The death of Osama bin Laden (OBL) was a great day for America and the families of the men, women, and children that were murdered on September 11, 2001. There are many people who deserve credit for achieving this historic accomplishment including President Obama, President Bush, the CIA and the Navy Seals for killing the leader of an evil organization that affected all in America.
President Bush deserves credit for initicating the process of gathering information through the approved efforts of enhanced interigation at Guantanamo Bay, a prison camp for suspected terrorists. Bush further approved waterboarding to gather more inteligents on Al-Qaeda, which Obama’s CIA director, Leon Panetta, admits was an essential piece of information that led to the carrier, who lived with OBL in the compound, which had been built in 2006.
President Obama also deserves credit for approving the military plan to capture or kill OBL. However, if Obama had initiated the policies he desired when he campaigned, we would not have killed OBL. During the campaign, Obama had promised to close Guantanamo Bay and also stopped all enhanced terrogations of waterboarding of terrorists. Even the word “terrorist” was forbidden to be used by the Obama administration. Instead the terrorists were called “enemy combatents” and a terrorist act was called a “man caused disater”. Then Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, wanted to provide Constitutional Rights to these terrorist and try them on U.S. soil and provide them Miranda Right, which is the rights given to American citizens. This idea by the Obama administration was insane. America is at war with an enemy that does not deserve the same Constitutional Rights our soldiers have sacrificed their blood to protect. It is a good thing that the Navy Seal that shot OBL saw him as a threat and shot him so he did not have to provide him Miranda Rights.
Another major mistake by the Obama administration was providing inteligence to the enemy. We announced that we have collected the computer files of OBL. This was foolish information to provide to the media and the enemy. We should have kept that information secret and stated that we had OBL but did not get any other information. We allowed the enemy to move, missing further opportunities to get further Al-Qaeda commanders. Now those commanders can regroup and alter their stategy and locations knowing we had their prior addresses.
Another disturbing piece of information was the Obama administration desire to provide a religious funeral for OBL.. OBL received his religious rites on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. In accordance with Islamic practice, OBL was washed and wrapped in a while linnen sheet before his burial at sea within 24 hours of his death. So many victims from 9-11 were not provided the same closer of saying good bye to their loved ones. Further, the White House even refused to provide the American people the photo of his death since they did not want to insite the Muslim world. Obama has become too concern about the feelings of the Muslim world when he should be more concern about the feelings of the American people.
Frank Aquila is a Manteca resident and president of the South San Joaquin Republicans. He can be emailed at email@example.com