OBL Dead… Justice Served?
Last night it was announced by President Obama that Osama bin Laden (OBL) was killed via a secret CIA mission. He got a bullet to the head, washed up and buried at sea. As I watched the people gather at the White House to rejoice over the news, I was a bit disturb.
Was justice served?
The president in his statement reminded us of the 3,000 plus lives lost on September 11, 2001 which was supposedly masterminded by OBL. He forgot to mention that many of them were not just Americans but individuals from around the world. I remind you that the majority of casualties died at the World Trade Center where several organizations from around the world were located.
He also reminded us that in response to this attack, we’ve lost many young men and women in uniform while many more are now learning to live with their injuries. May I remind you that many in the military now, including those who’ve lost their lives in the battle, may have been too young to remember this attack.
While our president mentioned that OBL was a mass murder who killed many citizens including Muslims. He forgot to mention that in response to this mass murderer, without the support of many in the world, the US went has been in longest running double war in Afghanistan and Iraq. This response murdered more citizens then OBL did in his lifetime. Theses wars has made several million people refugees who may or may not be able to one day return to their homes.
And since a person’s life may not be as valuable to all of us, the US has spent over $1.5 trillion dollars in this nine year long game of hide and seek.
May I remind you that the only beneficiary of these wars continue to be the oil companies that keep raising prices and companies with US military contracts such as Halliburton? You know, that one fat company owned by our previous fat VP?! Yea, that one!
Personally, I would have rather OBL be caught alive and tried for crimes against humanity… at least then, maybe this whole thing would be a bit more believable. I know many of us welcome the news but also wonder it came at a time when the people of the Middle East have risen loud and proud against their oppressors… Just saying!
Violence always begets violence, so let’s pray this news does not bring forth any OBL wanna-be’s. Let’s also pray this doesn’t bring forth any violent or hate responses as we’ve already got word of such thing happening against a mosque in Portland, Maine.
In the meantime, I’ll believe that justice was served when the president’s next statement is that we are FINALLY going to get out of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq… I’m pushing it, right?
Let’s Clear Up a Few Things…
1. Stop reminding me that I’m getting older, I’m happy in my little world where aging (and biological clocks) doesn’t exist!
2. I will not argue with you over a soccer game with your lack of sportsmanship… all that is happening between Algeria and Egypt over the last two World Cup qualifying matches is absurd! Why don’t we rise against the dictatorship in our nations rather then rise to attack each other over a soccer game?
3. I don’t go to a UC but I think its ridiculous that they raise tuition, cut classes and claim it’s to meet administrative costs… Obama, this is why America is behind the rest of the world when it comes to education.
4. Yes I’m self employed, no I will not hire you as my assistant for $15 an hour… just go here to learn more on finding and keeping a job!
5. I’ve blocked most Facebook apps which include Farmville and Cafe World. Basically, I will not help you fertilize your land or eat at your cafe.
6. Yes I tweet… but not every time I go to the bathroom!
7. I’m not a Twilight fan, Edward is NOT cute at all (Jacob is ok) as I prefer my men darker, broader and ones that actually shower! And if I had to pick a skinny white boy, I’d pick Harry Potter…
Thank you! 🙂
Obama’s Health Speech
I watched President Obama’s speech to congress earlier today like most Americans did. I had to agree with most of what he said, talking about providing an option out there for those who can not afford health insurance. Clearing the air of the many misconceptions that has been brought up in the last few months. The speech overall was good but now we await to see what action will take place. My thoughts on this evening…
Click Here to watch the entire speech on CNN
Heckler: There was a heckler in the audience? The audience that was made up of US senators, representatives, global ambassadors and white house staff… who would heckle the president?
South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson yelled out, “you lie!” to the president. Really? Let’s put something in perspective here, Obama is speaking to clarify the plan that he has spoken of since his campaign – which has been quite consistent might I add. Yet rather then to be heard, he’s heckled? Wilson, you just made it even more harder for your republican friends to even try to defy Obama’s plan because now they have to apologize on your behalf… how sad. Whatever happened to the old saying, “you must give respect to earn respect?”
Seeing that and also the congressman with a sign around his neck (“what bill?”), some of the representatives booing and the waving of documents… practically all that was missing was a fist fight. You know like the ones we watch of foreign countries, shake our heads and say, “why can’t they be civilized like we are here?”
Republican Response: With all due respect for Louisiana Representative Charles Boustany, I thought the response was typical. I sadly have to ask, was this prerecorded?
Did the president not just clarify some of those misconceptions that you again are repeating? I’m not sure why the republicans are not working with the president on the issue rather then just sit and disagree. I have to respect Arizona Senator John McCain when he stated on Larry King Live that they can agree to disagree and work together towards the same goal. Again, we await the action to take place.
Personal Experience: I think the plan overall can work. Of course it can use some adjustments and that’s where our politicians that we voted for should work together. Should this plan pass, it will effect the economy by bringing down costs and in the long run make this nation a healthier nation.
I’m currently in a tug of war with MediCare to help get my dad’s prescription coverage taken care of. They want to penalize him for not applying sooner yet one can only apply for certain parts between certain dates. It completely makes no sense and has become ridiculously complex for a man who has worked and paid taxes for over 40 years.
My father and other hard working Americans like him don’t have to be in a tug of war for MediCare their taxes paid for. I hope after the speech tonight, something can be done and proper health care can eventually be passed so that we can have some hope of a healthier America.