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Reactions to death of Osama bin Laden

Architect of Sept. 11 attacks killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces

"While the author of the Sept. 11 attacks is gone, we still have terrorism in the world," Dorothy Garcia Bachler, who was married to Portola Valley resident Andy Garcia when he died on United Airlines flight 93 nearly 10 years ago, said Monday.

Bachler was among many with local ties who responded to the Sunday death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs.

"It is nice to see that the United States showed their supremacy once again, and I am proud to be an American," said Bachler, who called bin Laden's death a "somber victory."

"My heartfelt thanks go out to the brave men who risked their lives to complete the mission given to them.

"I hope that the bravery of all aboard United Flight 93 will never been forgotten."

Bachler and her daughter Kelly Garcia Arrillaga have been involved in nine annual 5K run-walk-bike events in memory of Garcia and his fellow passengers. A Flight 93 Memorial at the crash site in Shanksville, Penn. is set to be dedicated this year on the tenth annual observance of the terrorist attacks.

Calling al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death of "enormous symbolic significance," Stanford University terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw raised the question Monday as to whether al-Quaida's second-tier leaders would be able to replace bin Laden.

Al-Quaida has grown increasingly decentralized over the years, with its many global subsidiaries growing in operational importance, said Crenshaw, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and professor of political science.

However, "if you look at all the failed and foiled plots against the west since Sept. 11 -- particularly against the United States -- a very large number, and potentially the most serious, involved operatives trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan who had links to al-Quaida Central back in Pakistan.

"So (bin Laden) was still a real force," Crenshaw said.

Bin Laden had charisma within the al-Quaida movement that others who might replace him do not, Crenshaw said.

"Bin Laden was regarded as sort of above the fray, and had enormous moral authority within the movement.

"There are still second-tier leaders who are out there -- though a lot have been killed -- but the question is, 'Would they have the skills to take over, or would they now be frightened to take over?'"

Crenshaw called the story of bin Laden's demise "an astonishing story of long, patient tracking, through the courier" and an extraordinarily risky raid.

That he had been living in relative splendor rather than hiding in mountain caves also will be surprising to many people, Crenshaw said.

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Thomas Henriksen, a scholar on U.S. policy toward terrorist havens, said bin Laden's death is "a very significant victory," but not the final victory, in the war on terror.

It causes practical, as well as psychological and moral, problems for al-Qaida because of bin Laden's charismatic stature within the organization, he said.

Other current and former political figures also weighed in Monday on bin Laden's death.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement Monday:

"It was a great relief to hear the news that Osama bin Laden was taken after an almost decade-long hunt. No one could have received this news with greater relief than the families who lost their loved ones in the worst attack in our nation's history.

"As an eight-year veteran of the House Intelligence Committee, bravo to our intelligence community for their superb work and the work and courage of America's military forces. When America decides to do something, we have the capacity and the tenacity to do so. We can finally say, 'mission accomplished.'"

Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009 and now a professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, issued this statement:

"The demise of Osama bin Laden is a tremendous victory for the American people.

"Justice has been done and we are all indebted to the American military and intelligence community for their skill and dedication. Nothing can bring back bin Laden's innocent victims, but perhaps this can help salve the wounds of their loved ones."

"I am overwhelmed with pride in America and in those who protect us. We are all united tonight in gratitude and love for our country."

Harold Schapelhouman, chief at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, participated in recovery efforts at the World Trade Center in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"That he's dead is part of the healing process," he said. "But it really won't change what was done," he added. "This doesn't turn back the clock."

Each year, the fire district has observed the anniversary of the attack by placing 343 American flags in front of fire stations, one for each firefighter killed in the rescue effort.

Samina Sundas, a leader of the local American Muslim Voice Foundation, urged people to continue building a "culture of hope":

"Sept. 11 was one of the worst tragedies of our nation, that tragedy was used to create a culture of despair, division, hate and violence around the world. Let us hope that we can all focus on building a culture of hope, inclusion, love and peace now, since Osama bin Laden is killed."

The foundation, Sundas said, has been committed to build an inclusive, peaceful and beloved nation since its inception of July 2003.

State Sen. Leland Yee, whose district includes Portola Valley and Woodside, said in a statement: "This is an emotional and historic day for our country and the world. I am proud of our men and women in uniform and the action of our President.

"I am hopeful that this achievement helps brings relief and closure to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of al Qaida. As President Barack Obama so eloquently said, the demise of Osama bin Laden should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity."

Gov. Jerry Brown issued this statement Sunday: "Tonight, Americans can be grateful that President Obama brought bin Laden to justice. Our friends as well as our adversaries throughout the world can be assured of America's resolve in combating terrorism and protecting the values of democracy and freedom."

"Anyone who witnessed the events of 9/11 wanted to see a day of justice. This is that day," said Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Posted by An-Ordinary-Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

Interesting .. seems the only people with an opinion are government officials. Wonder what makes Sen. Jerry Hill an expert on 9/11, and its aftermath--more so than the average person who has to wait in TSA lines to board aircraft, after possibly being fondled by a TSA "perv".

And what about talking to some of the survivors of the Twin Towers. Sure, there were firefighters who lost their lives, but what about the 2700+ employees, and visitors, to the Twin Towers, that day? Or to the survivors of Flight 293? Wasn't one of them a Bay Area resident?

And what about the thoughts of people actively in the military? Will they be jubilant, or will they be quietly respectful that another warrior has died, fighting for what he believed in--admitting that the world will be better off without Bin Laden, but still, respectful of a man who was willing to fight for what he believed in?

Somehow, it's not all that comforting to know what our "elected officials" have to say about this .. when there are 330M Americans who have had to live under the threats of more 9/11s. Why shouldn't the media be interested in what some of them have to say?


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Posted by al norte sm
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

"Why shouldn't the media be interested in what some of them have to say?"

Check out the 24 hr cable, they ran out of news on this after an hour. They've interviewed all the above all night long.

If you're looking for info from the "average Joe" on this issue, instantly, perhaps the local PA paper isn't the best source until a few days later.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

"Will they be jubilant, or will they be quietly respectful that another warrior has died, fighting for what he believed in--admitting that the world will be better off without Bin Laden, but still, respectful of a man who was willing to fight for what he believed in?"

You actually believe that Bin Laden was " a warrior" who was "was willing to fight for what he believed in"? Are you serious?
You are saying that a man that murders innocent men, women and children in a cold blooded terror attack is to be "respected" by our military. Get real.


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Posted by An-Ordinary-Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

Reuters is carrying this story--

Hamas condemns killing of "holy warrior" bin Laden:
Web Link

> Are you serious?

Have you not been following the Bin Laden story, since his emergence as a Mujahideen in Afghanistan?

Here's a Wiki page if you haven't:

Web Link

Of course Bin Laden believed in what he was fighting for. Who would go to the extremes that he did if he didn't. (And no, this is not an endorsement of him, or his beliefs--just pointing out that there are always two sides of every story.)



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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

"Hamas condemns killing of "holy warrior" bin Laden:"
Anyone surprised by this?
Hamas is a known terrorist organization who like bin LAden, has no qualms about murdering innocent men, women and children. Remember they were dancing in the streets and handing out candy after 9/11 in Palestine.
For those who are apologists for Hamas and who constantly bash Israel and claim they are abusing the Palestinians, let this be a wake up call to what the goals and beliefs of Hamas are


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Posted by An-Ordinary-Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

> For those who are apologists for Hamas and who constantly bash Israel
> and claim they are abusing the Palestinians, let this be a wake
> up call to what the goals and beliefs of Hamas are

9/11 was not about Israel, nor has the US response to 9/11 been about Israel. Islam has been hostile to all non-Muslims since the very beginning of this appearance.

Back in 2007, Osama invited the American people to convert to Islam:
Web Link

Bin Laden addresses the American people directly, saying: "I invite you to embrace Islam" in order to achieve their "desire to stop the war" in Iraq and show "warmongering" major corporations that you have lost confidence in your democratic system".
--

While Osama did not seem to threaten consequences if the US failed to need his invitation/warning, no rational American could not see the threats that were clearly implied.

Islam's attack on everything non-Muslim is not about Israel, it's about all of us.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

Svatoid, is that you? I am going to risk tarring you with the same tar I am covered by all the time, but I agree with you fully on this thread.

Ok....are there snowballs in you-know-where?


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

Perspective--there are some areas where we can agree on.
Hmm, but what if Bin LAden,a minute before he died,accepted Jesus Christ as his lord and savior. That would mean he would be in heaven.


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Posted by al norte sm
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

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God bless our Fallen Soldiers and the victims of 9-11


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

svatoid: oh, ok...yes that really is you, as revealed in your next post...which also reveals even more about you in general.

AlNorteSM: I hope you are joking on your quote. If not, it would be an extremely childish, narcissistic, ego-driven and needlessly classless comment by our President.

Even I, who has very low expectations for this POTUS after listening to him for 3 years, would be very surprised.

HUTCH: I have to disagree with you. As much as I despise(d) OBL, as much as I despised Saddam, etc, I never want to sink to the same level of torture and humiliation that they visited on poor hapless souls.

I do reject the notion that somehow it was better to dump him at sea...at least have full movie coverage with several highly credible and opposing "parties" folks there to witness it fully before hand.


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Posted by An-Ordinary-Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

> a minute before he died,accepted Jesus Christ as his lord and
> savior. That would mean he would be in heaven.

Unbelievable ..

By the way, here's the San Diego Union-Tribune's take on local reaction:

Web Link

> putting his head on a pike.

And this from someone claiming to be more civilized than Bin Laden?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

This man was a terrorist of the highest degree. But I am sorry that he was not captured and imprisoned. Death is what he terrorised others with, and death is possibly too good for him. We don't even know if the bullet to his head was of his own doing once he knew that he had no chance of escape.

As it is, we are now in danger of any of his followers being crazy enough to seek revenge. I can't believe that such a well oiled machine did not have a second in command ready to step in from another fortress waiting in case this very event occurred. All that has been done is turn him into a martyr for his cause.

Hate to say it folks, but I think the world is no safer today than it was a week ago. In fact, I think we are a lot less safe.


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Posted by An American
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

When he was shot, Osama bin Laden was using a woman as a human shield. What "warrior" does that?

Presumably, the woman was one of his wives. If so, was she his wife willingly, or was the arrangement forced on her? Think about it.


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Posted by al norte sm
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

Perspective:

"AlNorteSM: I hope you are joking on your quote. If not, it would be an extremely childish, narcissistic, ego-driven and needlessly classless comment by our President. Even I, who has very low expectations for this POTUS after listening to him for 3 years, would be very surprised."

You didn't listen to your President on Saturday night? The Donald sat in the audience the whole time and sat there listening to his President.

But the headline is Meyers lin about bin Ladin, everyone roars, but the President is grinning ear to ear, the only one in the room who's thinking: "go ahead, laugh, I ordered the hit last week and we got him last night..."

Web Link bin Ladin line at about 2:00 of the Meyers video at this link.

"When Seth was knocking CSPAN, the network that broadcasts the annual dinner hosted by the president and first lady, he also slipped in a bizarrely topical joke about terrorist Osama bin Laden, whose death by U.S. forces was confirmed by the president last night.

The President’s face was priceless after Seth’s unknowingly apropos joke, and his smile stretched ear to ear."

You should watch your President speak more often, rather than the Fox interpretation.


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Posted by Proud of Navy Seals
a resident of Southgate
on May 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

He was hiding in a million dollar mansion in Pakistan, a country where the USA has spent a lot of $$, and to whom we have given a lot of support. Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do.

After 9/11, a middle aged woman who is a friend of our family attended eight funerals of children of her friends that worked in the Twin Towers.

Three funerals were for dead daughters. One of those dead daughters was a young, pregnant newlywed.


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on May 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

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Posted by Don
a resident of Downtown North
on May 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Sure are some weird, off-the-wall comments by people who don't know the full story yet. Hard to see what point(s) many are making. Ah, well. Who said blogs had to be rational?


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Posted by grateful
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready
to do violence on their behalf."



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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

There is a lot to say here, and one cannot say it all at the same time or exactly right.

Bin Laden created his own path, and plunged the world into more misery. Who knows what happened here. Is his supposed hiding behind a women an embellishment or a revealed psychopathic character trait?

But why do we always get all this garbage when something like this happens? Why the body disposed of at sea? Who knows when he died. It sure is good timing for Obama? Let's see the pictures or the video. Already some are trying to float the improbable notion that interrogations from Guantanamo had something to do with this - even though the last detainee at Gitmo was sent there years ago.

None of the thousands of people who die violently or live under threats in this world should have to. You may or may not subscribe or believe what Noam Chomsky says, he is just another point of view to me, but he says the numbers from America's military action swamp 911 and make the US the number one terrorist nation on the planet.

I have terrorism and 911 overdoes and fatigue. I have disinformation and propaganda fatigue. I am sick of being told the Disneyland version of history and I don't like it even when criminals and terrorists stories do not come out, like Saddam Hussein whose "execution" was a sad barbaric joke and who never got a trial (not for his benefit, but for him to tell the world what his story was - if he had one), and I don't like bin Laden being dumped at sea.

For our righteousness global military actions I'm sure the war on terror will continue, and who knows, maybe if we did not do it someone else would have to, but it is apparent and very sad that whatever good or bad happens on big news days, none of us will live long enough to see a world where everyone can live in peace without fear or having to one side or the other as opposed to just taking the human and planet Earth side.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

What a weekend! Saturday night the President and Seth Meyers killed The Donald. Sunday night the President and a Navy Seal Team kill Bin Laden.

What will Monday bring?


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the laugh, Haulkamania!! Very wise words...and I anticipate the unanticapatable along w/you.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I wish we had a more coherent foreign policy and I wish there was more accountability for all our $$$ handed out over there. Pakistan, anyone?! It is always confusing. I am not sure we come out ahead all that often,either.


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Posted by Svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hey. I am just telling you what the born again tell everyone. All you have to do is accept jesus. Does not matter when. So bin laden could be in heaven now.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

With 7 billion people now and 10 billion by 2035 (UN projection, also presumably ABAG projection) all wanting to live Palo Alto lifestyle, I'm not optimistic about world peace.


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Posted by wow
a resident of Barron Park
on May 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

If OBL accepted Jesus in the final minutes of his life but really didn't believe, would he be in heaven?

What if he truly did believe but when he got there, found out there is no heaven? What then?

Would he be in a worser place than if he didn't accept Jesus in the final minutes of his life?

Does acceptance of Jesus in your life in your final living moments absolve you of all terrorist acts during your lifetime? If so, what exactly is the motivation to lead the good life while living if you only need those last few moments to make it all right?\

Alternatively, if you've accepted Christ your whole life and lived the life of a role-model but now relish in the public celebration of the killing of a terrorist, must you suspend your acceptance of Jesus while you act ungodly during this time?

Or will a temporary lapse with rejoicement in this man's death undeliver you from heaven for this single act? Is there an equivalent 3 strikes rule for moral law?

As a non-believer, I'm interested in how the above questions would be answered by a believer.

I'm glad OBL is gone, but I'm not altogether comfortable in the national rejoicing and celebration of the killing. I'm more relieved that there is at least one less evil in the world but I don't view this event as akin to an American winning an Olympic event and having the crowd cheer "U-S-A, U-S-A"

The rejoicing in his death reminds me of his people dancing in the streets and celebrating after 9-11. I don't like this picture of our collective conscious ...






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Posted by Mr. Ironic
a resident of Midtown
on May 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I want to see some proof. Not that I don't believe or trust the US government lol but I would like to see some proof Laden is dead.


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Posted by OK
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I thought the timing was outstanding. Wait until the world is preoccupied with a Royal Wedding and that includes many in Pakistan, and strike immediately it's over. They were certainly not going to do the operation before or even during the Royal Wedding, London has far too many radical Muslims. I also wonder if the arrest of a CIA agent in Pakistan for shooting two people delayed the operation?

I was also impressed that within the 15 minutes or so the Navy Seals were in Osama's house they were able to retrieve all the hard drives from the computers in the house - those guys know what they're doing. Then, what will those hard drives tell us about Al Quiada's operations?

Anyway, the whole exercise was a huge success with excellent timing.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Note on timing: New Moon (plus or minus a day) is big advantage for special ops night raid.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

"If OBL accepted Jesus in the final minutes of his life but really didn't believe, would he be in heaven?"

I seriously doubt accepting Jesus was high on bin Laden's bucket list when he'd just been shot in the eye by a high speed round designed to inflict maximum damage.


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Posted by Donald
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

The distinction between justice and revenge seems to have been lost. Assassination is not justice. Justice would have been served if he had been captured, tried and convicted the way our judiciary system requires. Of course he was not going to allow that to happen and in the firefight he had to be killed, but that does not mean that justice was served. It means that he avoided having justice served on him.


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Posted by JD
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Donald you seem to be lost. Bin Laden's unnatural death is a Just result.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on May 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

As UK ex PM , Tony Blair, and many others, have pointed out-

America and the UK are not at war with Muslims

–we are only at war with terrorists who kill American and British civilians.

AQ was OBL–OBL is dead AQ is dead, Gen Petraeus said last week that there are now less than 200 AQ left in Afghanistan

Time to declare victory, get out of MENA and focus upon solving our US national debt, dealing with the failed state of Mexico on our border and dealing with the economic and future military threats from China.

MENA is euro-NATO, the Arab Leagues and the UNs problem.

Apart from KSA, which is buying $ 60 Billion + of American products, the rest of the ME is irrelevant to fundamental American interests

No more handouts to the Mid East

The SEAL/DIA/CIA did a great job--well done

And they will hunt down all traitors and people who threaten American interests whatever their religious, ethic, dual citizenship or non religious affiliation.

Americas major threat is our debt--fix that and the Mexico

Fortunately both Democrats and Republicans are now focusing upon fundamental American interests

The ME is not core to our American fundamental interests


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on May 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm

"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." re-quoted from previous post.

Addendum....and, again in this case as throughout history, the rough men and women had GS ratings.

Mercenaries are the Peter Principle ala John Galt.

Meanwhile this successful raid has really blown the exposure lid off the whole Pakistani ISI/military/political fungal-like undergrowth....it has me imagining President Obama doing a "for posterity" joke video acting like Ricki Ricardo..."Pakistan you got a lot of explaining to do!"....."I Love Lucy" intro music comes on. And what's with the name of that Pakistani town. "Att a Lot of Booty" or something? Conjurs up images of Jennifer Lopez doing a hot video with a young baseball player.


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on May 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Bat a Lot of Booty. For the video I imagine.

he has a bat, she has a booty. You get the picture. Compliments of Ben Franklin, the great cougar defender.


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Posted by hatecp
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

What OBL mainly didn't like was autocratic rulers. Who else doesn't like autocratic rulers? People the US is helping right now, perchance? OBL did also go after supporters of autocratic rulers and that's why he's wherever he is off the USS Carl Vinson right now. But the inconvenient truth is that he did not like autocrats and that the US helps some autocrats some of the time and some opposers of autocrats some of the time--whatever works.


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Posted by metabo
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on May 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

he's dead, and you are still broke.


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on May 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I am reminded of a passage from Grant's memoirs. For years General Grant had been trying to get the Alabama port city of Mobile to be captured. Towards the end of the war some Union commander did rush into a battle and take it. Grant's comment was something like "for a long time this would have been a crucial victory. But coming at this late date it matters not." That is not a real quote, but from my memory of reading Grant's memoirs.

It's kind of the same with Osama bin Laden. If this in-the-field execution had happened within the first few years after 9/11 it might have had more strategic/tactical/political import.

Al Queda is really comprised of three "layers" (for lack of a better word). At the core is Al Queda proper. The guys "hiding out" in Pakistan and with operatives in Europe and other countries. Further out we have the "franchises". Yemen, parts of Libya (major Al Queda recruitment area), Philippines, Indonesia, etc. Then there are the "off the shelf" joiners and lone guns. Semi-permeable membranes between them all.

If this had happened a year after 9/11 it would be akin to ripping up a new weed by the roots. Now it may be more akin to clearing out old dead wood...making room for more vibrant stalks to emerge.


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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

"It was set to happen in 2001. An elite force was set to follow up intel that bin Laden was hiding in a Tora Bora cave. But "somebody in Washington" called the operation off. I wonder who. (Hint: t'warn't Bill Clinton)


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on May 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Check this out..

Why couldn't we have played it the prey a bit before finishing it off?

I'm talking Drone Soccer Balls. Outfit with propulsion (so even a wimpy kick and it would take over and scale the wall), retractable sections (soccer ball made for that) for solar re-charging, AV input and output, holographic projection. Each one would have it's "Master", some geeky pimple-faced uber gamer. And they would have trained as a team. By day the balls would lay low...but at night holographic projections from Allah himself, those 70 virgins (young Barbara Eden there as the Genie). One would silently roll into a meeting room and let loose a "silent but deadly" fart. Then record discord as blame is cast ("you always do this after eating that kabob!").

Then after the Obama was killed, the compound in shambles, the balls could roll through the streets and sing, dance, etc.


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on May 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oops forgot link

Web Link


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Posted by food for thought
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

I don't buy the propaganda our government has been selling over the last couple of days. A former intelligence operative was interviewed on Infowars.com recently and said this is a SCAM. Bin Laden has really been dead since around 2002 and he explains the information he has seen to back up his case. Now, if you don't think your government would lie to you, you are still living in the MATRIX.

Story: The Bin Laden Hoax: The Rest of the Story

Web Link


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Posted by food for thought
a resident of another community
on May 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Hey have you seen this article about Bin Laden’s death many years ago?

The following was posted originally on the Federal Observer late in 2001, complied from reports issued by UPI, but we’ve been haunted by the Boogie Man ever since 9/11.

Web Link

U.S. Ignores bin Laden Death Reports, Continues Search

WASHINGTON – Osama bin Laden continues to be the target of an upcoming search by U.S. Marines in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan though a Pakistani newspaper reported Tuesday that the suspected terrorist mastermind is dead. CNN quoted officials as saying Marines would move into the Tora Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan to search for bin Laden. The U.S. bombing of the area had subsided, they said. Special Forces troops familiar with the area were to accompany the Marines, CNN said. The comments came as the Pakistan Observer newspaper reported that bin Laden died of a serious lung disease in the Tora Bora Mountains earlier this month.
The report quoted an unnamed Taliban official who said he attended bin Laden’s “low-key funeral.” The source said bin Laden, who suffered from serious lung ailments, died for lack of proper medical care.

“The United States will never be able to fulfill its cherished goal of getting Osama dead or alive,” the Taliban official said. “Bin Laden died a peaceful, natural death in mid-December and was not killed by U.S. bullets or their bombs.”

He said bin Laden was laid to rest with military honors with about 30 close al Qaida associates and Taliban friends attending the funeral. “They included his most trusted bodyguards, family members and some Afghan friends,” he said.

As his body was lowered into the grave, his bodyguards fired a volley of bullets into the air as a mark of respect, the official said. “Bin Laden was satisfied that he was not dying in vain,” he said. “He felt that he had succeeded in making Muslims aware of the hegenomistic designs and conspiracies of pagans against Islam.”

Asked whether he could point out bin Laden’s grave, the Taliban official said: “I am sure that like other places in Tora Bora that particular place too must have been bombed” beyond recognition by U.S. warplanes. U.S. officials in Islamabad, Pakistan, said they would try to verify the report but it will not affect the U.S.-led search operation for the World’s most wanted man.

The report follows similar statements made by Pakistani and U.S. officials who said bin Laden may have been killed in the U.S.-led airstrikes against Afghanistan.

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I couldn’t post the whole article, but you can go to the federal observer website to see it, if you are interested.


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Posted by Loyal Imperialiat
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Dorothy Bachler says: "IT's nice to see that the USA showed their supremacy once again by killing OBL" and almost killing a woman who was with him. It is exactly this kind of arrogant thinking and behavior that caused the 9/11 attacks in the first place. as long as this kind of arrogant thinking and behavior exists, the terrorist actions will also exist. Do you understand that the rest of the world does not want US supremacy? did the early colonists in the USA want british supremacy? Think about it!


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