*If there ever was an appropriate time to dance on somebody’s watery grave that time would be now. Osama Bin Laden, America’s iconic symbol of international terrorism, is dead.
Once again the adage has proven itself to be true: The only way two people can keep a secret is if one of them is dead. Now his entire entourage is dead.
President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that Bin Laden – the wicked warlock of Afghanistan – had been killed in a shootout with American insurgents. It turns out that one of Bin Laden’s most trusted couriers unknowingly led American troops to his doorstep. And then it only was a matter of time.
Catching up to Bin Laden has been a long time coming. He is credited as the mastermind behind the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. And then, just like that (poof) he was gone; except for those infamous videos he released here and there as a reminder to his followers and the United States that he still was a force to be reckoned with. He was out of sight, but never out of mind.
And I thought it poetic justice that NBC cut in on Celebrity Apprentice to proclaim that the president would announce Bin Laden’s demise. I wish I could have seen Donald Trump’s beet red face when President Obama made the official announcement. I’m sure we all had enough of Trump for one week. Recently he has gotten way more air time than he deserves first by questioning whether the president really had been born in Hawaii, then taking all the credit for it when the White House presented the president’s long form birth certificate. So far, there is no comment from The Donald on the president’s accomplishment. And lest I come across more pompuous than Trump by crediting only the president for this monumental feat, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thanks to our U.S. military forces on the front line for the part they played and their on-going sacrifices.
While most of Congress and their constituents voiced their disapproval at the amount of money and manpower directed to hunting the elusive Bin Laden, Obama with his advisors and everybody on the “need-to-know” list kept one collective eye on the target. This president can say with more certainty: Mission Accomplished.
I’m not from Missouri, but I want them to show me Bin Laden’s deady body. Don’t try to tell me that nobody has a videotape of the melee and that we’re supposed to just take the government at its word that Bin Laden was buried at sea. For now I’ll revel in this great American victory. But I’ll keep one eye on CNN and the other one on YouTube.
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