Sohaib Athar to his now 30,000+ followers after accidentally live tweeting the raid and suddenly being thrust into the international spotlight
Today while we celebrate a day of glory for our military it is not inappropriate to remember some other people who fought with us many years ago.
At the Worcester City hall Saturday afternoon a group of vets and Vietnamese Americans held a ceremony to mark the 36th anniversary of the fall of Saigon
We should not forget that Vietnam is still under communist rule:
I talked to a Worcester Cop that day who was born in Vietnam after it fell, he talked about the place, the lack of freedoms and the whole 10 yards. A lot of people in Vietnam paid a high price when we stopped aiding the South Vietnam.
I also talked to a pair of people who attended:
America is lucky to have such people here, they have made us better.
We should not forget them or the people still in Vietnam who are not yet free:
The very first place you should go is Hot Air because of the timeline in the post. Note how the various reports continue to differ until the correct news comes out.
Very important point made on Morning Joe (which started early) “If this had been a joint operation it would have been leaked.”
On Tim Blair’s blog some words of mourning from Rappers and ultra leftists, I’d be interested in the reaction in Dearborn.
This headline is amusing:
Well DUH! Even the Morning Joe crowd get it, we’ve actually been fighting Pakistan without being at war with Pakistan because neither side wants an actual full-scale war. It will be interesting to see the reaction in parts of England.
That he was stationary speaks volumes.
Michelle Malkin reports some are already playing games with this.
My only political comment will be this. After the victory in Gulf War 1, President Bush’s approval rating was in the 90’s.
Ok one more, biggest loser on this is Donald Trump.
Joe Scarborough points out that the president continued Bush policies and the objections that led to.
Update: This bit of news doesn’t surprise me:
One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by one of the combatants
Standard operating procedure.
Mika asked about a backlash? Backlash? Are we worried that Al Qaeda will try to kill us for killing Bin Laden as opposed to killing us for every other reason they used before?
The amount to troops involved, the amount of training and practice involved and the success of keeping this quiet speaks volumes about this operation. A real class act.
Interesting Statements from the Vatican
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will have to answer to God for having killed many people and exploiting religion to spread hate, the Vatican said on Monday.
Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that while Christians “do not rejoice” over a death, it serves to remind them of “each person’s responsibility before God and men”.
“Osama bin Laden, as everyone knows, had the grave responsibility of having spread division and hate among people, causing the deaths of an innumerable number of people and exploiting religion for these purposes,” he said.
That’s as close to a God wills it! moment that you will get these days from the Holy See.
The fact that they got the body out is really something. This entire operation was about as perfect as you can get.
18th October 2010
Osama bin Laden is living a comfortable life and hiding out in a house in northwest Pakistan, according to Nato officials.
The Al Qaeda leader has not been scuttled away to a network of caves, but instead is living life as the world’s most wanted man in conventional surroundings.
I guess the reaction of Bin Laden folks must have been. “Nobody reads the Daily Mail.”
Update: Debbie Lee son was the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq, this one is for her.
The Washington post reports Pakistan is downplaying their role in this operation, of course they are, their role was “the enemy”.
Update: The comments at moveon.org are… interesting, As for the post at the Nation I suggest my entry above concerning Bush I and his post Iraq 1 ratings, comments on firedoglake are rather interesting too.
…we have to give credit to the President for “green-lighting” the operation inside of Pakistan itself. He took a great political risk by doing so; can you imagine the negative fallout if this had gone south? Too, it also once again demonstrates to our friends and foes alike the continuity of our resolve to see the enemies of our nation vanquished, regardless of who is sitting in the oval office.
I don’t agree with Mr. Obama on most issues in regards to both domestic and foreign policy, and will probably continue to have my differences. But tonight, he comported himself in a way that transcended political division; in the manner the American President is supposed to do when it comes to our national security and meting out justice to our enemies . He was measured, and didn’t exploit the moment to pat himself on the back nor declare victory in the war on terror; and classy to contact former Presidents Clinton and Bush prior to going on national TV.
Update: Yeah this excuse is going to fly:
I just got off the phone with Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, who was adamant that Pakistan assisted the U.S. in locating Bin Laden, and who responded to criticism that Pakistan should have been able to locate Bin Laden by noting American law enforcement’s difficulty in capturing wanted criminals inside the U.S. He made specific reference to the notorious Boston gangland figure James J. “Whitey” Bulger: “If Whitey Bulger can live undetected by American police for so long, why can’t Osama Bin Laden live undetected by Pakistani authorities?”
My son woke me up to some pretty interesting news.
Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.
The president called the killing of bin Laden the “most significant achievement to date” in the effort to defeat al Qaeda.
“Justice has been done,” Obama said.
MSNBC notes that the administration informed former president’s Bush and Clinton first, I like that, classy.
We will talk about how this changes the election equation some other time, but it’s good news. 10 out of 10 for our guys and of course 10 out of 10 for the president.
The irony of course is I was worried about this administration that he would be horrible on the wars but only be meh on the economy. He has proved the opposite. He has been willing to fight the wars but has been disastrous on the economy. On reflection its a good trade, you can always bring back an economy, but you can’t unlose a war.
I do have some snark in my head but I’ll save it for tomorrow. Today it’s a kudos day so lets give it unreservedly.
Update: The miracle of Technology
Beginning at 3:58 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, which was past midnight in Pakistan, Athar wrote, “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).”
He went on to write about “a huge window shaking bang” and says “it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or a very poor spy craft it was.”
At 4:48 p.m., Athar wrote: “The few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani.” Then at 5:02 p.m.: “Since Taliban probably don’t have helicopters , and since they’re saying it was not ‘ours,’ so must be a complicated situation.”
At 5:10 pm: “The Abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there’s report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone.”
Is this the first case of a special ops mission being tweeted?