Tonight, United States Special Operations forces infiltrated, attacked, and killed Osama Bin Laden inside of a compound in Pakistan and have captured his body. I am curious how the United States will handle the body.
While this is certainly a moral victory, I'm afraid it will do little to change the course that the United States is currently on.
It is with ultimate irony that 8 years ago to this very day, President Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" in a poorly, historically goofy attempt to look tough by flying onto an Aircraft Carrier and declaring "Mission Accomplished" when nothing had been. I can't help but think that this day should have happened years sooner had it not been Bush's elective war against Saddam Hussein and diverting so many of our national military and intelligence assets to that cause.
In President Obama's speech, he certainly seemed to make it clear that perhaps the capture of Osama Bin Laden was no longer a priority of the intelligence apparatus by the end of the Bush presidency. He also made it clear that it was a priority of his.
Now we wait. We wait for the reaction of the Islamic world currently in its own upheavals with no less than 20 different Islamic countries having had some form of civilian protest.