U.S. team’s mission was to kill bin Laden, not capture
(Reuters) – The U.S. special forces team that hunted down Osama bin Laden was under orders to kill the al Qaeda mastermind, not capture him, a U.S. national security official told Reuters.
“This was a kill operation,” the official said, making clear there was no desire to try to capture bin Laden alive in Pakistan.
After the giddiness wore off over the news of Osama’s demise, I have been asking myself some serious questions about all of this. The quick burial at sea was quite a letdown for the American people as it didn’t allow for them to see the body on display for the press. This is REALLY going to bite Obama in the butt later on. After all, you still have a bunch of tin-foil hatters out there who saw planes fly into the Twin Towers and yet are convinced that the government blew up those same buildings using high explosives. So, why the quick burial at sea? Sure, you don’t want to bury him on American soil, or any other soil for that matter, as this will no doubt become a martyr’s shrine for his supporters. However, why so fast? What was the hurry? He’s dead. He’s not going anywhere and al-Qaeda doesn’t have the time and resources to hunt down and engage a fully armed military vessel in the middle of the ocean. Obama should have personally flown out there with GW Bush and done one of those “Mission Accomplished” photo-op thingies. THEN he could have buried Osama at sea with all the proper Muslim and political platitudes on display for an eager press to eat up and dish out to the world and a hungry America.
This would have added an extra boost to Obama’s approval rating and given Americans a more satisfying conclusion than what we got—which was just Obama doing his usual schtick of self-aggrandizing while reading the teleprompter, “I did this, I did that, I ordered this, I ordered that, me, me, me, I, I, I…” Hey, Obama! You didn’t do anything exceptional enough to warrant such an ostentatious speech as what you gave last night! You merely did the job you were hired to do and that was that. Get over yourself!
Which leads me to my next, big question: Why did Obama order Osama killed, not captured?
Did we not want to garner any actionable intelligence from al-Qaeda’s number one? What if OBL was planning a major attack which could kill thousands in the United States and everything and everyone were already in place? Wouldn’t it make more sense to keep the option open of waterboarding Osama rather than closing that avenue off by ordering him killed, not captured? Doesn’t Obama want to save American lives? What better way than to capture and interrogate one of the most high-level terrorists out there, Osama bin laden?
Unlike what the Lefturds and Libtards would have you believe, it is quite obvious that torture actually works in obtaining important, high-level information. In fact, the killing of Osama is directly attributable to Bush’s use of waterboarding at Gitmo! Hidden amongst the background noise this morning concerning Osama’s killing is this interesting tidbit:
[…] Details of how U.S. intelligence agencies tracked bin Laden and of how the assault took place are found in a White House transcript of a briefing held early this morning […]
According to the account, detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, first provided the alias for bin Laden’s most trusted courier, a man whom intelligence agents would hunt relentlessly.
Four years ago, intelligence agencies uncovered the man’s identity. It would be two more years before agents could identify the regions of Pakistan where the courier and his brother were known to operate.
“Still we were unable to pinpoint exactly where they lived, due to extensive operational security on their part,” the official said. “The fact that they were being so careful reinforced our belief that we were on the right track.”
It wasn’t until August of last year that intelligence officials found the brothers’ residence in Abbottabad, a medium-size city home to Pakistan’s most prestigious military academy.
“When we saw the compound where the brothers lived, we were shocked by what we saw — an extraordinarily unique compound,” an administration official said.
Twelve- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire surrounded the three-story villa, roughly eight times as large as surrounding homes. Additional walls segmented the interior, providing more security and privacy.
“Our best assessment, based on a large body of reporting from multiple sources, was that bin Laden was living there with several family members, including his youngest wife,” an official said.
So, it is quite obvious that waterboarding works! Surely this lesson has not been lost on Obama. He is directly reaping the rewards that came not from his brand of kumbayah-isms when dealing with terrorists, but from the cold-hard reality of the necessity to torture some of our enemies should the need arise. Obviously, when it comes to torture, GW Bush has been vindicated and Obama has been proven dead wrong in his vehement opposition to the use of torture! Yet, here we have Obama taking all the credit for the foundations that were clearly laid down by Bush. Think about this for awhile; if Obama finds torture to be morally reprehensible, then why did he chuck his “morals” out the window and use the information gleaned from torture to kill Osama? It would be like me driving my daughter down to Planned Barrenhood even though I morally and logically oppose abortion. Sheer hypocrisy!
Remember when Obama defined what he believed sin to be? He said that sin was, “being out of alignment with my values.” Seems to me that Obama has just sinned against himself. But, I digressed…
Clearly, this is not a victory for Obama’s “morals” as much as it is a vindication of Bush’s policies.
Speaking of Bush, remember when Bush would say, “dead or alive” whenever talking about getting OBL? Where was that “alive” part in your plan, Mr. Obama? That makes you a murderer, Obama. You know, that label you pin on our American troops who shoot first and ask questions later, thereby ignoring your stupid kumbayah rules of engagement in Afghanistan? Problem is, our American troops are actually in harm’s way when they make the decision to buck your silly rules of engagement and take out the threat. On the other hand, you, Mr. Obama, were not in harm’s way at all, yet you ordered the killing of Osama WITHOUT tempering it by also ordering that Osama be captured alive if possible.
Not that I am upset over the killing of Osama Bin Laden—he got what he deserved—but like I said, failing to issue a tempered “dead or alive” order makes you a cold-blooded murderer, Mr. Obama.
UPDATE: “Islams Not For Me” informed us that Osama Bin Laden was killed while hiding behind a woman who was also killed in the operation. Where are all those kumbayah rules of engagement, Mr. Obama? Why are you tying the hands of our troops in Afghanistan with all this kumbayah crap and, yet, when it comes to your own little military operation, you don’t need to play by the rules that you established? Do you know who else didn’t play by the rules he had established for everyone else to religiously follow? Muhammad, that’s who!