Well Done, Sir

Posted in Politics on May 4th, 2011

Allegedly President Obama ordered a military operation that killed the jihadi vermin, Osama bin Laden, ending a decade long hunt for the misborn ibn al khanzeer.

While I have some lingering doubts as to the truth of this, they don’t really matter very much since most of the world is taking this good news on faith. Hence I will accept these claims at face value until the unlikely event that they’re proven false.

That being the case, proper accolades are much in order, irregardless of my overall feelings about the Obama Regime, their near total lack of concern over those feelings, and the improbability that any of them would ever read this post:

Well done, Sir! Fucking well done! Huzzah!

To loosely paraphrase the First Lady, for the first time I’m proud of something you’ve done as President of my country.

jonolan

President Obama acting as the POTUS and C-in-C gave the order for DEVGRU and the CIA to undertake a “kill mission” – codenamed Operation Geronimo – to exterminate Osama bin Laden in t’s compound in the affluent suburb of Abottabad, Pakistan – a mere 35 miles from the capital, Islamabad. Obama ordered the commencement of Operation Geronimo without notifying the Pakistani government due to realistic fears that they would help Osama bin Laden escape.

To paint this in a negative manner, as America’s enemies, both foreign and domestic, will certainly do, President Obama unilaterally violated the territory of a sovereign nation and violated several articles of international in order to assassinate a private citizen in a private residence, killing multiple others in the process of this act.

More accurately stated, President Obama put the needs and desires of the American people before the sovereignty of a “state” that created and continues to support the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and did not allow the puling sensibilities of foreign interests, most of whom are no friends of America, to get in the way of doing his duty.

It was a job well done, both in specific execution and in the tone of the message it sends the world.

Related Reading:

International Law
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
The Taliban: Afghanistan's Most Lethal Insurgents (Praeger Security International)
Muslims in the Western Imagination
The Foreign Policies of Middle East States, 2nd edition

Does It Really Matter?

Posted in Musings, Politics, Society on May 2nd, 2011

Allegedly the Obama Regime planned and launched a military operation that killed the jihadi vermin, Osama bin Laden or at least that is what Obama announced last night and what a large number of Americans believe.

Yet, due to a variety of reasons, a have some serious doubts as to the veracity of this claim.

Does it really matter though?

Whether it’s true and we’ve just exterminated Osama bin Laden or it’s false and Obama is perpetrating another lie, it’s highly unlikely that Osama bin Laden is still alive at this time.

Either way, most Americans and many people in the rest of the world believe that a US Special Forces “kill team” exterminated him on Sunday. This will have certain effects, some good and some less so depending upon your ideology:

  1. Americans are happy with this thought. Our forces killing Osama bin Laden give them orders of magnitude more closure and joy than his dying of kidney failure or having been assassinated in an Al-Qaeda power struggle would. Sometimes “at least he’s dead” just isn’t enough.
  2. A lot of people across the world are going to have a better chance of understanding that, if they harm Americans, we will get to them and kill them no matter how long it takes. We won’t stop until they’re dead. That’s nothing other than a good thing in this day and age.
  3. True or false, claiming the kill for Osama bin Laden at this time gives the US a “Victory Condition” that Obama can exploit to pull all or most of our forces out of Afghanistan.
  4. Whether the facts as presented by Obama’s people are fully accurate, they’re partially false and he cynically manipulated the date of Osama bin Laden’s extermination for political gain, or this whole thing is a well constructed lie, the fact remains that Obama’s going to get a huge surge in popularity over this.

This is one of those cases where perception is more important than reality. Does it really matter if we just exterminated Osama bin Laden as long as a large enough majority of people believe that we did and it’s not in anyone with the power to act’s vested interests to prove it false?

Related Reading:

God's War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible
The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to al Qæda
Truth (Consequences)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

Do You Believe?

Posted in Politics on May 2nd, 2011

Allegedly the Obama Regime planned and launched a military operation that killed the jihadi vermin, Osama bin Laden – or at least that is what Obama announced last night and what a large number of Americans believe.

Yet we have no body and no proof that this is actually the truth. It’s actually just something that we’ve been told and that we want to believe.

Some people, myself included, have their doubts about the veracity of Obama’s claim.

It doesn’t count until you bring me the body.

– jmochagrrl aka Mrs. jonolan #2

The above quote was said before her or I knew that Osama bin Laden’s body was not still in US custody for verification of the kill, and jmochagrrl shows far more trust in- and support for Obama than I do.

Too Conveniently Timed

As much as I really want to believe that Osama bin Laden has been exterminated, the number of significant coincidences in the timing of this along with the lack of tangible proof set off my “bullshit alarm.”

  1. Obama just recently formally launched his 2012 reelection campaign and he kills (by proxy) Osama bin Laden.
  2. Obama needs to end the Afghan Conflict in order to regain some support in his base and he kills (by proxy) Osama bin Laden.
  3. It’s eight years to the day after President Bush made his oft-mocked “Mission Accomplished” speech and Obama kills (by proxy) Osama bin Laden.
  4. Obama just released what is purported to be a PDF of his long form birth certificate, once again igniting the flames of race-baiting against his detractors and he kills (by proxy) Osama bin Laden but has no incontrovertible proof of this fact.

Miracles do happen and sometimes politicians get handed gifts out of blue at the whim of the Gods, but this strains credulity more than a little bit.

Good planning can take the place of miracles more often than not and it’s not impossible that the pertinent details of this reported event are both accurate and a result of that planning. It’s a big stretch though in this instance to put that all together.

Reports of Osama’s Death

It’s seems hard to believe that Osama bin Laden, suffering from renal failure and needing dialysis, could survive on the run as he supposedly has if the US just managed to kill him. Add to that Benazir Bhutto’s claim in the weeks just prior to her assassination – hmmmmm… – that Osama had been murdered in an Al-Qaeda power struggle some time ago and things get even more doubtful

In point of fact, the Left repeatedly brought up the improbability of Osama bin Laden still being alive during the latter half of President Bush’s tenure in office. Those claims, much like the “anti-war” movement didn’t stop until Obama was installed into office.

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Don’t get me wrong; I want to believe that we’ve exterminated this filthy vermin. I just have my doubts, doubts that partially stem from my – and most Americans – wanting to believe this is true and the sure knowledge that politicians and their staff know this.

Related Reading:

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror
Peace Be Upon You: Fourteen Centuries of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Conflict and Cooperation
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
Politics: A Very Short Introduction