Thank You

I need to take a moment to express my appreciation to the US Navy Seals for their successful removal of Osama from this world. They do not seek recognition, indeed they strenuously avoid it, but they deserve it, as do all who helped. Gentlemen, whoever you are and wherever you are, thank you.

The blather is already underway. The effects on markets, the effects on US-Pakistani relations, the impact on Al Qaeda, the potential for “blowback” from terrorist groups, the conspiracy theories, the demands for “proof”, which politician deserves the “credit”…it’s all as predictable as the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening. I will leave that to others.

Today, I just want to say what a relief it is to see the US get a job done. The Afghan War, the Iraqi War, the Libyan War just drag on and on. It is not a surprise and taking out one individual, no matter how difficult, hardly compares to winning a war with tens or hundreds of thousands of participants in nations that have no effective leadership. But that does not take the bloom off this rose for a minute. We needed to bring his career to an end, dead or alive, and it is done, finished, over with. The US can no longer pretend it calls the shots for the majority of the planet as it once did, in effect. Those days are gone. However, we did need to show that we could face a dangerous, challenging task everyone knew we had to complete and complete it. That has been done for all the world to see.

Yes, I am well aware that terrorists are very likely to strike, if they can, and soon in an attempt to restore their “credibility”. I am well aware that minutes after posting this brief commentary, I may have to read reports of the deaths of innocent people, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time by proponents of a fascism that is all the more repugnant when presented as the work of God. But fear of retaliation is never an excuse to complete a task as important as this one. It is not as if failure would have made the world a safer place.

Let me finish as I began. Thank you, Navy Seals and everyone else who helped bring an end to what needed to end.

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