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The winners and losers of Bin Laden's death [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2011-5-10 13:31:33 |Display all floors
(from Foreign Policy)
Winners:
1. The Planet Earth: A day without bin Laden is a better day for everyone.

2. Barack Obama: His finest hour. Decisive. Cool. Able to both strike hard and do so with the kind of American values and restraint that elevated the mission and stands in stark contrast to the bombast and recklessness of some of his predecessors.

3. The Families of U.S. Service Men and Women in Afghanistan: They're coming home sooner now. This was their mission too. You can hardly beat that ... and because there are so many of you, that's why you edge out those folks at the pointy end of the spear who completed the mission.

4. SEAL Team Six: The elite of elites has placed themselves permanently in the history books with a feat that ranks up there with the raid on Entebbe and well beyond virtually all movie fiction. They have not only done credit to their brethren in the U.S. special forces community but may have done more than any senior officers to change the way the war on terror is fought going forward.

5. The Shooter: We don't know his name in keeping with the secrecy and the low-key code of the SEALs. But this is a guy who is one leak away from a book deal, a movie, the key to every city in America and to never having to buy himself a beer ever again. Oh, and there's also that eternal gratitude of a nation thing on top of it all.

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Post time 2011-5-10 13:33:48 |Display all floors
6. Leon Panetta: The super-public servant greased the skids for his smooth ascendancy to the top job in the Pentagon by not only being the man overseeing the successful bin Laden mission but for reportedly being alone among cabinet members suggesting the president go for the plan he ultimately followed. He could have been the sacrificial lamb; instead he made himself a slam dunk (sorry, George Tenet) for bigger and better things.

7. War Dogs: Whether it was a German Shepherd or a Belgian Malginois who went along with the Navy SEAL team on the raid, the pooch is definitely not only the world's top dog for a week, he or she has done a great service to combat canines everywhere. If you doubt it, see FP's own Becky Frankel's great photo essay on the subject.

8. India: The most Paki-skeptic of all places on earth is quietly ... and not so quietly ... reveling in all aspects of the raid: the damage to their historic enemy's credibility, the apparent porousness of their likely adversary's borders, and the general blow to Pakistan's stature in the world.

9. Anwar al-Awlaki: The New Mexico-born Merchant of Venom is among the front-runners to pick up the bin Laden mantel as the world's most wanted terrorist along with Ayman Al-Zawahiri and a handful of others. The bad news for them, they just moved up on the U.S. counter-terrorism target list ... which may be the most dangerous place in the world to find yourself.

10. Sohaib Athar: The mild-mannered 33-year-old programmer who tweeted the news of the attack has enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame and managed it with a wry sense of humor.

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Post time 2011-5-10 13:36:38 |Display all floors
The shooter would want protection 24/7 if he were known to the publc so no chance there.

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Post time 2011-5-10 13:36:41 |Display all floors
Losers

1. Mullah Omar, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Anwar Al-Awlaki: See above. You guys all moved up the list. Time to get your affairs in order, write good-bye notes, that kind of thing.

2. Pakistan: It's hard to pick out who are the bigger losers -- the military and intelligence low-level types who will be rounded up and punished for helping OBL, the higher level types who will be punished for letting the Americans in and out with nary a scratch or an alarm, the even higher level types who are likely to see the flows of cash they are skimming from American aid cut off, or the highest level types who have seen their credibility shattered and their hold on power put in jeopardy. Unfortunately, also threatened are the good people of Pakistan who don't deserve more chaos or weaker leaders, many of whom were actually helping fight the war on terror and will now be compromised by their countrymen who were abetting enemies of civilization.

3. Hamid Karzai: Say goodbye to all the nice men with fat checkbooks in all the desert camo outfits. U.S. officials may say what they might, but their departure from your country was accelerated substantially this week. Think that's good news, Hamid? Patience, friend.

4. Osama bin Laden: He's dead. Otherwise he would be higher up the list. But dead men know no shame -- especially those who apparently knew none in life, either.

5. Fringe Critics of the President: One big argument against Obama has fallen by the wayside. In fact, if you want another big winner, one possibility might be the American people. There is a chance that by marginalizing the nutcases and Tea Partiers further, this win for Obama will leave only the serious candidates like Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Mitch Daniels in the Republican field. Who knows, we might even have a thoughtful, respectful, substantive debate in the 2012 elections. I know it's difficult to imagine, but take a moment. Imagine.

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Post time 2011-5-10 13:39:30 |Display all floors
Originally posted by cindy1225 at 2011-5-10 13:33
6. Leon Panetta: The super-public servant greased the skids for his smooth ascendancy to the top job in the Pentagon by not only being the man overseeing the successful bin Laden mission but for re ...


You forgot 9-11.

Now that he's "officially" dead, he won't be able to explain how he magically brought down WTC 7

Or how he managed to produce an indestructible passport and evade NORAD.

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Post time 2011-5-10 19:14:13 |Display all floors
Originally posted by cindy1225 at 2011-5-10 13:33
Anwar al-Awlaki: The New Mexico-born Merchant of Venom is among the front-runners to pick up the bin Laden mantel as the world's most wanted terrorist along with Ayman Al-Zawahiri and a handful of others. The bad news for them, they just moved up on the U.S. counter-terrorism target list ... which may be the most dangerous place in the world to find yourself. ...


For this reason alone, the operation had to be carried out.   How long did Bin Laden make fools of the US?   Like we can't find ONE man??? We're that incompetent?  I just could never accept that.  It not only destroyed my faith in my country, but for the lslamists, it looked to them as they could do anything to the US and get away with it.

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Post time 2011-5-11 07:12:00 |Display all floors

Disgusting

Originally posted by cindy1225 at 2011-5-10 13:31
(from Foreign Policy)
Winners:
1. The Planet Earth: A day without bin Laden is a better day for everyone.

2. Barack Obama: His finest hour. Decisive. Cool. Able to both strike hard and do so  ...


Obviously Cindy is a media wh*re.9/11 was an inside job as were 7/7,26/11,the 3/11 Madrid bombings and the
Bali bombings.The OBL "killing" episode is almost certainly a shoddy Orwellian hoax.It is likely the super
Patsy has been dead for years.

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