On 9/11 our commander-in-chief raised some righty hackles by proclaiming that he would "apprehend" those who attacked us. Interesting, since we've been apprehending a lot of them lately via warhead. But speech words are always chosen carefully and with Holder recently kicking off a criminal investigation of those who were only waterboarding terrorists rather than vaporizing them, it was probably necessary.
Things got more interesting over the weekend. It was announced that detainees at Bagram prison in Afghanistan would get more rights, which the administration had opposed just as had their monstrous predecessors. Then Osama (notice the spelling) released a new missive towards Washington (where the 70,000 to 1.5 million domestic enemies were marching):
"reasonable people knew that Obama is a powerless man who will not be able to end the war as he promised," bin Laden said.OK, aside from the fact that Axelrod and Gibbs are probably right now focus-grouping a crafty way to call bin Laden a racist teabagger without actually doing it the president seemed to have a quiet response today. Mr. Hellfire, meet Mr. Saleh.
"If you end the war, so to it," bin Laden said. "But if it is otherwise, all we will do is continue the war of attrition against you on all possible axes."
Boom. So long, sucker. Hopefully they didn't miss--his body was nabbed for evidence. Yes, snark could easily be used here as well to point out the lack of habeas rights, no enhanced interrogation, and no ACLU court-appointed lawyers. But the overriding point is our military did a good thing. This guy was in the business of killing westerners and was implicated in the SAM attack on an El-Al airliner taking off from Mombassa Kenya in 2002. Sort of ironic, eh.
Additionally, there was a pre-emptive terror bust in New York today on a group suspected of having sympathies towards the bearded one. No word on whether they were just a bunch of rag tags or whether Kos has proclaimed the feces yet. We await the updates, or for someone to dig through the wayback machine.