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Bin Laden has assumed room temperature (UPDATED)

Joining my colleague's post on the big news with one of my own.

He's dead.  And U.S. action is the cause.  Details are sketchy at this time but we know he's dead:

bin_laden.jpgAl-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has his body, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

U.S. President Barack Obama was to make the announcement shortly that after searching in vain for bin Laden since he disappeared in Afghanistan in late 2001, the Saudi-born extremist is dead, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Details of the death were sparse. A senior U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation in Pakistan, not by a Predator drone. The official said it happened last week.

CNN and Reuters reported that the al-Qaida leader was killed in a mansion outside Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

At 11:35 PM, Obama is announcing the death to the nation. 

Small team of Americans responsible (likely a SEAL team but not announced at this time).  No American casualties.  It's great news but, as my brother the law enforcement officer has just texted me in a note and as Obama has just repeated, we must remain vigilant in the coming days for retribution attacks.  His death may very well trigger actions long planned.

Obama announces at 11:43 PM: "Justice has been done".

And indeed it has.  Hats off to our servicemen and women and especially that small team who will likely remain nameless.  And yes, hats off to President Obama.

At 11:47 PM, President Bush has released a statement declaring a victory for America.  Tonight, America has sent an unmistakeable message, no matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

UPDATE: A number of developments overnight.  The first of which is sure to jazz up the conspiracy theorists:

After bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official said. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.

I think this to be a mistake, a decision made under the duress of political correctness.  Stupid in my opinion.

There's also news about the compound, one that brings plenty of questions that need to be directed toward Pakistan:

Contrary to repeated speculation over the last decade that bin Laden was living in one of the remote tribal areas of Pakistan or even across the border in Afghanistan, the al-Qaida leader was found in an affluent suburb of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

...

The walls were 12- to 18ft high, topped with barbed wire. Access to the compound was severely restricted. The main part of the residence was three storeys high but had few windows. It was valued at about $1m but had no phone or internet connection. It was a custom-built terrorist hideaway.

Finally, I'd like to post President Bush's words on Bin Laden's death in their entirety:

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.


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Comments (41)

Regarding former President ... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Regarding former President G. W. Bush's comment:

Oh, Aye! That it will!

Justice! Con... (Below threshold)
Graceia:

Justice!

Congratulations to our brave and wonderful troops. I am so proud to be an American tonight!

I've been watching the celebrations in the U.S. Now I am going to say a special prayer for all the Americans in Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, etc. etc. etc. as I believe their lives are in mortal danger. If burning a Koran can bring out the crazy haters in the Muslim nations, what will this do?

How are the nutbars going t... (Below threshold)
Chico:

How are the nutbars going to spin this? Buraq Hussein got Osama.

Bush flailed around for 8 years, invading Iraq and leaving Afghanistan to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Obama announced bi... (Below threshold)
Chico:
Obama announced bin Laden’s death eight years to the day after Bush declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq, a war spawned in large part by the Sept. 11 attacks, in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Now there's really one "Mission Accomplished."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/osama-bin-laden-is-killed-by-us-forces-in-pakistan/2011/05/01/AFXMZyVF_story_1.html


Good for the special ops th... (Below threshold)
jbinnout:

Good for the special ops that got the job done. It was disturbing the way Obama tried to take the majority of the credit. I made it #1 priority, I decided the intelligence was good, I decided to authorize the operation, "I, I, I". What a load!.CBS was the channel I was watching and I could not believe how many times they referred to the "war on terror". A phrase they disdained while Bush was president. Also a lot has already been said about how Bush had 8 years and could not get it done. I remember how at one time we were able to track these murderers and they did not have a clue, until some liberal print media (New York Times) decided to release classified info about how it was done. We might very well have been able to get Osama earlier except for the restrictions imposed and info given to the terrorists. I suppose we will never know, but at least he is finally dead.

How can we be sure it is Bi... (Below threshold)
retired military:

How can we be sure it is Bin Laden without his lnog form BC?

ChicoWithout Bush ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Chico

Without Bush taking his actions Bin Laden would most likely still be alive.

Geez guy give it a break.

I believe when the Nazi Eic... (Below threshold)
mag:

I believe when the Nazi Eichmann was excueted by the Israelis they buried him at sea, so they would not be a place for "worshippers" to go and pay homage to him.
Maybe this was the same idea with Osama???

Either way, God Bless our troops.

Great to hear that OBL is d... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Great to hear that OBL is dead.
Wonderful job by our military and intelligence community.
Good job by BHO.

At this point I hope people do not think this marks the end of the vigilance.

Well.He's actually... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Well.

He's actually, confirmed dead. Thought he'd been turned into tiny terrorist chunks at Tora Bora and his taped speeches were from cut and pasted prerecorded crap. But... no.

He's dead and gone, and polluting the oceans. Well, something'll eat him, and be glad for the grub.

If I were Obama, compulsive blame-shifter that I'd be, I wouldn't be quite so quick to come out with the I, Me, I, I taking responsibility thing. If his objective was to become loved in the Muslim world, there's going to be plenty of folks who venerated Osama who'll be looking to take revenge.

But overall? I'll donate a 10' pole for the Ground Zero Pike!

While it is good that bin L... (Below threshold)
Weegie:

While it is good that bin Laden is dead, the truth is that it changes nothing.

Al Qaeda still exists and is still in full operation, the Taliban are still trying to re-enslave Afghanistan and the assorted other terrorist scumbags are still trying to kill Americans and Jews.

There's a reason why Bush said getting him wasn't that important - because it might cause us to lose focus on the larger picture. It looks like the leftists lost focus. Not surprising, considering how shallow they are.

Kudos to the Obama Administ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

Kudos to the Obama Administration for doing something right.

Taking out Osama is change I can believe in.

Congrats to all members of ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Congrats to all members of the armed forces, including the CinC, in bringing about this victory.

Congrats to Chico for a stunningly tasteless attempt to politicize this victory.

Now back to the regularly scheduled destruction of the US economy.

Oh no! Now they're REALLY m... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Oh no! Now they're REALLY mad!

ChicoBTW they got ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Chico

BTW they got OBL due to intelligence recieved from prisoners at GITMO 4 years ago.

As I stated earlier. WIthout Bush making the tough choices earlier we most likely would not have gotten OBL.

I am glad that Obama gave the order when it needed to be given. Unlike Clinton who obfuscated when he had his chances to get OBL.

The real problem with the c... (Below threshold)
Don L:

The real problem with the common usage of the term: "the conspiracy theorists" is that it naively assumes that their can never be a real conspiracy.

Perhaps another reading of Saul Alinsky might help? If that doesn't do it, a few weeks in Chicago politics...

The confused reports are enough to make even "reasonable, and "rational" folks say, "Huh?"

I woke to this news (don't ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

I woke to this news (don't do much tv, and never on a Sunday evening). No politics on this for me, it's just great news and will be savored as such here.

I have to admit I believed OBL had long ago been reduced to compost, so this came as a surprise. I'm happy to learn in this way that I was wrong.

No doubt the bastard made some contingency plans for something to come after this event. I pray any such plans can be disrupted but regardless, this was a great day to wake up to.

Congratulation and thanks to any and all who played a role.

Obama is taking credit for ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Obama is taking credit for this, but if George W. Bush had not initiated the hunt and put boots on the ground as well as enhanced CIA activity, Bin laden would still be out there laughing in his fortified compound.

The story goes that intel for Bin laden’s location came from prisoners at Gitmo. The same place that Obama wanted closed down and the prisoners there given full access to US courts.

George W. Bush’s policies and actions took time (as he said they would), but they were proven in the end to be the right ones.

We don't trust this adminis... (Below threshold)
Matt:

We don't trust this administration to tell us what time it is with truth and accuracy but, we'll trust them when they say Osama is dead.

Hmmm, no death certificate, no head on a pike, conveniently buried the alleged remains out to sea.

Timing is also just after releasing Obama's BC didn't give the Pres a bump that he needed. Also the announcement was a carefully choreographed production by the MSM and whitehouse.

Just some food for thought on a Monday.

The decision for burial at ... (Below threshold)
Wayne Martin:

The decision for burial at sea was a good one, given that it: a) deprives bin Laden's acolytes of a shrine (a watery lat/long isn't easy to make a pilgrimage to), and b) allows the possibility in the minds of al Qaeda that he's still alive and in some dark place giving up more intel. That coupled with the intel that was likely retrieved from the site of the raid should make a number of folks (including people in Pakistani intelligence) rather nervous for a while.

Both Bush and Obama talked ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Both Bush and Obama talked a lot about justice being done, last night. But justice is done in a courtroom not a battlefield. It was revenge or if you will rough justice but not justice in the killing of bin Laden in the raid, even if he resisted. It would have been better had he been captured and tried, but I suppose the result was just as satisfying for America and maybe for bin Laden.

Steve Crickmore,Th... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

Steve Crickmore,

There is the law and the justice associated with it.
In our justice system, that is reserved for American citizens.

OBL fell under the category of "enemy SOB".
That's the justice that was served.

I wonder if he gets his virgins?

I agree burial at sea was a... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I agree burial at sea was a good decision, for it does deprive of shrine and pilmigrage opportunities.

If OBL had been returned home to family, that would of been Saudi Arabia and I'm sure that Royal Family would not want to host the grave of a terrorist that would of liked to take them down too.

If OBL had been as sick as some supposed I doubt he'd be able to hold up his end of taking care of virgins. I also believe the classic requirement was to die in battle whilst killing infidels, that he did not do.

One kind of justice is rend... (Below threshold)
jim m:

One kind of justice is rendered in a court room. Another was delivered last night. One does not need a judge and jury to bring justice to a man who proudly proclaims his instrumentality in bringing about the deaths of thousands of innocent people.

One thing to keep in mind is that the intel came from Gitmo, from prisoners on whom "enhanced interrogation techniques" were used and apparently used withing the last year. This mission was made possible not by obama's more intelligent foreign policy but by Bush's WOT policies that Barry denounced and then quietly kept. At least he had the good sense to do so.

One thing is for sure, this puts Carter firmly back at the bottom of the Presidential rankings. obama didn't screw this one up. Carter almost certainly would have.

And Donald Trump is already... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

And Donald Trump is already demanding to see the long form version of the death certificate

"It would have been better ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

"It would have been better had he been captured and tried..." Steve Crickmore

Better? Better in what way, Steve? Right now the families of his many victims can take solace in the fact that, at the United States hand OBL has paid the highest price he was capable of paying for his crimes. They waited in suffering for a long time for this day, they aren't waiting any more. So just tell us, better in what way?

The Palestinians are now co... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The Palestinians are now condemning the killing of Bin Laden. So much for the peaceful allies that the left thought we had there. The administration should take care to note the reaction of the palestinians and others as they reveal themselves once again to be our enemies.

Does this mean that now WE ... (Below threshold)
Tom:

Does this mean that now WE can take OUR AK-47s and M-16s out in the backyard and start firing them into the air?

Does this mean that now ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Does this mean that now WE can take OUR AK-47s and M-16s out in the backyard and start firing them into the air?

Oh, OUTSIDE.... I knew I was forgetting something.

You need a general contract... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

You need a general contractor, (I can give you a referral...) or can you handle the repairs yourself?

I think burying Bin Laden a... (Below threshold)

I think burying Bin Laden at sea is a good idea, actually. It makes it harder to use his burial spot as a rallying point for other terrorists.

I personally would have preferred mixing his ashes in with pig remains, feeding them to other pigs, and then shooting the pigs into the sun to be cleansed by fire. Or, alternately, building a cage for him atop a crane above ground zero, letting him starve to death and then be eaten by buzzards.

But in any case, justice was delayed but it has not been denied. At last.

Seldom have I witnessed suc... (Below threshold)
Asshat Patrol:

Seldom have I witnessed such woopidity as comments #3,4.

crampless,Rough ju... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

crampless,

Rough justice is still justice. Osama bin Laden received a more merciful end than his life and actions earned him, making it justice tempered with mercy.

"It would have been better ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"It would have been better had he been captured and tried..." Steve Crickmore


Sure because circus trials that cost millions (if not a billion or more), cause security nightmares, jury members and their families who would be terrorists targets for the rest of their lives and are always better than a final defining solution.

Sorry I will take the 25 cent solution (cost of a 7.62 mm round) over the billion dollar one any day of the week.

This is like when a suspect comes out shooting at police yet the police are criticized when they fire back and kill him.

Steve stick with groceries, it is more along your line. Leave the national security stuff to the folks who live and die by the decisions they make on the ground.

If he is dead can you featu... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

If he is dead can you feature the look on his face when he met ol' Teddy Kennedy in hell in stead of the virgins?
Bwaaaaahaaaahaaaaaaa

"It would have been better ... (Below threshold)
John S:

"It would have been better had he been captured and tried..." Steve Crickmore

Nonsense. There is no evidence to convict him.

Bin Laden's Afterlife Su... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Bin Laden's Afterlife Surprise

After getting nailed by a Navy SEAL, Osama made his way to the pearly gates. There, he is greeted by George Washington.

"How dare you attack the nation I helped conceive!" yells Mr. Washington, slapping Osama in the face. Patrick Henry comes up from behind: "You wanted to end the Americans' liberty, so they gave you death!" Henry punches Osama on the nose. James Madison comes up next, and says, "This is why I allowed the Federal government to provide for the common defense!" He drops a large weight on Osama's knee.

Osama is subject to similar beatings from John Randolph of Roanoke, James Monroe and 65 other 18th-century American revolutionaries. As he writhes on the ground, Thomas Jefferson picks him up to hurl him back toward the gate where he is to be judged.

As Osama awaits his journey to his final very hot destination, he screams, "This is not what I was promised!"

An angel replies: "I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you. What did you think I said?"

"You should only talk good ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

"You should only talk good of the dead. Osama is dead. Good." Betty Davis on Joan Crawford. ww

I think an incarceration fo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I think an incarceration followed by a trial and then further incarceration and capital punishment would not have been inappropriate. plus we may have gained new intelligence or there may have been a possibility however remote, that Osama could have been turned i guess,-that would have been a real public relations coup- but I suppose Obama thought such due process was risky and so the mission was strictly to kill Osama, rather than capture him and try him.

Steve"or there may... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Steve

"or there may have been a possibility however remote, "

How? By bowing to him too many times? By asking him pretty please with sugar on top?
Maybe by saying Mother may I.

"so the mission was strictly to kill Osama, rather than capture him and try him.

"

Gee the Obama administration put out that they tried to get him to surrender first. Are you calling them liars Steve? If they lied about this maybe they lied about other aspects of the story? What exactly do you think is the truth there Steve? Are you even sure we got the right guy? Maybe we should have requested to see a long form of his BC after Mirandizing him and providing him a lawyer on the spot.

As I said before Steve. Stick with running a grocery store. As a national security analyst you are a walking CF.


RM @ 40 said:<blockqu... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

RM @ 40 said:

As I said before Steve. Stick with running a grocery store. As a national security analyst you are a walking CF.

Hear him! Here him!

Snort.




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