Monday, May 02, 2011

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At long last, Osama bin Laden has been killed. It’s enormously satisfying to see that he died not by kidney failure or some Pakistani flunky, but from the rifle of a Navy SEAL. I didn’t care at all for President Obama’s rambling announcement speech, in which he eagerly began the process of taking near total credit, stopping just short of claiming he fired the fatal shots. But this is certainly welcome news for a nation worn down by two (three) wars, a recession, inflation, soaring energy costs, and an increasingly bitter partisan divide. President Bush and his people do deserve an enormous share of the credit for starting the effort and for instituting policies that lead to it, though his inability to close the deal was certainly one of his administration’s more devastating failures, one that’s now a great Obama success. All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to countless individuals, in both administrations, the military, and the intelligence community, for bringing one of the worst chapters in American history to a close.

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