it never crossed my mind that it could be usama bin laden.
i am not a big believer in hate. nor am i a warmonger. i appreciate and respect people of every tongue, nationality and race. i don't harbor a blood-lust against those whom our country decides or has decided is our enemy, and neither does america. when the japanese and germans put down their weapons after the second world war, we soon had two of our biggest allies in the world. hell, after the english stopped the nonsense after the war of 1812, and burning down our capitol, we cemented our special relationship with britain that would hardly be questioned over the next two-hundred years.
but i believe in having our brother's back. i believe when we're threatened by the worst ideology in this world, a wicked worldview that seeks to kill our innocents at home and abroad, to put us under the yoke of a caliphate or sharia or worse, well, we need to take out the sharpened hoe in the garage and quickly put it to the back of the snake's neck and stop it in its tracks.
when our brothers and sisters, our fellow americans were slaughtered on that fateful day, we owed it to them to take a stand. almost ten years ago, president bush said from a pile of rubble in new york shouting through a bullhorn:
"i can hear you! i hear you! the world hears you. and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"the 44th president picked up that gauntlet and tonight he bookended a bold, hubristic prediction when our president obama said:
"we will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. we will be true to the values that make us who we are. and on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al-qaeda's terror: justice has been done"yes it has, mr. president. we are all proud of you and your actions putting an american finger on the final pulse and breath of a terrorist and mass-murderer of americans. now if only we could expect to earn a strong relationship with the countries in that region. instead, i expect more mothers to be strapping explosives in earnest to their 12-yr-olds and asking for their god's blessing the killing of infidels.
but, for now, mr. president, you deserve the gratitude of your fellow americans. thank you for your well-wishes to us, and God bless you, too, sir. and God bless the men and women of all religions of our armed forces who serve our country proudly and pay the ultimate sacrifice for our protection on a daily basis, including this magnificent operation that put a neat button on this messy and justified engagement.
i apologize if some of you find this post offensive, but for me, when a nation finds itself threatened and no longer in a state of civilization, we are in a state of nature and as such, we need the type of keen leadership that president obama provided today: "at my direction" ... the three strongest words of his presidency.
here, some strong words by his predecessor: