Tuesday, May 3, 2011

WWOD? Non-Sequtir

(image pulled from the awesome-as-a-dog-with-sunglasses TV blog Warming Glow)

Jeremy Scahill (author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army) has a fascinating look at the Black Ops force that took out Osama bin Laden posted over at The Nation's website. These details may only scratch the surface when it comes to SEAL Team Six, also known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but it is the most that I've seen so far. To sum up: these guys wipe their asses with Chuck Norris' beard.

Since I learned the news from a text message from my brother, I've been absolutely riveted by the details of the attack on bin Laden's suburban fortress of sort-of solitude. From the way in which a courier was tracked to find this spot to the fact that the SEAL teams didn't lose a single soldier during the operation right through the burial at sea, to avoid creating a terrestrial shrine to the terrorist leader, it appears that President Obama and his intelligence and military advisers absolutely nailed every aspect of this thing.

To put President Obama's decisive use of these special forces to go after bin Laden in perspective, head over to The New Republic (by way of Longreads.com) for a detailed look at the way in which U.S. indecisiveness (not to mention too many resources being devoted to planning the Iraq invasion) squandered the first best chance to take bin Laden at Tora Bora in December 2001.

And, lastly, watch these clips from Monday night's episode of The Daily Show. Being not nearly as witty or articulate as Jon Stewart, I'll let his slightly-tempered glee stand in for my own reaction to the news that bin Laden was killed by American soldiers in a ninja-like attack orchestrated by President Obama.

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