Headlines abound, and by this hour, since last night’s news about the death of Osama bin Laden by way of the talented and brave Navy Seals in their excursion into Pakistan for this very purpose, this news has been published just about everywhere in media, online and broadcast. However, following are many of the links from major sites as to further coverage of this good event from yesterday: the evil ghoul, Osama bin Laden, is now dead and dumped in the ocean – and may the fishes be wise enough to avoid the evil, nasty bits of him.
I will post comments about the following issues in later updates (though not today – twitter had the best of my time earlier this morning/late last night).
05/02/11 12:00 Noon, Monday
FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS
“Today’s Hot Topics – Part 2” – May 02, 2011
Thanks go to our Intelligence and Special Operations Communities
FSM: Quote of the Day
While it is understandable that President Obama would want to take credit for the action that killed bin Laden, it was unseemly that in his speech Sunday night, Obama implied that without his personal leadership, the death of bin Laden would not have happened. Too many people have worked to that end for almost a decade. To them – in the intelligence and special operations communities – should our thanks be directed. — Jed Babbin, Washington Examiner
CHOICE WORDS, from Rush Limbaugh, a portion of which follows from his May 02, 2011 broadcast:
…RUSH: Let me give you some history, ladies and gentlemen, that will put some of this in perspective. We’re all being inundated here with information. We’re all being inundated with news reports that raise questions as well as answer them. We’ve all seen President Obama last night on television announcing his single-handed involvement in securing the death of Osama Bin Laden. We know that it was Obama who called off the bombing, insisted on the Special Forces. In fact, it was Obama who assembled the team. He said so. “I,” “me,” “my” were three of the most used words in President Obama’s media appearance last night.
Not a single intelligence advisor, not a single national security advisor or military advisor came up with the idea. Not one of them — not one of them, according to Obama — had the ability to understand the need to get DNA. This was Obama’s message last night. He said, quote, “I assembled the team.” He refused to give the team the green light for the last three months, ’cause the team wanted to go in and create mayhem, and Obama alone — Barack Obama alone — knew the right way to do this. Slight problem. See, we love the US military here. I cannot tell you how proud everybody in my house was last night over this.
Especially with the status of the country in so many ways, for that realization and comfort derived from knowing that they work — that they are still the best, that something in this country is still the best and that it is the US military. That it is the best, that a part of America is still the best. I can’t tell you how happy and proud personally that made me. Now, these teams that Obama said he assembled, they fall under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command. They have been operating for almost 30 years. The Joint Special Operations Command is comprised of Delta, the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
These are the guys who fly the helicopters in the dead of night 50 feet off the ground. Marine Force Reconnaissance, SEAL Team 6, 1st Special Operations Wing, the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and a few other support elements. The CIA is also heavily involved, especially those from the clandestine service. That team, that organization has been assembled and operating in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost ten years. This is the same group that brought down Saddam. This is the same group that found Saddam Hussein in the hole. Actually, the CIA found him; they’ve been tacking him for months with the help of some Delta guys on the ground.
This is Osama we’re talking about, and this team that went in last night was a mixture of these various units. Guaranteed, they have been assembled and operating in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost ten years, and this is why I say that I want to sincerely congratulate Obama. Despite his words, despite every indication he gave verbally of disassembling this because he wanted America to be respected again. Despite his promises and words to tear apart this team, he continued it. Obama does deserve to be congratulated for continuing the operations of this team and keeping the military presence in the Middle East.
But he did not assemble it. When they went in and got Saddam, what it was the Rangers went in first. They blocked the two roads that led into it area. Then a mixture of SEALs and Delta went in and actually grabbed Saddam. It’s the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command who deserve all the credit for this — and President Obama deserves credit for not disassembling them, for keeping them in the loop, because this that happened last night has been the policy of this country for ten years. It is a great day for America, but the guys who did the heavy lifting are the guys who wear the uniform — and they’re not demanding lifelong pensions and health care today, are they?