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Bill Reynolds: Bin Laden death is a win for U.S.

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Posted: May 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

During the evening of May 1, while enjoying Sunday night baseball, it was electrifying to watch ESPN cameras zoom in on multitudes of Phillys fans who were simultaneously receiving text messages, phone calls and emails regarding Osama bin Laden’s shocking execution.

When bin Laden’s photo was then abruptly shown on the stadium big screen, those fans, while taking in America’s favorite pastime, instantly went wild cheering and chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”

It immediately brought back strong nostalgic memories of former President George W. Bush at ground zero with one arm draped around a New York City firefighter, grasping a bull horn and exhorting, “Soon the whole world will hear you,” resulting in the crowd enthusiastically waving American flags and chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”

What a fine moment of patriotism, and it played out all over again right there in Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, and outside the White House gates, where tourists rallied impromptu to cheer bin Laden’s death.

Those spectacles made me feel so proud to be an American once again. The very next night, during the singing of our National Anthem at a Chicago Bulls basketball game, the crowd wildly cheered our military.

Hence, it’s readily apparent that America is cheering bin Laden’s death, yet Obama stated that he cannot show bin Laden’s death photo because “that’s not who we are”.

Hmm. You have to wonder, is this decision actually a reflection on America’s values or Obama’s Muslim background?

Who would have thought Obama would actually carry out Bush’s anti-terrorist policies, let alone take them to a whole new level by authorizing Osama bin Laden’s assassination?

Even the despicable mass-murderer Saddam Hussein received a fair trial on President George W. Bush’s watch, and even the infamous Nazi, Herman Goering, received a fair trial under then-President Harry Truman.

For years now, we’ve all heard nothing but Obama emphatically apologizing for America and denouncing America’s “War against Terrorism,” Gitmo, the Patriot Act and enhanced interrogation.

Wasn’t Obama elected on hope and change? Yet, what we are experiencing is a continuation of Bush’s excellent foreign policy while left-wingers uncharacteristically champion Obama despite observing that his actions completely belie his left-wing ideology and his liberal campaign promises, which is why they elected him in the first place. Go figure.

Putting partisanship aside, I for one continue to cheer Osama bin Laden’s execution despite Obama’s murderous intentions and subsequent disjointed after-action reports.

Be that as it may, I call on Obama to immediately cease prosecuting CIA agents who responsibly carried out their enhanced-interrogation duties, which we know led to bin Laden’s demise.

If Obama can simply order up the assassination of an enemy, I call on him to immediately cease prosecuting four Navy SEALs who are accused of roughing up terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed back in 2004.

During these past few years, there’s been exceedingly little to cheer, so let the chanting continue.

Bill Reynolds is a Valencia resident.


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