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May 3, 2011

Salute From Hyannis Port

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 12:47 pm

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you and yours on this Tuesday morning here on Cape Cod proper, Osterville to be precise, and it looks to be yet another spring time, gentle misty day on the Cape and islands, bringing that ever needed moisture from on high to feed the beautiful plants that have erupted in bloom all over the Cape, as I witnessed yesterday on a trip to a dear friend’s house in Brewster.  WOW!  Talk about the colors of the rainbow in the flowering trees, the earliest flowers and the grass, that is now as green as the ‘Ring of Carrie’ in Ireland.  As we all know by now, unless you have been living in a cave, no pun intended Mr. John Stewart, Osama Bin Laden is dead.  His remains, after DNA tests concluded it was indeed him, rather his body, after a traditional Muslim body cleansing, was “buried” at sea, as the whole world can now let this decade long nightmare finally END.  And, moreover, sink in.  “The world is safer and a better place because of the death of Osama Bin Laden.”  President Barack Obama.  Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, the Navy Seal team six, and the commanders on the ground are to be commended, but no one so much, as our Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.  This really all began in earnest in September of 2010, and by February of this year, they knew that high priced compound in Abbottabad, a wealthy suburb that houses the “West Point” of the Pakistani military, housed Osama.  March 29th, 2011, the President was offered an array of plans to eliminate Bin Laden–one, the one used, and the others still considered to be top secret.  During this planning stage, Navy Seals, under the direction of Admiral Mcraven, built a model of the compound, conducting mock raids right down to the last detail, and as the Saturday “go” for the mission approached, so did the weather, and thus, the mission was pushed off until Sunday morning, at 3:30 a.m., EDT.  The “situation room”, the real one, not the one on CNN, was deadly silent as the mission was fed LIVE to the White House via combat helmet “cams” that, as one official put it, made the minutes feel like days.  For as the mission was going down, so was one of the Blackhawk helicopters, which malfunctioned, pushing the mission to “plan b”, and as the Seals accomplished said mission, another Blackhawk chopper picked up the men, mind you, as the Pakistani air force was just learning of this brave military move, as well as the body of Osama himself and took off, flying successfully out of Pakistani airspace, with no dog fight needed, as I am quite sure the Blackhawk had some F-16’s guarding it’s back.  “Captain made the right decision.”  (credit the movie “Airplane!”)  I say that, not to jest, but to truly honor those men who braved the world’s wrath if this mission would have turned out like the 1980 failed hostage rescue of American citizens being held in Iran.  There is a video recording of the fire fight and of the bullet ridden body of Bin Laden, as well as video of the burial at sea, not to mention the DNA evidence, leaving no doubt that Osama Bin Laden no longer walks this earth.  The big question now is what did the Pakistani officials know, really KNOW, about the whereabouts of Bin Laden, especially considering the fact that you could literally trip over all of the military presence in that small, picturesque town an hour’s drive from the capital city of Islamabad.  The fact that we carried out a military operation in a foreign country, that we have not really had all that much cooperation or friendship with lately, in the middle of the night, coupled with the fact that we did not notify that “ally” of the U.S., begs the question, “what is the REAL relationship between the two countries and where do we go from here, especially when those “enhanced interrogation techniques” (illegal torture by the previous administration) did not lead us to that KEY to finding bin laden, namely the couriers that he used, one in particular, that would lead, eventually to the whereabouts of Bin Laden himself.  This will go down as the gutsiest military success stories since the end days of World War II, where the WORLD did indeed feel safer when Adolph Hitler could no longer hold that free world hostage via rampant racism, hate, fear, violence, paranoia and mass genocide.  The President, in a LIVE broadcast, around 8:19 p.m., EDT, where he was having a bipartisan meeting with members of congress at the White House, said these words, after receiving a well deserved and lengthy standing ovations from his colleagues, truly a heart warming moment for this country.  And I quote OUR President, Barack Obama, “You know, I think we experienced the same sense of UNITY that prevailed on 9/11, we were reminded again, there is a pride in what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve.  It’s far deeper than any party, or than politics.  I want to again recognize the heroes that carried out this incredibly dangerous mission, all the military and the counter-terrorism professionals who made this mission possible.  I thank members of congress, from BOTH parties, who have given extraordinary support and our intelligence officials.  Without your support, they could not do what they do.  I Know that the UNITY we felt on 9/11, has frayed a little bit over the years, and I have no illusions about the difficulties or debates that will have to be engaged in, in the weeks and months to come.  But, also know there have been several moments like this, during the course of this year, that have brought US closer together as an American family.  With the tragedy in Tuscon, and our unified response to storms that have taken place in the south.  Last night was one of those moments.  So tonight, it is my fervent HOPE, that we can harness that UNITY and some of that pride, to confront the many challenges we still face.  But, to all of you tonight, we are JOYFUL that you could join US and please have a little bit of fun.  Thank you very much everybody.”  No sir, Mr. President, Thank YOU!  You sir, are a fine leader and an ASSET to this great nation, and world at large–it’s people, it’s cultures and it’s environment.  We salute you!  Interesting side note, in 2005, the Bush administration directed the CIA to close the book, their special “let’s get bin laden playbook”, on the most wanted man in the world, and curiously, that same year, that house where Bid Laden was just shot, was built, for, presumably by many sane minded people, for him.  In that year, it seems that Bin Laden could put his guard down, just a bit, and felt he had the green light to live the quite life in the country, in a million dollar home, you know, just settle down for a while in a picturesque town in an affluent Pakistani neighborhood, right next door to the “West Point” equivalent military command training center in that same town in Pakistan, a country where we have, in the past decade, provided 18 billion dollars worth of military aid.  As one reporter put it, “Bin Laden had become the ‘Chairman of the Board’ of Al Qaeda, as opposed to it’s chief operating officer, begging the question, why six months after 9/11 did George W. Bush say this when a reporter asked him at a press conference where Bin Laden was, and why have we not captured him yet.  After explaining that “you people” really don’t get it, that it’s not just about one man (terror), and that he is, after all, just “one man”, he let these words fly, “I’m just not that concerned about Bin Laden.”  Now, ask yourself, honestly, who is the greater leader here?  Who is the greater President?  Who actually followed up with Bush’s pledge to “get Bin Laden, dead or alive,” ten years later, I might add, with quite a lot of other “things” on his plate, namely his legitimacy as a U.S. citizen?  Who is more interested in the safety and well being of ALL of this nation’s people, not just those in the top one tenth of the top one percent?  I would suggest the answer is as obvious as the fact that a rose is beautiful and should be taken into account the next time you hear some ‘mouth piece hair do’ spout their nonsensical horse$hit on the likes of FOX NEWS or any of it’s poisonous equivalents.  Rhetorical coolness, with added reserve and emotional discipline, combined with superior intelligence and morality, indeed, Mr. President, rhetorical coolness indeed.  This nation owes a debt of thanks to the U.S. Joint Operations Special Command, the “Navy SEALS six”, the most elite and fiercest fighting force on the face of the planet–WE SALUTE YOU as well!  As Jeremy Scahill (author of Blackwater, the rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army) put it in regard to these brave men, “they are the tip of the tip of the spear.”  Have a nice day folks and May GOD be with the people affected by those horrific torndoes that struck six states in our beloved south.  PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M

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