The World Awaits Word From … Glenn Greenwald
It’s 9:45 a.m. Eastern.
Is there anyone who has not opined on the killing of Osama bin Laden yet?
Yes, there is. The world awaits word from … the prolific Glenn Greenwald. Nothing on Twitter, or at Salon.com.
Extra-judicial killing, with no attempt to capture and bring bin Laden to NYC for trial in federal court. Breach of international law by invading a sovereign nation. Key intelligence obtained from Gitmo detainees, before they were read their Miranda rights. The only thing which could make the situation worse would be if there was an illegal wiretap involved because a key conversation or e-mail was routed through a U.S. based server.
I cannot predict which way his column will go. Principle, or joining in the collective blood lust.
These things take time to develop.
Update: He has spoken –
The killing of Osama bin Laden is one of those events which, especially in the immediate aftermath, is not susceptible to reasoned discussion. It’s already a Litmus Test event: all Decent People — by definition — express unadulterated ecstacy at his death, and all Good Americans chant “USA! USA!” in a celebration of this proof of our national greatness and Goodness (and that of our President). Nothing that deviates from that emotional script will be heard, other than by those on the lookout for heretics to hold up and punish.
You can guess the rest.
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I have no doubt that had GWB been the President at this moment, the left would be screaming at the top of their lungs about all of this. I can hear them accusing the White House of lying about the whole operation – after all, where is the body?
"Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces just 800 yards from Pakistan’s top military academy which is seen as the equivalent of Sandhurst
"The compound was in an affluent area of Abbotabad where many retired Pakistani military officers lived. Initially built in a secluded area at the end of a dirt road, more homes had sprung up nearby. But the compound was about eight times larger than any other residence. It was protected by two security gates and 12-18ft high walls. The main three-storey building in the compound had a terrace hidden from view by a 7ft wall and many areas were sealed off by internal walls. Although the value of the compound was assessed at $1 million, the two couriers had no known source of income and there was no telephone or internet service. Unlike their neighbours, occupants of the compound burned all their rubbish."
"A U.S. official says Osama bin Laden has been buried at sea." (AP)
"Bin Laden was just one part of al-Qaeda, which is just a part of the Islamic-terrorist effort, which is just a part of the Islamist movement — so the announcement of his death tonight by the U.S. government makes little operational difference. The war on terror has not fundamentally changed, much less been won." Daniel Pipes, NRO
Who really cares what the Master of Sock Puppets has to say?
"Unadulterated ecstacy" must be the club drug, b/c it certainly ain't English.
Of course, our guy gets a pass. That's the Progressive way, no matter what adamant principles the Left previously enunciated and screamed to the point of their passing out and our nausea when the other guy's in charge.
I'll be awaiting word from PETA. What is their take on the decision to dump OBL's body at sea? To befoul the ocean like that would not make the good folks at PETA very happy, one would think. Perhaps the military planned ahead and used an appropriate sarcophagus to prevent harm to any sea kittens. Heaving OBL's body overboard in a rust-proof, leak-proof vat of pig dung, for example, might be the kind of send-off he deserves.