Update below the fold.

I had another post all ready to go this morning of Lara Logan’s interview on “60 Minutes,” but that can keep until tomorrow. Today, the big news, as President Obama announced late last night, Osama bin Laden has been killed.

The reports have been a bit conflicting on just how he died, however. Initially, reports stated he had been killed by a drone attack last week, and that they had kept his body to determine through DNA analysis that it was indeed him.

Obama’s statement to the nation, though, claimed that he had (reaffirmed) the order to the CIA to get bin Laden (Bush initially gave the order), and that bin Laden was killed yesterday. Now we are told it was a Navy Seal who took him down, on a mission aided by CIA intel, as well as information gleamed from Khalid Sheik Muhammad at Gitmo. Apparently, the Pakistanis aided the US in this mission as well.

Following are excerpts of Obama’s remarks on this historic event (and I am glad he was finally able to use the word, “terrorist,” since it was one he and his Administration have worked hard not to use. Ahem.):

“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

“It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

“And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

“On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to (emphasis mine – you knew it was coming, right?), or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

“We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

“Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

“Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

“And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

“Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

I admit, while watching this, I was waiting for Obama to say, “I just returned from Pakistan where I, personally, took out Osama bin Laden, with the help of our military. And you thought George Bush was a cowboy. He doesn’t have anything on me.” Sorry, but there were just a few too many “I”‘s in there for someone who has downplayed the whole issue of terrorism.

Yes, he gave the command to proceed, which is good. Yet many are acting as if this is showing great leadership on his part, while to me, it seems like a no-brainer. I mean, really – have our expectations of him sunk so low that the opportunity to take out this mastermind of terror is seen as a sign of “leadership”? Wow.

Back to the comments:

“For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

“Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must — and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.

“As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Hillary Clinton just made the point that bin Laden killed many Muslims, too, just as Obama did, and that bin Laden had made threats against Pakistanis themselves. One can make of that what one will…

More from Obama:

[snip] “Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

“The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

“So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.

“Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

“We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

“Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.[snip]

There is a bit more to this speech, and you can click here to read it.

Can I just say, though, listening and watching Obama last night really puts a lie to the meme that he is such a great speaker. He isn’t. His speech was stilted and halting, with a number of mistakes as he read the teleprompter. It was blatantly clear that he was – you could watch his eyes move.

I am confused as to why they chose to bury bin Laden at sea, and so quickly. I would have thought they would want to perform an autopsy, recover the bullet that killed him, see if he really was ill, all of that. So that choice is interesting to me. Why the rush to dispose of him? Oh, wait – here is why – it is in keeping with Islamic tradition.

Huh? Okay, so Obama makes it crystal clear that bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. However, we do know he was the leader of Al Qaeda, a Muslim organization, but alright. Interesting distinction Obama (and Clinton) are making here. Still,we finally get this mass murderer, we have his body, and we forgo obtaining some answers to uphold his religious tradition? Wow. What do you think about that? Is it an attempt to stave off more attacks?

If so, that is a bit misguided. We KNOW there will be reprisals from Al Qaeda as a result,as Leon Panetta has acknowledged we can expect. Honestly, these people are bound and determined to get us anyway, so taking out this one man who has caused so much damage to our great nation is a reason to be thankful, even if one abhors violence, or killing for any reason.

Bringing justice to this man who has done so much damage to our nation as a result of the tireless efforts of our intelligence community and our highly trained military, is a good day. Thanks to all of those who have worked to this end, though it is not an end to the war on terrorism. Bin Laden may be gone, but there are others out there wishing us harm. Our military and intelligence officers continue to have their work cut out for them, regardless of Obama taking the credit for this, it belongs, IMHO, to those who were on the ground. Well done.

There is a video I want to share with you. It is an impromptu celebration at Ground Zero after learning of bin Laden’s demise. This pretty much says it all, though there are many good videos out there of interviews with family members of those lost on 9/11, and first responders. I urge you to take a look and listen when you have time. Until then, I leave you with this:

UPDATE: A few of you have been kind enough to provide links regarding why Osama bin Laden was buried at sea. Here are the pertinent facts:

[snip] The official described the procedure to NBC News as follows:

* The deceased’s body was washed and then placed in a white sheet.
* The body was placed in a weighted bag.
* A military officer read prepared religious remarks that were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.
* After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body eased into the sea from the USS Carl Vinson.

The rites sparked a debate about Islamic customs, with some Muslim clerics calling the procedure humiliating and others saying it was proper.

A U.S. official said that the burial decision was made after concluding that it would have been difficult to find a country willing to accept the remains. There also was speculation about worry that a grave site could have become a rallying point for militants.

President Barack Obama said the remains had been handled in accordance with Islamic custom, which requires speedy burial. [snip]

Okay, so there weren’t a lot of countries willing to accept his body. There is cremation, after all.

And how do you feel that so much care was taken to prepare his body according to Islamic tradition? Wow…

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  • timmy

    Why do we have to care about the burial of OBL according to Islamic customs?  Who gives a fuck..

    A murder terrorist….  has no respect…. I think Obama is full of shit!

  • lesley

    Yes it’s certainly convenient they found this man, declared dead so many times I thought he was, and killed him and buried him at sea according to “Moslem” custom. I think burying in the sand is Muslim custom, but that could have lead to people wanting to dig him up for proof. can’t have that.
    This is a freaking joke people. Pres. B.O. needs to deflect attention from his non-existent birth certificate and the deliberate fraudulent one. This is yet another monumentally stupied White House PR effort. These people are so stupid they don’t do the simplest research–and to think they have the Constitutional scholar Obama to guide them!
    Idiots “celebrate” and Pres. B.O. thinks his points will go up though he had nothing to do with this. The stench of lies coming out of this administration are beginning to stink like a rotting corpse. Except it’s here in D.C., and not at the bottom of the ocean.

  • Mr. Natural

    POCK-ee-stan, where Men are Men, and the sheep are Nervous.

  • Kenoshamarge

    No flag button for me either Ferd, so I will just have to say to the bobbleheadski: Yawn and Flag. No swat available at this time.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Oops – I mis-typed – I MEANT to say Anwar Al Awlaki is the most dangerous terrorist, and was labeled so last year, I believe it was…

  • Docelder

    …Unless three days from the time Osama was buried at sea he shows up saying he was puked out resurrected by a whale as the next Osama messiah.  😎

  • TeakWoodKite

    Perhaps the bildge is cold enough?

  • Justine

    The burial at sea is not the issue for me; the question is, why did it have to be done before the body is even confirmed to be Osama’s?  (Do anything you want with the body, after investigation/autopsy.  I understand the argument about 24 hours for muslims.)
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  • Justine

    I know it sounds nuts, but if Osama’s sons were there, if the DNA of the guy they say is Osama doesn’t match, they have other DNA to use to help prove they got Osama.  [Just call me Skeptical.]
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  • kinthenorthwest

    Lee like you  I just dont know anymore—Too many 1/2 truths and untruths coming from the WH

    Its seems that even with our modern age of communication so much is still being hidden away from us..

  • jwrjr

    Sorry.  “called”, nor “cakked”.  The point being to continue with clear observation no matter ehat others call it.

  • jwrjr

    “The power of clear observation is cakked skepticism by those who have not got it.”  George Bernard Shaw

  • Cindy

    President Barack Obama said the remains had been handled in accordance with Islamic custom
     
    Well, Obama would know all about Islamic custom. Ahem. (to use one of your favorite words, Rev. Amy–LOL)

    Thank you for the update!

  • armymom

    Noticed, as usual, with bots, you do not have any reading comprehension skills.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Indeed, Kin – the article linked above about the SF Chronicle/Hearts WH pool reporter is a case in point. If the WH is lying abt HER, and their attempts to ban her, or other Hearst reporters, it is hard to take anything they say at face value.

    And no, we do not desecrate the enemy. That is not how Americans roll. But to honor OBL with a proper funeral, in accordance to Islamic tradition, seems a bit of a stretch to me.

    The reality is, as others have said, including Leon Panetta after OBL was killed, we will be targeted regardless by Al Qaeda. Hell, we ARE targeted by Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, any number of Islamic groups, as it is. No matter what we do, we are a target. So, whether OBL was buried at sea, or cremated, or what-have-you, those who are radicals will want to make us pay no matter what.We know that.

    I have the greatest respect for the Navy Seals, and all of those who were part of this mission, this weekend, and for the past 9 1/2 yrs. My thanks go out to them for their service.

  • Lee

    I believe this is more propaganda.  Burial at sea?  Yea right.  Bin Laden probably died of kidney failure a while ago.  Obama’s aids probably put this altogether.  I come from the Kennedy era and I know there was a conspiracy to have him killed.  Just don’t know by who.  If you watch JFK with Kevin Costner, the government reworked many statements by those in Dallas. The government spins everything to manipulate our emotions and our minds.

    And now the left is saying we still need to be vigilant.  Maybe.  But isn’t that more fear mongering, that Bush was so guilty of?

    I do not believe anything the government says…nothing!

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    AMEN to that, Kin. Thank you so much.

    And many thanks to our military and intelligence personnel who have worked tirelessly to protect us, and continue to do so. A grateful nation thanks you, and applauds your service.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    Honestly, much of what was in there could EASILY have been prepared ahead of time. Just saying.
    ======================
    That would, of course, presume that he actually cared. He doesn’t. His very first principle is to only do those things that would augment his ability to take the greatest advantage available in any given situation, i.e., he only answers the door when opportunity is knocking.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Oh, and thanks – I do usually skip past the Obots. There is no reason for me to waste my time trying to argue with them, or provide links to information that disputes what they say, because they just continue to argue and take my time. I’d much rather spend my time communicating with people who do not regurgitate talking points, and who, even if they disagree, are respectful toward others and me. Know what I mean?

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Outstanding comment – thank you for reprinting it here (and no, I hadn’t seen your response at LJ’s post – I had to take the dogs up for their 6 month vet visit, so I missed a lot of what was there).

    Yes, this whole meme – and oh, how I hated it when Hillary Clinton included it, too, in her otherwise good remarks – of concern for how the Muslim world will view this just irritates me. As I said above, the moderate Muslims will have no problem understanding why we are glad to be rid of this madman, and the radicals, the Hamas, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and other groups who wish us harm will not be appeased no matter HOW much Obama kowtows or panders to them.

    Along those lines, I am still dumbstruck that there was SO much concern abt how OBL would be buried. WTH? WHO was that to appease???

    Women will continue to suffer in many parts of the worls under Islamist rule, as you pointed out so beautifully. This will change nothing, and whenever our leaders pander to those who treat women so disparately, it makes their claims to support rights of women ring false…

    Excellent, excellent comment. Thank you.

  • kinthenorthwest

    armymom—I will bet my bottom dollar that if it had failed it would have been any else’s fault but his…
    I will bet my bottom dollar that if anything negative comes from this Obama will be wagging his pointy finger at anyone but himself..

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    ROTFL – that is hilarious, Helenk – I bet that will make Obama itch a hissy fit…

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    Burial at sea. Wow, that can’t be good for the marine environment. I’m sure the ocean’s denizens aren’t amused at having yet another bottom feeder in their midst.

  • sybilll

    Oh my, is there no chivalry amongst jihadists? 

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Ah, yes – the Chronicle reporter – I did see that the other day (and the one abt Obama’s dad at Harvard). Isn’t it incredible that the MSM has failed so miserably to follow up on the Chronicle repprter? You would think that somewhere, they would feel a kinship with one of their fellow journalists, but no…

    And how abt his dad at Harvard, the multiple wives and all of that? Holy moley. No wonder he wanted to break this story last night (again, how is it he was out GOLFING during the afternoon??).

  • TeakWoodKite

    Hey NOC!

    If the time line of when  Osama got his is skewed…
    perhaps it was to  make use of what ever time was available to process the e-lint gathered at the site.

    I hope that is the case.

  • Ferd Not-My-Site-(click to edit) Berfle

    I thought this place WAS a restroom wall given the idiocy of the commenters.
    ===================
    That’s the first step in admitting you have a problem. Among other things, you don’t know the difference between a bathroom stall and a blog. Do you also not recognize your other talking end from a hole in the ground, dink?

  • bobbski

    I note that you did not answer the question.

  • kinthenorthwest

    podvet — I would never put down the military…Yet with all the unanswered questions already on the table, one cannot help but wonder who is telling the truth anymore.
    Like I said–All one has to do is look at all the 1/2 truths and lies that have been coming from the WH in just the past week or so.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Oh, I haven’t forgotten that he will be seen as a martyr by some. But that’s the thing – EVERY one knows that the radicals will flip out abt this, and want to strike back at us regardless. (Which is also why I have a problem with Obama and Clinton pandering to Muslims in their prepared remarks – the mainstream Muslims will certainly understand why OBL had to be taken down, and the radicals will never accept it, so why pander?)

    I’m with Seattlegonz on this one – he doesn’t deserve to sleep with the fishes considering some of the honorable people who have a watery grave. It’s too good for him…

    I am not at all surprised he lived in comfort. But I seriously doubt that will make much of a difference to his followers, either.

    That being said, remember that intelligence officials have said OBL was no longer the top mastermind in planning attacks against us. Khalid Sheik Muhammad is.