Adventures in Intoxication 9: Osama Bin Laden is Dead, and I Heard it From Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 8:51 pm by Brandon Vogel

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By now, you all must have heard the news regarding Osama Bin Laden’s death in Pakistan, this May 1st, 2011. In a true sign of the times, I learned this because I follow The Rock on Twitter. I then tuned into the NBC News Special Report, in which David Gregory fully stole President Obama’s thunder, making the announcement while the same three minutes of archive footage continuously looped in the lower right-hand corner of the screen below a static image of the White House.

Let me ask you, other than the fact that this has derailed any chances of my Rambo 5 script launching me to stardom, how do you feel about this development?

I was in Biology class when the closed-circuit cable roared to life with images of airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. I remember shouldering my backpack prior to walking to my homeroom period, and announcing to my surrounding peers “Well, looks like we’re going to war.” Little did I know that statement would still be true today.

In some ways, it’s an incredible morale booster for the country’s armed forces. Bin Laden was a loose end from a dark time in our history, and his death provides closure for many of those impacted by 9/11, either directly or as a result of the subsequent actions of the United States.

Let us not forget, however, that Bin Laden has not been effective in conducting Al Qaeda activities for several years.  Let’s also keep in mind that the CIA likely performed some activities on the road to Bin Laden, the manner of which the general public probably would find distasteful, should they become public. I am no conspiracy theorist, and I love my country despite my dissent on a number of issues and actions, but there have been innocent casualties, both domestic and abroad, during this War on Terror…which, by the way, is not over.

This news will surely bolster the President’s reelection efforts. As a matter of fact, this is pretty fortuitous timing, all things considered. It’s just as well…the field is looking particularly thin. When a significant portion of the nation is looking to Donald Trump for political leadership, you know it’s probably best to let the incumbent stay.

I have to wonder, there was an over an hour between the start of the special coverage and President Obama’s speech, with several false starts… did it take us 10 years to find Bin Laden because of a similar lack of urgency? That’s not fair, I suppose… best to have one’s ducks in a row prior to such a historic announcement. Can you imagine having to retract that statement?

Don’t let the fact escape you that we, as a nation, are rejoicing over someone’s death.  I am no better than you, I am too.  Be at peace with that thought, and goodnight, America.

The moral of the story is that history is happening all around you.

 


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