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Monday, May 2, 2011

On OBL's Death

It's been less than 24 hours since the world found out that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces. There is certainly a lot more information yet to come in the days ahead, but I would just like to repost a few things for the sake of highlighting them.

This is certainly an historic event. I'm not sure if it's one of those "remember where you were" events for me personally, but it absolutely is an historic and future-shifting event nonetheless. Humorously, I found out by none other than Twitter, the internet medium I used to scoff at and dismiss as a fad. Who would've thought it would be how I would come to find out that OBL had been killed? (On a side note, it also appears that Twitter was the very first place the event was reported - the tweeter just didn't know that his tweet was so important.)

I watched President Obama's address to the nation via live-stream on WhiteHouse.gov, then watched commentary from both CNN and NBC via online live streams as well (again, welcome to the digital age). I applaud whoever wrote Obama's speech - the man deserves a medal. It was everything the nation needed it to be, in my opinion. My favorite part, though - and perhaps the most important - was when Obama said "No Americans were harmed." Amen. Here is the speech in its entirety:

Earlier this afternoon, I watched my boss's response to it all. I found it also well articulated but also imagine that it must have been a very difficult speech to write. How do you give a speech as Secretary of State to explain we assassinated someone in another foreign, sovereign country, seemingly without their knowledge or permission? But, of course, she did it very well. I'd guess that many of you haven't seen this video, so I post it here below, too, for your viewing pleasure:

And lastly, I found this account of the operation involving two dozen Navy Seals from the black-ops Seal Team Six. Really quite impressive stuff. I doubt we'll ever learn the names of the men who served on that team. They certainly deserve a lot of praise and recognition for a job well done. Come to think of it, it must be hard for them to know they were the ones responsible for a world-changing event, and they can't tell anyone about it. Check out the detailed description of the op and the intel leading up to it here.

USA.

Until next time...peace.

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