Monday, May 02, 2011

JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE! Bin Laden Terminated

"We will not tire. We will not falter, and we will not fail."
George W. Bush, September 11th, 2001.

While indeed Bush never wavered in his resolve to locate and capture Osama Bin Laden "dead or alive", it was President Obama who ordered a “detailed operation plan” in 2009 for finding and capturing bin Laden from CIA Director Leon Panetta. It would be another two years before there was enough intelligence in place to pinpoint Bin Laden's location prompting a special operation last night undertaken by a Navy SEAL team to fulfill President Bush's promise and eliminate Osama Bin Laden.

While obviously I was involved in operational planning for some time, I was absent all last week to iron out the final stages of the mission. I can say it was a period of high tension and anxiousness. People at the highest levels of government and military were on edge as the hours counted down during the preparation for this extraordinary operation, the culmination of years of work to either capture of kill the world's most wanted man.

The celebrations last night and today are certainly warranted. It's a great day for the USA.

My favourite headline today :)


Master Guns said...

I love how a man who preached to his followers to abandon their posessions and material trappings to go and live and train in caves to become brave warriors like him; was shot and killed in a luxury mansion cowering behind his wife.

Hooyah to the SEALs who sent pure evil to hell.

vaughan said...

Obviously colonel a great day , but prehaps you can explain why were able tonight to name the seal team and what state they are based in , in an article called "Things you should know about special team six!" and no I am not joking.

In other news it was delightful to listen to the stomach churning listener comments on the Right hook tonight...screaming out "That Osama was Murdered" AND "He had rights too" even arch crank George Hook sounded gobsmacked at this pc nonsense!

While over at Fox it was kinda disturbing as Glenn Beck (Soon to be ex fox) tried his damndest to find the bad in this!

Master Guns said...

@ Vaughan: Everyone knows it was Team Six Mr. V, It was in the news all day, and Fox this morning did a piece on it.
Technically there is no SEAL Team six, they are NAVSPECWARDEVGRU but that don't roll off the tongue so they are referred to by their former name, Team Six.

Anyone who doesn't rejoice and feel good today should be punched in the mouth, because they are against freedom!

Constance said...

What was stomach churning to me was to see the arab extremists celebrating on Sept 11. It was more stomach churning to see my fellow Americans aping those celebrations in the same demented, godless, inhuman way.

Killing Bin Laden ticks a box. It doesn't eliminate the threat, it makes him a martyr and rallying point for the extremists.

I expect retaliation and a continuation of the recession.

vaughan said...

Oh the recession will go on fact It is the recession that will be the presidents big problem come the election especially if "Gas" hits $6 dollars a gallon.( Those commentators on this side of the water saying Obama had just won his second term with the killing of Osama are deeply ignorant of American politics!)

I don't think the majority of Americans who went out on the streets celebrating out of some anti muslim sentiment but more out of relief that they finally got the man behind 9/11 and a man who has been the trigger of the bloodshed for the past ten years.
...I find it hilarious "Experts" were trying to tell Americans not to celebrate for fear of reprisal but remember on the Day of 9/11 an RTE camera crew captured Palestinians celebrating the attacks....the Palestinian authorities heard this...did they stop the "Celebrations"? No , they tried to sieze the RTE crews camera!

@ Master Guns ...sure people knew who the team were but only managed to make it sound like a fashion item "Heels with your Kalashnikov? is that style street smart?"

Former Grunt said...

It is a time for celebration, no question about it.

However I think we deserve some additional operation details Colonel.

Civilian Overseer said...

I'm reminded of the old quote, "He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword"

Civilian Overseer said...

I would like to add my appreciation for Guns observation.

Also, I forgot to add, "America, Fuck Yeah!"

Constance said...

It was a duty done, sadly dictated so by his actions taken out of hate. I quote Martin Luther King, Jr:

‎"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

Don't lose your humanity because this evil creature did.

CivilianOverseer said...

Connie, To quote my three year old, "he started it". ;)

Major General Creedon said...

@ Master Guns: A Hooyah to the SEALs indeed. Them's a good bunch O' boys!

@ Vaughan: Before Sunday only people on the "inside" like myself and avid readers of Defence Weekly and the like knew that they were different teams of SEALs. Now everyone knows :)

@ Master Guns [again]: No, it's just DEVGRU in speech - stop trying to tongue-tie people, there's enough false information going out about this event without you adding to it!

@ Constance: You're not buying a BIN LADEN: SHARK FOOD T-Shirt then?

@ Vaughan [again]: Agreed. The Arab extremists were celebrating a blow against America, a Geographical Location, A race of people, a flag, a way of life, a religion that is different to theirs. I saw no American burning Qurans or pictures of Muhammad, defacing mosques [not even on FOX]; only rejoicing that one single evil man was vanquished.

@ Grunt: Forthcoming if declassified.

@ Civvy: Aha, a Jesus quote, or a transliterated version of one. Don't get too many of them around here to be honest. Jesus used it as a warning - and you as a reasoning however. While not literal, as there are no swords in play I believe it to evoke the sentiment of: you hurt us and we'll hurt you. What would also work here although less profound, it may be more fitting to use a quote with a less measured response perhaps indicating overkill such as the words of David Mamet, through Sean Connery's character Malone in The Untouchables "They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way!" - after all Bin Laden dropped two buildings full of people and killed more elsewhere, but the U.S. invaded two countries in response. Just a thought, feel free to debate.

@ Civvy [again]: And now words of wisdom from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, you're on fire Civvy :) - The quote speaks for itself however and flawless in is rapier like subtlety.

@ Constance [again]: A noble and sobering sentiment my dear. The good Doctor King however never said "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." - After all what 'thousands of lives' would he have been referring to at the time and/or which 'one enemy' could he not be rejoicing the death of?

The remainder of the quote is missing: "Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition…. The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

The problem is When faced with an enemy like the one that exists now that wants to kill you, the only way to break the chain is to kill him first. Not out of hate but out of survival, thus allowing you to retain your humanity as your primary instinct is survival.

Therefore putting down you gun and letting him bomb you is not a realistic option despite the fact it would also break the chain.

@ Civvy [again x2]: And this proves we can learn more from children than Jesus, Martin Luther King and the writers of South Park altogether.

Constance said...

There is a difference between the satisfaction of doing one's duty and immersing yourself in the ecstasy of hatred.

From CBS News, a quote from Gordon Felt. His brother died on Flt 93 out of Pittsburgh:

"This is important news for us, and for the world. It cannot ease our pain, or bring back our loved ones," said Felt in a written statement. "It does bring a measure of comfort that the mastermind of the September 11th tragedy and the face of global terror can no longer spread his evil."

Former Grunt said...

I'm not really detecting any of this "hatred" being spoken of. A lot of misquoting and things being taken out of context.

The bloke on the Daily Show said "I am way too close to this whole episode to be rational about this. Last night was a good night -not just for New York or D.C. - but for human people."

I think that's the way a lot of people felt. In a time where rapists, paedophiles, murderers etc. walk free due to technicalities of evidence - it's real, real nice to see actual justice done for once.

Don't let the eurphoria of relief that the man can no longer threaten us, the satisfaction that justice is finally served after such a long wait be confused with the obvious hatred the Bin Laden's of the world attribute to us.

It should only be FOX that see's things that are not there :)

Constance said...

There is indeed a difference between relief and grave-dancing. Your rational pointing out of that is a relief to me. The comments that I have been reading have been bloodthirsty and vile.

Civilian Overseer said...

Colonel, I point the way but you see only my finger. ;)

Constance said...

As long as no one pulls it.

sith master said...

I particularly like the reference from the Colonel about the breaking of chains setting one free.
Say it, Colonel:
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.

Civilian Overseer said...

Sithy are you attempting to groom the Colonel as your young apprentice?

I for one, oppose this. Connie do you concur?

Constance said...

That evil Sith Overlord is always trying to bring people over to the dark side. And no, I do not approve.

Civilian Overseer said...

Wait a minute!, is that a double negative I see before me, et tu Connie?, et tu?


Major General Creedon said...

@ Sithy: The Sith doctrine is referring to shackles. MLK was referring to a cycle. Completly different, only the words are the same - look up "Let Him Have It!"

Constance said...

Must I roll my eyes at you too?

Civilian Overseer said...

Careful Colonel, one flutter of Connie's eyelashes has been know to break hearts at forty paces and kill at twenty.

Constance said...

Oh yes, he'd better be extremely cautious. I've added another garment to an already fearsome arsenal. Don't get too close...