Michael Totten

Mistah Osama, He Dead

So we finally got him. After a nearly decade-long manhunt, and while we’re still fighting the longest war in our history, Osama bin Laden is dead.

In at least one way it’s good that it took so long for us to locate and kill him. He has not been effective lately—otherwise it would be a disaster that it took so long to get rid of him. No, he’s been ineffective, and yet we still went to the other side of the world to find him and kill him.

He said—and he probably truly believed it—that the United States was weaker than it appeared, that it could be destroyed as a superpower as the Soviet Union had been, that Americans could not endure mass casualty attacks on our homeland. He was wrong all along, but now everyone should know he was wrong.

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