A very good thing happened on Sunday night when Navy SEALs entered Osama bin Laden’s house and killed him. Personally I don’t give a hoot how that happened – I’m just deliriously happy that it did happen. Now however the press appears to be bent on flailing all the details hoping to spin this into a bad thing. Can the other news stories be that trivial? Let’s get on to important stuff. To set the record straight:
Was bin Laden armed or unarmed? No one should care but apparently he was. If the SEALs had captured him Attorney General Eric Holder would have bounced bin Laden around the Un-Justice system until we finally get rid of Eric Holder in January 2013. Holder isn’t interested in justice – frankly I don’t know what he is interested in. We’re better off with bin Laden dead.
Should we release photos of the bastard or not? I don’t think it serves any purpose. Besides al Qaeda barbarians will just point to the birth certificate released last week and say “If they can fake that, they can fake anything.” (For you humorless liberals out there – I’m kidding) I agree with the President we don’t need it, “spiking” the ball makes it look like you haven’t been to the end zone before, and al Qaeda is already referring to bin Laden as a “martyr.” That’s good enough for me.
We apparently gave bin Laden an honorable Muslim burial. That’s okay with me. As much as I wanted us to sew him up in a pig carcass I’m glad we didn’t. Americans don’t dishonor enemy dead – such a thing is punishable by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Just because bin Laden and his followers are unspeakable barbarians does not give us carte blanche to do the same to them. American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are your friends, neighbors, and relatives – when they come home we don’t want them haunted by such things. We are the good guys – we have always worn the white hats – don’t let these sorry excuses for human beings change that.
Was it murder? Only a lunatic could come to that conclusion. When a SEAL or any other member of the military comes up against the bad guys I want them to have simple rules of engagement that give them the widest latitude while protecting our guys. A mentor of mine years ago put it succinctly when he told us “Don’t kill nothing that don’t need killin’.” Clear enough. If you are hanging out with a bad guy though, we don’t have to check your stripes – you are fair game too. Osama bin Laden was an evil, vicious bastard who should have been under “shoot on sight” orders from day one.
Okay – there you go. The economy is still in the tank, unemployment is stuck, inflation is burning up our pay checks, our Federal government is completely out of control, and the border still leaks like a sieve. We have more important things to talk about and do.