Monday, May 2, 2011

I'd Like to be Happy About This....

...but to be honest, I'm cautious.

Obama: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead

Why you ask? Because the whole report looks like a spin document to bolster Obama's sagging ratings. Here are some of the parts that trouble me:

U.S. personnel identified him by facial recognition, the official said, declining to say whether DNA analysis had also been used.

The U.S. team took custody of bin Laden's remains. A U.S. official later said bin Laden had been buried at sea and the remains were handled in accordance with Islamic practice, which calls for speedy burial.

The official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive national security matters, said it would have been difficult to find a country willing to accept the remains. The official did not say where the body was buried.

Here is one of the real clinchers for me:

Obama provided few details of the operation beyond to say that he had personally ordered it be carried out.

Here is the part that tickled me:

The president spent part of the day on the golf course, but cut his round short to return to the White House for a meeting where he and top national security aides reviewed final preparations for the raid.

And then we read:

Bin Laden's death marks a psychological triumph in a long struggle that began with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and seems certain to give Obama a political lift.

Of course, there are parts of this that makes the story totally believable. First of all, it was SEAL Team Six along with JSOC who did the operation. JSOC is comprised of various Tier One operators (SEAL Team Six, Delta) that form our best elite counter terrorism teams. I would assume that they also had other SF teams in place, as well as Army Rangers, Recon Marines, Air Force Combat Control, and a host of other support teams.

Anyhow, once again, if this report is correct, then it clearly shows that Pakistan has been harboring this guy for a decade, while we have put billions of dollars in their coffers, proving that they are part of the terrorism problem, and not part of the solution.

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