Originally posted by TheOldMan I'm guessing that even if there's a way to tell which member of the team fired the fatal bullet, that's not something you want out there as general knowledge. If identified, that person would need tighter security than Salmon Rushdie.
But among the Special Ops forces and Intel types? Legendary status for life.
More badass than Jack Bauer! B^)
I'm not a vengeance kind of guy, but if there was ever a death to feel good about, this is it. I dance on his metaphorical grave.
The big bad wolf is dead. It is a great day. Now, how this is going to affect the long term, we can finally get a real exit strategy without too many catcalls from the military industrial complex. Yes, I have no doubt the Taliban and Al-Qaeda will mount some revenge, but we have to weather the storm or maybe force their hand enough to wipe them out or do major damage. Contradictory to what others may say, this is major blow to Al-Qaeda. For years, they have winked about Osama being alive that he was invincible, well now that is no longer the case. Moral as well as large then life characters are a big part of organizations like this and without them it starts to fall apart.
Obama has handled this like a president. He called Bush to let him know personally, gave a go order that will probably piss off Pakistan even though giant questions will now be raised about them and at the same time showed a toughness when it came to the 3 am question that many didn't think he had. Politically, its a giant win for him, but he has done the right thing and let Americans enjoy it for the next few days. He should probably do what he has been doing and giving the praise to the soldiers rightfully so.
I am fairly sure whomever got the shot that killed him is in for a medal that he can never wear, a personnel evaluation that will be seem by SEAL types, then blacked out forever, and perhaps a one or two pay grade promotion.
Is it finally acceptable to say "HAVE FUN IN HELL, FUCK FACE!!!!!" ?
Teacher Shaves for First Time Since Sept. 11, 2001
EPHRATA, Wash. – A middle school teacher vowed after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that he would not shave his beard until Usama bin Laden was caught.
Gary Weddle kept his word Sunday evening.
"I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn't get it off fast enough," Weddle, 50, told The Wenatchee World.
Weddle, who lives in East Wenatchee and teaches in Ephrata, had wanted to cut his beard for years. The gray stringy growth actually made him look a bit like bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks who was killed by U.S. forces.
Weddle was a substitute teacher in Wenatchee when the terrorist attacks occurred on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing some 3,000 people.
Weddle said he was so absorbed in the news that he neglected to shave. A week or so later, he decided not to shave until bin Laden was captured or proven dead. He figured it would just be a month or two.
At the start of each school year, Weddle told students the beard was a reminder of the attacks. After all these years, Weddle figured he'd still be wearing the beard next Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
He was working in his garden Sunday evening when news came that bin Laden was dead.
Weddle wasted no time finding scissors and razors. He had cut the beard and was shaving the stubble before President Obama addressed the nation.
Friends and neighbors watched him cut the beard. He cut himself while shaving for the first time in 3,454 days.
Weddle was 41 when he made his vow.
"I wanted him to get rid of it, but it was his vow," his wife Donita said. "I respected his passion and keeping a vow. I was willing to look past the beard because I love him."
Now she said her husband looks 10 years younger.
"It's a very happy moment for us," she said. "It's a very happy moment for the whole nation."
Too bad. I wanted to see 'em. After all, if it was good enough for John Dillinger, Herman Goering and Saddam's dipsh*t sons, it would've been good enough for OBL.
Worries about "inflaming" the Islamic extremists? Child, please. They'll hate the West for freakin' CARTOONS. It's not like there's on-the-fence Muslims out there who'll suddenly take Al-Qaeda's side because we published a picture backing up what we say, icky though it may be.
I think it has more to do with Europe and other countries who view our celebrations as some sorta barbarian orgy. The picture would cement us as the barbarian horde who placed a skull on a pike. I can go either way on it and even if the picture was shown it won't stop conspiracy theorist anyway. It would be more analyzed then the Zeaprurter film. Speaking of film, I would rather see the head cam then the photos. Yet, I don't see that happening til 2050.
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Just to touch on a couple of things in this thread. First off, the industry is saying the cycle has passed and at least the immediate threat seems have come and gone (pardon the pun) with no further damage done.