May 2, 2011

THAT WAS THEN. NOW ASSASSINATION IS GOOD: New Yorker Mag called the special ops team today hailed by Obama, VP Cheney’s “personal assassination team.”

Related: Indian media reporting on Pakistan protecting bin Laden.

And, from Bryan Preston:

On a more serious note, the raid in Pakistan that ended Osama bin Laden’s war crime spree is very good not only for American morale, but for American credibility. The kinetic military action in Libya has been doing a bang-up job of sapping both, and fracturing NATO, for weeks. This unambiguous success helps end that skid, and might just turn President Obama into an actual president. As others have said elsewhere, for the first time in my adult life I’m actually proud of him. I still won’t vote for him and I encourage others to oppose his re-election too, but at least when it was time to make a serious decision, he made the right one.

The Abbottabad raid also tells the world one more time that America is not to be messed with. That’s always a useful message to send.

Particularly at this moment, when doubts on that subject were accumulating.

UPDATE: Flashback: Stephen Colbert blasts Cheney’s Secret Assassination Squad.

Likewise, Seymour Hersh and Keith Olbermann.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Mel Kreitzer writes on Colbert: “They’re going to have to change that title now. Why should Cheney get all the credit?”

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