So after 10 years and billions of dollars spent, two wars fought, Osama Bin Laden has finally been caught. And of course, the current president wants to take all the credit. Too bad he couldn’t have waited till next year, because it won’t help him much by then. People will be back to being angry with him over $6 a gallon gas prices and runaway inflation. But for now he will enjoy a bump in his sagging poll numbers which were in the low 40s. He might be able to ride that for a couple of months. We’ll see.
Watching the Obama supporters, dwindling as they may be, gloating about this would be amusing if it weren’t so sad. They’re giving credit to the politician who has helped screw up their lives over the last two years. They were all mad at him and getting more and more dissatisfied. Now, many will forget their annoyance for a month or two until gas and food prices snap them back into reality. We know Obama is a killer, just look at the economy. But seriously, it’s the military who deserves the credit. They did the work. Obama may have given a green light, but which president wouldn’t when facing an election in a year with poll numbers in the low 40s? He finally has something positive to say after two and a half years that isn’t a lie.
The bottom line is whenever someone becomes as notorious as Osama Bin Laden, they are a marked man. It’s only because he had fanatics protecting him that he lasted this long. Every gangster, terrorist, villain comes to an end sooner or later. The only exception are rulers who have powerful allies, like Kim Jong Il. But Osama was basically a prisoner of his own fame for the last decade. He may have been caught in some mansion in Pakistan, but he did not have the freedom he once enjoyed as the son of a wealthy Saudi family. That was his choice.
It’ll be amusing to watch the press making it out to be Obama’s big triumph. Already the yahoos on the social sites are saying it makes it impossible for anyone to beat him next year. Yeah, right.
* BIH (Burn in Hell)
UPDATE: From Time Magazine, no less: Why Bin Laden’s Death No Longer Really Matters. I have to say, after all this time it does feel pretty eh. Like I’m glad it happened, but I would have preferred they captured him alive or did this 8 years ago. 10 years and billions of dollars later, it all feels anti-climatic. And it’s not like they are going to let us carry our shampoo bottles again on our carry on luggage.