

Not the Porcine-inflicted rectal trauma I was really really hoping he would succmb to in his final agonizing hours, but dead is dead...

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Hmmm, I tend to agree with Yon on this one. Without displaying the body, there are those in the rabid believer set who just won't believe it (sort of like Elvis, even though we saw pictures . . . or the moon landing). But we'll see how it unfolds. I hope you're right.

Charlene said...

The reason it was Tweeted before he speech by 30 minutes was the Congress was notified. They are well know blabber mouths.

Tina said...

It IS a great day Pat! Thanks for sharing Mr Bush's statement. Ethan called and woke me up last night to tell me the news. Best wake-up call I've had in a while. :-)

Fuzzy, it kinda gives a whole new & very odd twist on the jokes told at the Press Prom the night before doesn't it? As though it was known in advance there would be no body to examine... After all, that kind of decision isn't made on the spur of the moment, but in advance, along with many other contingency plans.