My thoughts on the killing of Osama?
This was a man who had clearly declared and waged war against the Unites States. It’s hard to imagine he’d surrender. It’s hard to imagine his ability to get a fair trial with a jury of his peers. It’s hard to imagine his not making a mockery of the court and using it as a platform to incite more violence.
No one is arguing his innocence. Is this not a man who would be sentenced to death? What would we really have gained with a trial? Would we have proven our case to anyone who doesn’t already believe it? Does that mean we should give up on Civil Rights? Of course not.
How did the government, the military, and most specifically Obama handle it?
The decision to call for a strategic strike was spot on. No drone strikes here.
The decision to provide a proper ceremony with a burial at sea spot on.
By all appearances, the strike team executed the operation with exceptional diligence and professionalism.
Would you have told the Pakistanis?
Yes, we did the right thing. Yes, Obama deserves some (and not all) credit.
No, I don’t think we should hold mass celebrations – dancing in the streets, chanting U.S.A. feels crass and barbaric. So does publishing photos.
Yes, it’s sad that we had to take a life – any life. But sometimes that’s how it is. Life isn’t as ideal as we’d like.
So Fuck you Osama. You asked for it, and we delivered. Rot in hell.
Now let’s get on with working on building good will and celebrating life and not give him the power that he wanted to tear us apart.