Killing Osama: A Celebration of Confusion

As everyone in the entire world knows, President Obama took to the airwaves last night to announce that elite covert forces of the U.S. Military successfully killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Heralded as a victory for the Country, what really permeated the speech was that it was a victory for Obama.  A man who needed a victory.  A man who needed a win to help him win.  It was a win-win.  Or was it?

President Obama:  Today, AT MY DIRECTION, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.” (emphasis added)

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Almost immediately after the announcement of an impending announcement (it took over 2 hours for the President to actually speak after stations cut away to news desks) about the death of bin Laden, people began to gather in front of the White House to celebrate.  Carrying Obama posters and waving giant American flags that I guess they just happened to have on them, the crowd celebrated into the wee hours of the morning.  A similar crowd gathered at Ground Zero in New York City.  In fact, celebratory gatherings could be seen assembling all across the States.  Even in my tiny neck of the woods, there were fireworks coming from somewhere in the direction of the National Guard base.  Yes, it was truly a time to celebrate.  Ding Dong, the terrorist is dead.

Remarkably, in an incomprehensible twist of fate (or an ingenious orchestration of timing), the news of bin Laden’s death came 66 years to the day of the announcement of Hitler’s death in Germany.

Left: President Obama’s full speech to the Nation.

I wasn’t cheering.  I wasn’t even excited.  I was nervous.  Because I knew that there was something really fishy about what was unfolding before my eyes.  Something was definitely askew, and no one on TV was saying so.  Not that we should ever expect the corporate sponsored mainstream media to tell it like it is mind you, but… I felt like I was watching a movie.. and that the climax hadn’t happened yet.   I had plenty of questions.  But, was I the only one?

Today, my brother was standing in line at the DMV.  As always, it was a big line with a diverse group of individuals attempting patience in the face of a long and arduous wait.  A television was on.  Some talking head was discussing the glorious victory of Obama over Osama.  An elderly woman turned around and said, “Does anyone else think that this is a load of B.S.?”

As the line slowly came to life,  a chorus of voices began expressing their skepticism over what had just transpired.  Statement like these were being echoed across the room… “I thought he was already dead.”  “Boy, this is convenient timing.”  “A burial at sea the same day he was killed? Now THAT is hard to believe.”  Etc…etc…etc.  I guess I wasn’t the only one asking questions.

This afternoon, I drove to a filling station to buy some overpriced gasoline for the car and aspartame filled Diet Coke for me. A truly American cocktail. As I waited to pay for my gas and pop, I overheard a man and woman talking. “Something about this bin Laden thing just doesn’t make sense,” said the man. “I know!” the woman replied, “I think they’re messing with our heads to prepare us for something really bad.”

So what do I think?  To be honest, I have no idea what’s going on.  But if I had to venture a guess, I’d say that Osama bin Laden has been long deceased.  Probably for years.  The news of his death was kept secret, to be paraded out at a future date when it was truly needed.  That time ended up being now, when we’re trying to justify continuing the old wars and starting some new ones, while our President’s approval ratings have been chillin’ below 50% for quite some time, and as a new election cycle is creeping ever closer.  Obama needed a victory.  If he could become the champion of a previously unknown to the public battle of Obama vs. Osama, it would surely garner him some votes. last week’s announcement of Obama’s birth certificate being released (a honeypot meant to distract the public with irrelevant debate while simultaneously shedding a sympathetic light on Barack Obama) and now this news of bin Laden’s death…. I just feel like it is too convenient to be coincidence.  I’m no journalist, but then, neither are any of the reporters on the major news networks.

I’m just a girl, with a functioning brain, who used basic logic to come to the conclusion that something is rotten in this state of affairs, and I’m not alone.  The burial at sea bit sealed the deal for me.  Really?  You REALLY want us to believe that it is perfectly normal to kill the world’s most wanted terrorist, put him on a ship, and then dump him overboard.. all in the same day… leaving the DNA evidence that you claim to have positively identified as something we simply need to take your word for? How do you KNOW that’s his DNA? Oh, that’s right. Because it postively matched a sample you took from his sister.  Which we also just have to take your word for, because she’s also dead.

As the fanfare continues from news desk to news desk, and the media continues to laud Obama for his bravery and strength of character, I remain entirely unconvinced.  Not to mention my uneasiness with this celebration of death.  I feel that normally a person’s death, despite the magnitude of his evil deeds, is a somber occasion.. never welcomed.  I cannot relate to Pres. Obama’s statement, “His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace, and human dignity.”  Something just seems…. wrong about that.   Maybe it’s just me.  How about you?