Skip to comments.Obama, Osama, and What’s Next In Pakistan (What's in a name?)
Posted on 05/04/2011 5:49:54 AM PDT by IbJensen
In the wake of Osama bin Ladens death, I am reminded of that great Navy SEAL commercial where theres no words or music just footprints on a beach being washed away by the waves. It recalls George Orwells observation that we sleep peaceably in our beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf. U.S. Special Forces are the best in the business, and the bin Laden operation shows the persistent lethality and reach of the U.S. military.
As for President Obama good for him. This is the first time hes coming across like a true commander-in-chief. Its his best moment. Some conservatives will no doubt temper their joy over bin Ladens death with the thought that this will help President Obama in 2012. My advice: now is not the time for such thoughts. Rejoice. The election in 2012 will be about the $14 trillion debt and the price of skim milk. But this will certainly be a feather in Obamas cap. The operation happened on his watch and so he will reap the requisite historical rewards. The full truth will emerge over time. For instance, the intelligence that led to bin Laden came from interrogating terrorists at those maligned secret CIA prisons and detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
So for now, enjoy the irony. Obama got Osama! If you told that to an American in the weeks after 9/11, theyd probably ask Whos Obama? Oh, hes a guy in Chicago. What a country.
Our serious attention should turn now to the broad strategic implications emanating from this raid. American policymakers will be forced to rethink the charade that is the U.S.-Pakistan alliance. President Obama stated that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. But is this true? If it is, how is it true? Why didnt we forewarn the Pakistanis about this raid before it happened? Were we worried they would tip bin Laden off, leaving him enough time to escape?
Think about it. Osama bin Laden was the most wanted man in the world since the mid-1990s. There was a very large bounty on his head. He was particularly tall and recognizable. And he was found in a $1 million mansion 35 miles from Pakistans capital, in the same town as Pakistans West Point-like military academy. There is no way the Pakistanis were unaware of Osama bin Ladens location.
As Steve Coll writes: It stretches credulity to think that a mansion of that scale could have been built and occupied by bin Laden for six years without its coming to the attention of anyone in the Pakistani Army.
President Asif Ali Zardari has a lot of explaining to do. A Pakistani intelligence official told CNN that Pakistan passed along raw phone-tap data to the United States that eventually led to Osama bin Ladens killing, but they failed to analyze or interpret the information themselves. That sounds fishy and contrived.
Its hard to imagine Osama bin Laden surviving in a cave for a decade. Who did we think he was, Cody Lundin? No. It makes perfect sense that he was being protected. There was bin Ladens videotaped message to the United States on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, which clearly looked like it was recorded in a studio. Pakistans intelligence agency, the ISI, has been known as a state within a state for some time. It supports Mullah Omars Taliban, the deadly Haqqani network, and is said to have orchestrated the barbaric Mumbai attacks in 2008.
So where should we go from here? Well, we should force the Pakistanis to justify their statements. We should ask them to explain why they deserve an occasional $7 billion in U.S. aid to fight terrorism. We should forewarn them that we will continue to conduct operations like this inside their territory against Ayman al-Zawahiri, against Mullah Omar whenever we damn well please. We should warm to the Indians, our true allies. We should establish a counterintelligence sub-department specifically focused on Pakistans ISI.
Like the Second Gulf War, the Afghan-American War, which will enter its tenth year in October, was always a proxy conflict in a regional war. President Obama likes to call it the Af-Pak theater. In truth, the conflict should be called the Pashtun Insurrection. This is what the war is about: killing bin Laden, killing Zawahiri, killing Omar, destroying al-Qaeda, and bombarding the Taliban from the air day and night.
Unfortunately, in many respects, the war has become social work. We should be encouraging free political and economic systems in Afghanistan, but that should not be the main objective. Were currently placing strategic importance on local operations while avoiding the real strategic implications of South Asian geopolitics as a whole. In the aftermath of Osama bin Ladens death, we ought to take the time to consider how and when we will invariably reverse this trend for the long term.
Afghanistan is about Pakistan and India. Lets acknowledge that. And let us learn, and then never forget, where Pakistan stood in the fight against Osama bin Laden. As Obamas predecessor once said Youre either with us or against us.
Bozo hid behind Jarretts skirt! He was briefed only after the fact.
We invaded the wrong Countries. We should have blitzed Pakistan not Afghanistan, as well as Saudi Arabia.That is blindingly obvious even if you only have half a brain so even moonbats should be able to see itSecond American Democrats and moonbats owe GW and his Govt a profound groveling apology. If Obambi and his Socialist crew had been allowed to do as they wanted i.e. close Gitmo,and stop all the anti scum measures Bush and Cheney put into place then there would have been no CIA to track him, no Gitmo evidence as a clue and no Navy Seals to kill him ,they would all be facing Courts Martial for just looking wrongly at Terrorist Scum. History will be the judge and it will praise Bush and eviscerate Obama.
Reminds me of the old song about Pancho Villa: All the federales say, we could have had him any day.
Anyway, the grunts on the ground never get the recognition; only generals get statues erected in the parks. However, those of us who were grunts understand the true story and do honor those who fought, bled and died throughout our history. Obama and his entourage sat in the war room, probably had coffee and donuts catered in (at taxpayer expense) while our true heroes were doing the dirty work.
Eight years ago the American government told us that Osama was a very ill man requiring kidney dialysis. Apparently he has survived in spite of this disabilty. Now the same American government tells us that he was killed in a brilliant military operation directed by the god president Obama. Who really believes anything that is broadcast by the American government and its toadies.
....and CIA operatives, which Dumbo’s Holder is prosecuting.
I suppose now we’ll have to change the spelling of that country to
PAW KEE STAWN
Well, the only difference between Obama and Osama is the B,S.
Just wait until the muzzie’s rename the Arabian Sea, to “Sea of Bin Laden”.
But he IS Osama obama!!!!
(See my 2004 FR post, quoted as an example of “crazy” by these liberal whack-jobs. Not!):
And note how difficult it is for even the globalist media to distinguish between “Osama” and “obama”: