The headlines are proclaiming the triumph this morning. Perhaps the “most wanted” figure since Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden met his demise at the hands of the U.S. military that has been in pursuit of him for more years than many can recall. At least, so we’re told. An “overdue and emotional salvation“, one report described it. So overdue, in fact, that bin Laden seem to have become an afterthought in recent years. I’m sure many were resigned to the idea he would never be found…and eventually presumed dead. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say bin Laden has not really been an effective leader in years, as well. His ghostly facade would show up in the occasional video as the extremist al Qaeda continued to hope to capitalize on a diminished recruitment tool. At least we can hope for that situation to be true.
My skepticism at this turn of events is based in what can rightly be described as an administration that calculates every move for its political value. I’m not saying every move works out as they planned, but the Obama White House undoubtedly weighs everything. And we all know TIMING IS everything! I do give props to the President for his timely response to the tornado destruction in Alabama and much of the South. Nevertheless, you have a nation struggling economically at a level not seen in decades. The fact that the resulting frustration is at an all time high would be more than enough cause for an announcement that might foster some unity for a change.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure the news of bin Laden’s death brings some closure to the survivors of 9/11 and the families of those that lost their lives. As he was declared the mastermind behind the attacks, karma certainly extracted its due this time around. Though we can claim a decisive victory here, I doubt it changes much in the efforts of extremists toward the destruction of this country. As another article noted, the news brought “celebration, unity…and questions”