Bin Laden Dead

May 2011


Osama bin Laden is dead. This is not something the President of the United States talks about lightly, and reports suggest that his body is in U.S. hands following a firefight involving U.S. special operations forces in Abbottobad, Pakistan.

We used to hang on every word bin Laden uttered and every indication that he was still alive. It long ago became of passing importance. That is the single most important thing about him and is a measure of how history has changed since 2001. Certainly the events that bin Laden put in motion continue to resonate — from the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq to expensive and intrusive efforts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. and allied response that began on Sept. 11 goes on, but bin Laden himself had become essentially an onlooker and commentator.

That was the result of a real success by U.S. and allied intelligence. Their ability to attack and destroy bin Laden’s immediate network isolated him from new recruits, training and planning. Bin Laden and his immediate associates lost the ability, in three years or so after 9/11, to mount operations outside the Islamic world, and, to a great extent, operations inside the Islamic world might have been carried out in his name but not with his participation.

As STRATFOR once put it, Osama bin Laden once made history. He then made videos. He was eventually reduced to audio tapes — a testimony to the one part of the war that worked for the United States. But both the ideological and physical struggle against grassroots jihadists and transnational extremism continues.

Posted by nhughes in Foreign Policy

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  • SEAL TEAM SIX (DEVGRU) killed Bin Laden. Navy has avenged Pentagon attack. Helicopter lost during assault. No casualties.

  • JD Smith

    Bravo Zulu Seal Team Six!!!!

  • YN2(SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III

    Buried at sea?

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Great news. Symbolic more than operational effect, which is not entirely a bad thing. It shows we still have reach. And patience.

    Seems bin Laden was in that massive compound, sans much security, within a couple of miles of Pakistan’s military academy. Which begs the question of just how much protection and cover he was being given by Pakistan. My bet is Pakistani intelligence and the Pakistani government knew damned well where he was, and had for quite some time.

    Pakistan as one of America’s “allies” should get another assessment. And we might begin serious discussions with India regarding a closer military relationship.

  • doug redfern


  • Michael Golden

    Bravo Zulu Seal Team 6. Job well done.

    BM3 Golden

  • Paul

    This is a victory for not only Team 6 but for each and every service member who has been in this fight since the USS Cole. Their dedication, courage and belief in victory brought this about.

    As for being buried at sea, well– Islamic custom requires burial within 24 hours. We observe customs of our enemies for no other reason than we’re the good guys, and that’s what makes us that.

  • Byron

    I most sincerly hope the sharks don’t get heartburn…

  • Paul

    Personally, I hope they buried him with all Islamic custom and then with appropriate ceremony sent him into the deep from the bow of a carrier or amphib (preferably the USS New York) while at full speed and all propellers turning…..

  • All I’m going to do is say, “It’s not war, It’s Pest Control.”

  • George Vreeland Hill

    Osama bin Laden was a coward.
    He was responsible for killing thousands of people and then hid.
    Cowards do that.
    They hide.
    It was a matter of time before they got him.
    The world is a better place with him dead.
    If there is a hell, then bin Laden is there.
    May he rot forever.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • Mike Stephens

    Bravo ZUlu Seal tema six…. JD smith contact me …speedo 1st marine recon BN…prior to you graduating BUD/S
    mandcstephens@msn.com Doc Stephens