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This is crazy. GOP are both happy and kind of worried even more about 2012. Obama scores a huge victory with this. I thought democrats were weak on terror. There's so much to go through. I wish I could see reactions from conservatives everywhere when they found out Obama did what Bush couldn't do and all of that. 

Maybe people will start looking at how the President has ramped up the war on terror during his first 2.5 years in office. He makes Bush's operations in Afghanistan/Pakistan/Yemen/Horn of Africa look like child's play.

We've been kicking some serious ass over there. Maybe the President will finally get some credit. 

As far as the national security issue is concerned, this is a huge thing that the President will be able to hang his hat on for a long, long time. It will be a lot easier to shut up his critics now. Unless something completely unforeseen and terrible happens between now and November 2012, this is all we'll have to mention.

Obama just won re-election. He's da man!

I'm so proud and happy for him. 
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I am so glad Dick Cheney lived to see Democratic President Obama bag Bin Laden...

Excuse me, Misty.

**** Dick Cheney!

Let me say that again. **** Dick Cheney!

Obama Finds Praise, Even From Republicans

NY Times

Two weird coincidences.

This is the anniversary of the mission accomplished blunder by Bush.

And it's been roughly 3,500 days since 9/11. Might be exactly that, I didn't here.  

Truly, a mission accomplished with Bin Laden dead.  I liked the one comment on the Frumforum;

I guess Obama really did have more important business to tend to instead of playing around with Birthers 

Ha. Awesome!

Hallelujah! 

He was a murdering bastard who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans and I'm glad that he is dead. If it means that I'm a horrible person for celebrating his death, then so be it. 
Gas Buddy is reporting that oil futures are trading down, so more good news.  ;-))

Long live justice.

To Rush, Beck, Fox News and the gang:

Spin this, losers.

(That's my censored version of this)  

Bush released a statement congratulating Obama and the military. 

Statement by former-President George W. Bush

May 1, 2011

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

As for my take, well, I'm not usually one to celebrate anyone's death and I would have preferred him to be taken alive before his execution. But I can accept this, and can accept that it means a certain measure of closure for a dark time in our history.

Not that this is over, not by a long shot. It is a major propaganda coup and a PR victory for us, but Al-Quaeda is an organization of organizations.  They're like a hydra, you can't just kill it by chopping off one head.

 

Thanks so much for posting President Bush's comments.  I think at a time like this we should put poltics aside - Bush's comments are very classy. 

To your point about it not being over, I absolutely agree  - the fragmented nature of Al-Quaeda is one of the characteristics that makes it so difficult to combat. However, I have to consider the changes that are taking place in the Arab world, especially in the youth.  As a whole Arab youth seem more enamored with Democracy than a belief system that promises suicide.  Perhaps I'm naive and pollyanna here but I think the tide is turning.

 

As a whole Arab youth seem more enamored with Democracy than a belief system that promises suicide.

I agree, but the ones who remain will be more virulent in the short term future.

Complete agreement on the short term future; that's why our intelligence community remains so very crucial in the fight.

Idealogical shifts don't happen overnight.

Was talking to my neighbor and he said (and I agree) that Obama is in the most danger he's ever been at this point. 

Unfortunately, Al-Quida will not have to import an assassin, they could find a home grown "hero" by parlaying one of the indoctrinated Obama haters into doing the shooting.

Yes, I am a cynic.

All the more reason why our intelligence community is so crucial now more than ever.

 

I had the same thought; but my concern is about the fanatical right who seem to find clever ways of amping up hostility toward Pres. Obama.  They'll now be even more concerned about a second term............

All it takes is one easily angered & manipulated person.

 

President Obama = Mission Accomplished

A flash mob gathers at the White House gates...

Good job Mr President!

I cannot believe what I am reading. Now I generally do not support taking another human's life, but I am so glad to hear this news! The world's most wanted terrorist has been eliminated, and we have scored a huge victory in the War on Terror. And yes, this is a major foreign policy success for the Obama administration.
Hysterical.
Excellent I love that!
It appears a person in Pakistan live-tweeted the operation.  It sounds like a Special Ops mission, one helicopter, and I would guess Delta Force members handled it.  This type of thing is their specialty.  http://motherjones.tumblr.com/post/5126905259/soupsoup-twitter-account-reallyvirtual-seems 
Or it may have been U.S. Navy Seals.  More details at  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=135909242&ft=1&f= 
Removed as link no longer works.
Apparently Hitler was announced dead on May 1st also. 
Isn't it wonderful to have a president who knows and understands history!

Now the more serious concern. 

http://www.businessinsider.com/bin-laden-blowback-2011-5

EDIT TO ADD:

I liked this comment from the Businessinsider article.

"So when was the last time Hamas and the Taliban weren't pissed off and vowing revenge? Other breaking news - Republicans still don't like Obama..."

This news is one of the big reasons why I chose to vote for Obama in 2008: He was the candidate who spoke with the most common sense approach and the most conviction on how to achieve this goal.

I heard on the NPR report that the orders were specifically to kill - not capture - bin Laden.  That was the only choice in how to issue this order, IMO.


Dirk Langeveld, a Local Editor for Patch, provides the following image and caption: "Muddy Waters coffee house in New London, CT. This sign was posted first thing Monday morning to recognize the United States' announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces. Barry Neistat, the owner of the café, said the reason for the giveaway was simple. 'He’s the personification of evil to me,' said Neistat. 'When I look at him, I see the devil.'"

Newsweek reporter Daniel Stone tweets:
@ danstone1 : "Obama got Osama" t-shirts for sale at Farragut Square. Now that's America.
In some more cool irony, I heard that the news interupted the Apprentice last night. 

Another interesting coincidence: The news of Bin Laden's death started to become known to the public in the 9th inning of a 1-1 game between the Mets and the Phillies.  Think about it. 9 (9th inning), 11 (1-1 tie), New York, Philadelphia (representing the state where flight 93 crashed in Shanksville).

"Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." -- Mark Knopfler

Yesterday was a blessed on.  I celebrated the birthday of my son, and then the death of OBL.  I know that this will never bring back the lives of those who are gone, but I hope it helps ease some pain.

The way Obama conducted this entire operation is the way I expect our leader(s) to act.  I will proudly vote for him once again, and I hope that others who doubted him...will open their eyes.

No such luck,  a friend of mine is participating in a facebook page "the truth about Osama" and sure enough it is implying that Osama died quite some time ago of kidney failure.

The current hoopla is just a ploy to get Obama reelected.

Sigh..

My friend seems so sane otherwise.

Whoa! 

How laughable. Like he deserves such considerations. 

Islamic scholars criticize bin Laden's sea burial

Associated Press

A bunch of pictures related to the ordeal. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/5680724572/in/photostream/

Obama and team watching feed of last night's raid:

Here's what the right has to hang on to after Obama obtained such a huge victory.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/02/972387/-Republicans-say-torture-led-US-to-bin-Laden-Facts-say-otherwise?detail=hide

 

You can trust Dick Cheney and his friends to sour anything good that happens.  Can we just ship Cheney and Yoo, etc off to the Hague for War Crimes?  I'd really like to see the President come out with a strong repudiation of any enhanced interrogation techniques used, and emphasize that this was the result of patient, and thorough intelligence observation.

If we had a "like" button, I'd presss it for every comment!!! 

I'm not a fan of Bill Maher, but have to share this tweet by him: "Somali pirates, Gaddafi's son, now bin Laden - do NOT f**k with Obama, he's Gangsta!!"

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