Osama, Obama, and the Gratitude of a Nation

I just got home from vacation and wanted to add my thanks to those responsible for bring Osama bin Laden to justice.

First, I want to thank all of those who took part in the actual operation for a job well done. Hopefully, we will never know who you are, both for your own security and the safety of your families, as well as for reasons of national security. Let’s hope and pray that the armchair quarterbacks in Washington, who seem to make up the bulk of the current administration, will calm down from their vicarious euphoria, and stop leaking vital information gathered in the raid. Loose lips sink ships or, in this case, make it possible for other leading terrorist targets to slip through our fingers before our troops get the chance to help them discover first hand whether or not there really are 72 virgins waiting for them in paradise.

Second, I want to thank all of those who were involved in the planning of the mission. Not much has been said about these people, but the results are proof that this raid was well thought out. Meticulous planning and preparation went into this before the helicopters ever took off.

Third, I want to thank those who gathered and developed the intelligence that made the mission possible. You have at times been maligned and threatened with criminal prosecution. But you played a vital role in protecting the people of America whom you have sworn to protect.

Fourth, I want to thank President George W. Bush for putting in motion the war on terror that resulting in finding and terminating Osama bin Laden. Without your unflagging commitment to tracking down the criminals behind the cowardly terrorist attacks on America, this mission would never have been possible.

Last, but not least (well yes, actually least, but in this august group that is no dishonor), I want to thank Barack Hussein Obama for giving the green light to the mission. Most Americans would think that giving the green light to take out Osama bin Laden would be a no brainer, but apparently we would be wrong. President Obama agonized for 16 hours before making what he would have us believe was a “gutsy call”.

President Obama, America is grateful to you and many others for bringing Osama bin Laden to Justice. But praise is meant to be sung a capella. It would be a lot easier for us to sing your praises if you would stop tooting your own horn. The two together tend to clash.

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