May 01, 2011

Early reports on the death of Osama Bin Laden

AP Report: Osama Bin Laden is dead

Details are still sketchy, but it appears that American assets discovered Osama Bin Laden hiding in a mansion in Islamabad, Pakistan and killed him. Although this is good news, there is every possibility that Al Qaeda will respond quickly and dramatically.

A major initial concern for me is that he was found in the capital of what is supposed to be one of our strongest allies in the so-called "war on terror". If he'd been found in Afghanistan or in the tribal areas of Pakistan that would be less problematic in terms of global strategy. His presence right under the nose (and probably protection) of Pakistani intelligence services is extremely prejudicial evidence for close ties between Pakistan's government and the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

Does this mean we will be invading Pakistan? Under a different president there is no doubt in my mind that the next move by the president would be a request to Congress for either war funding or a full declaration of war. Under this president with his tendency to defend radical Islam and bow to Arab leaders, war is unlikely, unless Congress forces it on him.

Things could get very tense over the next few days. Consequences of this action, although it was necessary, will be global in scope.

I suppose I should point out that this also explains the weirdness of the events surrounding the arrest and release of Raymond Davis back in February. I suspected then, and I am convinced now, that the two men he killed were not robbing him. They were no doubt Pakistani intelligence agents attempting to stop him.