Ok, I'm convinced it's the real deal, but I have another problem... and it's the Americans celebrating in the streets. The coverage does not look that much different from when Palestinians or our other Middle Eastern enemies celebrate American deaths in their own streets. Just pointing out an interesting similarity.
Also, I tend to agree that this won't matter too much. The Al Qaeda leadership has many heads and Osama was not a prominent figure in recent times. I do think Al Qaeda has been severely damaged over the past 10 years, but it's still an active force.
My next concern is how the media continues to talk about this issue. Whether or not we want to face it, we are in a position that could really aggravate radicals in the Middle East. Are we going to play tit for tat and brandish Bin Laden's death as much as possible, or are we going to be sensible toward the safety of our troops and keep the reports to the cold hard facts?
I have always found it distasteful when the media and White House broadcasted the pictures of dead enemies, like when Saddam's son was killed. It's really just not necessary.
Left vs Right, like two retards fighting it out over whom is more retarded.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
YouTube - Bush: Truly not concerned about bin Laden (short version)
If GWB had cared about finding Bin Laden, he wouldn't have used 911 to justify the invasion of a country that had ZERO to do with it.
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville