After 10 years, Osama bin Laden has finally been killed

May 1st, 2011: A Day that will go down in history as the day that President Barack Obama sealed his second term as President, and if he had not by this day, taken the title of best President to date, he earned it today. Osama bin Laden was killed today, in a covert CIA Operation in conjunction with their Pakistani counterparts.

For some time, we have been trying to kill this man, who has wrought so much havoc in the world. President Clinton tried to kill him for 8 years, President Bush the second tried to kill him for nearly eight years, and now, after 2 years and 4 months in office, President Obama, a man who promised change, progress, and a move toward peace in the world for all who would seek it, has destroyed one of the most horrible criminals in recent history, dealing a crushing blow to Al Qaeda’s leadership, and better still doing so without innocent or friendly casualties.

In this moment of national triumph, it is incumbent on all of us to pay our respects to those not only who helped make this moment possible, but to those who lost their lives in the process, those who lost their lives to make this moment necessary, and to the family members of those who lost their lives. It is also equally important that we all, regardless of political affiliation, pay our respects to the President who made the orders, and the team of intelligence officers and special ops who actually did the deed. We all spend a lot of time going back and forth about where the other stands on issues, but in this moment, it is clear that this President, and his party, are serious about our national security. Never mind where we stand on gun control, healthcare, or any other talking point, we care about the safety of our countrymen.

Even further to the point, this man cares so much about this that he was able to withhold what he knew, that bin Laden would soon be dead, at the Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner last night, despite his biggest opponents in the coming presidential race being in attendance. The kind of strength of character that requires is telling of the ability of our President to not only make the decisions that need to be made, but to withhold the information that needs to be withheld, no matter how huge the urge to share it. My hat’s off to the President for that.

Osama bin Laden, may you suffer the wrath of every life you have touched a million times over. If there is an afterlife, yours will be filled with horrors I cannot begin to imagine.

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