Congratulations Are In Order

The Departed

Congratulations to President Obama and all those responsible for the whacking of Osama bin Laden. Obama was correct when he said during the presidential campaign that he would attack inside Pakistan if he had actionable intelligence about bin Laden’s presence in that country (the only sensible thing I can recall Obama saying during the campaign). And McCain was wrong for criticizing him for threatening to invade an “ally.”

Some ally! Does anyone believe the Pakistani government didn’t know bin Laden was in that million dollar “compound”? Let’s face it: None of those Arab and Islamic “countries” is an ally of the West, and that includes whatever regimes emerge from the so-called Arab Spring.

Check out the 60 Minutes interview (broadcast last night) with CBS reporter Lara Logan who endured a brutal sexual attack by a mob of Egyptian animals, known by the media and other naifs as “Democracy Demonstrators” and “Freedom Fighters.”

I will say, at the risk of being labeled racist, sexist, as well as being accused of “blaming the victim,” that it was foolhardy and irresponsible for a mother of two children (1 and 2 years old) to wade into an Arab mob. Logan said in the interview that she was, at the time, unaware of the “endemic” sexual violence of Egyptian men. Memo to Lara: as a seasoned “war reporter,” why didn’t you know that? Also, Lara, there are actually more important things to consider than your career, like, er, your two young children. I felt the same way about Daniel Pearl who was murdered by Al Qaeda in Pakistan, alllegedly by Khalid Sheik Mohammed who is currently residing in Guantanamo. Pearl left behind a pregnant wife.

Also, thanks to Obama for “ramping up” the number of Drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And thanks to the tech nerds who invented them even though Drones weren’t used in the raid that got bin Laden. Perhaps if we got rid of the unnecessary federal departments of education, transportation and energy we could afford more Drones. Just a thought.

Finally, I’d like to note the following:

Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons [my emphasis] developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides [My question: Was that before or after he was water boarded?]. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed’s successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.

The news is sure to reignite debate over whether the now-closed interrogation and detention program was successful. Former president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history. President Barack Obama closed the prison system.

So forgive me if I thank Bush and Cheney for those “secret overseas prisons” and for building from scratch the reasonably effective (so far) security system that the current president has oh-so-reluctantly kept in place.

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