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A Look at Osama bin Laden's Death: Geronimo E-KIA and Waterboarding

The past twenty hours have been nostalgic for most Americans and those who enjoy freedom around the world.  Most importantly, victims of the 9/11 attacks finally received some form of justice almost ten years after the deadly attacks.  Today, we aren't conservatives or liberals, but we're Americans that are finally standing united on an issue that everyone can agree was a net positive for the world: the Islamic extremist and most-wanted terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden, was killed yesterday in Pakistan.  The story is far from over, but details continue to emerge that paint the situation in an extremely interesting light.

The storyline about how 40 American Navy SEALS came to find the terrorist is incredible.  It boiled down to finding the courier linked to Osama bin Laden.  The startling revelation?  Some of the most important details emerged during President George W. Bush's administration and their harsh interrogation practices carried out on captured terrorists, often at the controversial Guantanamo Bay.  This will reignite the conversation around GITMO and the role it played in killing al Qaeda's top minion. Some of the information came from an overseas prison after Khalid Sheik Mohammad had been waterboarded.

The interrogations have been halted under President Obama.  Attorney General Eric Holder, along with the president, are strong supporters of shutting down the terrorist detainee camp at GITMO.  They also toyed with the idea of trying terrorists linked to the 9/11 attacks in New York City, which ignited a firestorm.  Finding and killing Osama bin Laden, starting with details from harsh interrogation practices, proves that in today's world, with violent, radical Muslims wanting to destroy America, are a necessary evil to protect this great nation.

The Navy SEALS carried out their operation under direct orders of the president, who watched the feed as "Geronimo E-KIA" was relayed - Geronimo was code for bin Laden and E-KIA means "enemy killed in action."  At this site, we staunchly disapprove of nearly every act carried out by President Obama; he's a radical Marxist that wants to turn America into a socialist dystopia, but today, we give him credit for putting his ideology aside and authorizing what was an extremely dangerous mission - and nothing more.  Unlike liberals, we'll give credit when credit is due.  The real heroes are the Navy SEALS Team Six and the men and women serving this country and in the intelligence community.  Ultimately, President Obama has often been anti-military, but fortunately, for the betterment of the country, he allowed this operation to proceed.

A great deal of credit also goes to former President George W. Bush, who carried out the unpopular, but necessary, War on Terror.  For eight years, Bush was crucified by the media and even President Obama, but didn't let up.  Say what you want about Bush, but the man cared so much about protecting this nation that he made it the most important issue of his presidency.  Obama did not thank Bush, but that's to be expected.

Osama bin Laden was buried at sea following strict Muslim protocol.  Compare that to Islamic extremists who drag American soldiers through the street to cheering crowds.  Bin Laden received much more than he deserved.  The man was a psychopathic murderer and was responsible for drastically changing America and the world in the form of 9/11.  The issue now moves on to who will take his place in the terrorist ranks and how America will respond to Pakistan - and for the conspirators, they're asking to see the photos of the dead bin Laden, which we expect to be released in the near future.  The SEALS also snatched up computer hard drives - talk about a gold mine.

Osama was housed in a $1 million mansion in Islamabad, surrounded by a fence over 12-feet tall.  The U.S. military carried out the act without informing Pakistan, proving there was a significant lack of trust within their government.  It's silly not to suspect that a top official in the Pakistani government was close with bin Laden and had previously warned him of raids.  In reality, he was hiding in plain sight.  America needs to reassess their relationship with Pakistan, and the billions of dollars in aide we give them.

All told, to reiterate, this is a great day for America.  Osama bin Laden has been killed by a shot to the face and the chest by Navy SEALS.  Obama made his first presidential decision in nearly two and a half years and the political debate has already started.  The White House is politicizing the issue because they believe it will boost Obama in the polls, and the GOP, rightfully so, is making it clear that the Bush-era policies led to the killing of bin Laden.

Either way, the world is a better place today without Osama bin Laden.  Thank you to the men and women in uniform.

Chuck Justice is the editor-in-chief for Habledash.



A message from the editor-in-chief:

One writer for this site has caused quite an outpour from visitors, pointing out that Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice television show was intentionally interrupted by President Obama, as a way to show who commands more attention.  This was not the case as more details on Osama bin Laden's death poured in overnight.  Originally, every major news outlet had reported bin Laden was killed over a week ago, which is where the speculation for the odd timing of the announcement began.  That was no conspiracy, but a fact from the mainstream media, which they corrected overnight.  When the writer was informed by the media that bin Laden was, in fact, killed yesterday, the article was updated, despite the outpouring of what we'll call "passionate" supporters of both Trump and Obama.  Not following the site's terms and conditions will ban users from the commenting feature.

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