(HT: Daily Kos for the graphic)
3,520 days after Americans woke up to witness the largest mass casualty of a terrorist attack in our world history, we woke up to the news that the Administration of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner had killed Osama bin Laden, a mastermind and chief financier of the global terrorist network.
Last night, President Obama informed former President George Bush about the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. President Bush released this statement:
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.
Part of me wishes that Obama ended the phone call with “I’m better than you, na na na boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.”
Dick Cheney, whom Obama did not call and nobody asked, also issued a statement:
“The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces is a victory for the United States and a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission. Their tireless work since 9/11 has made this achievement possible, and enabled us to capture or kill thousands of al Qaeda terrorists and many of their leaders. I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team. . .”
The timing of this couldn’t have been any better. On Wednesday, Obama released his long form birth certificate turning Donald Trump into even more of a punchline as a Presidential candidate as his hair and Boehneresque complexion already has done. Trump played it off as a “victory” as he marched to Washington to partake in one of Washington’s most bizarre rituals.
This set up the weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, in which Trump’s ego couldn’t keep him away. And the Donald had to sit there as the President and Seth Meyers had the entire D.C. political establishment literally laughing at the very concept of a Trump candidacy. Trump would appear the next day on Fox & Friends, licking his wounds, decrying the very event he attended while backing off of his demands that now Obama release his school records.
Over the course of Obama’s presidency, terrorist attacks in the United States stopped being things we feared to things we celebrated thwarting. There was the roasted testicles bomber on a commercial airliner. Then, a year ago yesterday, there was the Times Square bomber who locked the keys to his apartment inside the explosive-laden SUV.
Yes, one year to the date the Times Square bomber was thwarted, we have New Yorkers gathering in Times Square to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden:
During the entire 2008 campaign, we were told that we couldn’t trust Obama. That he’d be “soft” on terrorism. We knew it was bullshit, but we all know people who believed it as earnest as people have come to believe that he was born in Kenya under some bizarre and incredibly forward thinking Muslim terrorist plot decades in the making.
Only Obama could support regime change in the Islamic countries in Northern Africa and bomb Libya in a way that doesn’t inflame anti-American passions there to serve as an al Qaeda. Where’s George Bush and Dick Cheney regularly fed them prime recruiting materials with little visible results in hurting them; Obama has done the opposite. It’s the new post post-9/11 of thinking. Where the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner is an American-born badass.
Even after the sniper took out the Somali pirates that were holding Americans hostage, they still believed it. Now, in the course of a week, Obama has delivered the long form birth certificate they claimed couldn’t exist and the death of Osama that they said Obama would never do. As the rest of us come to terms with the post-post-9/11 world in which Osama bin Laden is dead and the U.S. is moving out of Iraq and bound to start winding down Afghanistan, what’s a birther to do?
I guess they could always start a campaign to see Osama’s long-form death certificate…