There’s some more news on the death of Osama Bin Laden that I may have missed in my initial post. Some of the early reports that came in last night were incorrect. The latest news is that Osama’s remains were buried at sea, according to an anonymous US official. He was given a proper Islamic funeral before being tossed overboard to his watery grave.
ABC News is reporting that US officials are debating whether or not to release photos. Apparently, they’re pretty gory. Left Coast Rebel has the fake photo. I’ve seen some comments that if the photos aren’t released the conspiracy theorists will have a field day. I have to say, it would be terribly risky to claim Bin Laden is dead if it’s not true. All he’d have to do is release a video of himself holding newspapers announcing his death.
I guess there’s no such thing as chivalry in the world of Islamo-fascists. Reports indicate that Bin Laden used his wife as a human shield. What a coward.
Supporters gathered at the home of former President Bush to say thank you.
Supporters left American flags and patriotic red, white and blue balloons outside the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush in the hours after President Barack Obama announced a U.S.-led mission had killed Osama bin Laden.
A sign on the gate outside the street leading to Bush’s residence Monday read in small letters, “President Obama forgot to say …” then continued in letters big enough to be read from the road, “Thank you President Bush.”
About a dozen people gathered near Bush’s high-security home until a thunderstorm rolled into the area about midnight Sunday.
“George Bush did so many great things for our country. We really wanted to be with him to celebrate this momentous day in American history,” Billy Fox, a college student, told WFAA-TV. ….
Stanley Kurtz reminds us that war on terror is not over. Don’t expect our troops to be coming home tomorrow, it’s not going to happen.
And Mark Steyn offered some thoughts on the President’s odd speech last night.
Instead, as Stephen Hunter, the novelist and Washington Post film critic, writes:
“Any joy one might feel in the intelligence of our analysts and the bravery of our door kickers was significantly diminished by Obama’s malignant narcissism. The first part of the announcement, evoking 9/11, was vulgarly overwritten as per Obama’s view of himself as some kind of gifted orator. The adjective bloated compote was unworthy of the subject, banal and self-indulgent.”
I was, I confess, a little stunned by the first part of the President’s speech. It was, as Mr Hunter says, overwritten. It managed to be both overwrought and generic – all that telepromptered overload about cloudless Tuesday mornings was not only tackily over-prettified but came over as unfelt and hand-me-down, like a course exercise in some third-rate creative-writing school’s Soaring Oratory class. Or, at any rate, as if they’d loaded up a first draft of September’s tenth anniversary speech into the machine. The official announcement was delayed for all this? If ever there was a moment for the commander-in-chief to be real, plainspoken and off his glassy-eyed follow-the-bouncing-ball routine, this was it. It’s as if nobody around him knows how to write except in the one tinny key. …
To me it seemed canned. Perhaps if he had announced the US seized all of Bin Laden’s assets there would have been a bit more enthusiasm.
Update: The team that took out Bin Laden is the same team the left used to smear as “Cheney’s assassination squad.” And information from Guantanamo detainees helped in tracking down Bin Laden. And the hypocritical lefties are gloating.
Update 2: The Muslim Brotherhood released two messages, one in English and one in Arabic. Guess which one condemned the killing of OBL and called for terrorism against American forces?