Monday, May 2, 2011

The May Day Surprise


                        (photos above are fakes)
President Obama's dramatic announcement on late Sunday evening concerning the killing of Osama bin Laden was an obvious triumph for the United States and President Obama.  Ironically, the October surprise that many liberals feared would come either on the eve of the 2004 and 2008 elections never materialized.  Governments are not that smart (especially Conservative ones) and so in '04 Bush happened to luck into bin Laden's own rogue election eve broadcast.

But it took a liberal Democratic president who focused as both a candidate and Commander In Chief on Afghanistan and Pakistan and not the Neo-Con created catastrophe of Iraq that got the job done. And no amount of lying and distortion by Fox News and the pill popping fat man will erase the meaning of  what will be many forthcoming photos of all the strategy meetings held by Obama and his National Security team focusing on this mission.  

The United States Government should also consider hiring filmmaker Michael Moore as an analyst.  Everything Moore proclaimed at the Academy Awards ceremony before the Iraq invasion in 2002  turned out to be true,  and Moore has been saying for years that:
"Osama bin Laden is a multi-millionaire--and if there's one thing I've learned about the rich it's that they don't live in caves for 9 years.  Bin Laden is either dead or hiding out in a place where his money protects him." Moore, October 7, 2010

That's a lot better track record than the Daniel Pipes', Richard Wolfowitzs, William Kristols and Dick Cheneys Neo-Con lunacy.  

As someone who has lived in this city  for over 20 years and  was here on that September day in 2001, I am relieved and happy that Bin Laden was killed.   That day nearly 10 years ago was frightening on many levels.  While so many of the Red State warriors play tough guy in bumfuck nowhere waiting for Al-Qaeda to attack the local Walmart, those of us here in New York City have been in the crossfire of the terror threat.  

During the immediate days after the attack, besides the stench of death that permeated the air, Manhattan was in essence under martial law as the NYPD secured every block of midtown.  The tiny three-story loft building where I lived in at the time was empty.  I was the only full-time resident.  The Park Avenue matron who used the 2nd floor as an art studio was still in the Hamptons while the ground floor tenants--Yemani pretzel cart vendors-- escaped to Brooklyn for 8 days until the coast was clear.  I thought for sure they had been involved.
Such was the climate back then. 

It's now time to consider bringing the boys and girls home. It's now time to consider what the costs of empire are.  

PS:  The first tweet of the bin Laden killing was posted on Twitter by Keith Urbahn, former chief of staff to Donald Rumsfeld.  Urbahn's tweet at 10:25 EST was: "So I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn."  According to the Guardian,
Urbahn's reputable person was Rumsfeld, who was informed by George W. Bush, who'd been phoned by Obama before the public announcement.  Good going big mouth Bushy!

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