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So long and thanks for all the wars

Posted by Charles II on May 1, 2011

[corrected 11:51 PM Eastern] White House sources says that Osama bin Laden is dead.

President Obama has addressed the nation here. A small team of Americans attacked a compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan and killed bin Laden. There were no American casualties.

Maybe this will allow us to declare victory and stop the foolishness. The whole point of the September 11th attacks was to bait us into unwise, unjust, and extremely expensive action. Lured in by the deaths of 2,977 Americans at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville PA, we lost 5,885 American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additional troops from other countries have died, as have first responders (and others) afflicted with lung disease and other disorders due to the pollution of the destruction of the World Trade Center. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans died as a consequence of war through the effects of malnutrition, disease, sectarian fighting, and combat with American forces. The costs of the wars will probably top 3 Trillion dollars. The damage to our civil liberties will never be undone.

Osama bin Laden was not worth any of this.

Obama says that justice has been done this night. While there was never any doubt that bin Laden had to suffer for ordering the attacks of 9/11, it’s hard to call it justice when the death of one man is supposed to pay for loss this enormous. But maybe we will start to wake up from our national nightmare.

10 Responses to “So long and thanks for all the wars”

  1. jo6pac said

    If true it’s means that payments from the cia should stop but we all know how that has worked in the past. I’m sure the spin is already saying that there are a lot of #2 we need to deal with, war on.

    WOW just as betryues comes on board, wag the dog any one? I’m off for new tin foil tomorrow, I promise.

    • Charles II said

      I think they’ve been working on this for a while, Jo.

      What I find interesting is that bin Laden was living in the middle of a Pakistani military stronghold. He obviously had protectors high up in Pakistan’s real government, the military. That’s where I would apply the tinfoil.

      • Several prominent Indian commentators, as part of the continuing low-intensity war between Indian and Pakistan, have been quick to point this out, saying that there’s no way the Pakistani government couldn’t have known where he was. (Though to be fair, OBL made a point of avoiding using any type of electronic communications, aside from his occasional videos; he conducted all business via couriers.)

  2. At the very least we should now be getting the hell out of Afghanistan and speeding up our withdrawal from Iraq.

  3. MEC said

    I’m assuming it was a matter of mere seconds until The Usual Suspects began claiming that whoever was buried at sea, it wasn’t Osama bin Laden, and Obama is just claiming he’s dead to get some political advantage.

    Or that Bush killed him years ago and Obama’s announcing it now for political advantage. (As if Bush wouldn’t have had bin Laden’s head stuck on the White House fence to let everybody know who gets the credit.)

  4. Well, well:

    http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/05/02/leading-democrats-step-out-on-limb-call-for-withdrawal-in-afghanistan/

    Considering that Jim Himes (D-CT and Goldman Sachs), a guy not known for sticking his neck out, called for the US to pull out of Afghanistan even before the word of the bin Laden raid was made known last night, I expect there will be more Democrats, if not Republicans, backing a pullout now.

    • jo6pac said

      Yep and I’m sure in a few months the draw down will begin. Then with betryus at cia, vendors will be hired for so called security. I think he’s already on record that the cia fill in the void. There will be plenty of vets to hire, since there’s no jobs here and nothing coming any time soon, except to protect the elite.

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