Whether you are happy or angry, a blog worth writing is born out of deep waters. We’ve had our share of points to ponder since Sunday evening. This post is especially for those who are warning us that, although Osama bin Laden is dead, we must remain very concerned about al-Qaeda retaliation. How we manage our “concern” is central to the peace we are seeking.
I do believe that we must accelerate our proactive advantages; refine our strategic and tactical strengths; multiply our relationships with those who support our intel against all terrorist organizations; and champion peace keeping collaborations. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, has served two Commanders in Chief in the same cabinet position – for President George W. Bush and now for President Barack Obama with “high value” results. That’s a whole other treasure trove of fascinating stories. I can’t help but recommend we all keep a closer ear on Robert ‘Bob’ Gates, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton as we plebes try to wrap our heads around 2011’s globally historic events.
As of yesterday, White House officials and lawmakers from both parties said that bin Laden’s death has not ended the war against al-Qaeda. But bin Laden’s death was seen as a symbolic and strategic blow likely to create chaos within the group and its affiliates. ‘Though bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda is not,’ CIA Director Leon Panetta said in a message to the spy agency’s employees. ‘The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him.’ – USA Today
As of May 3rd, 2011, no specific threat has reached our shores. No doubt they’ll need some time to regroup… if they can.
I see a light piercing through the shadows now that a global precedence has been set by our President. Historically, no President, Prime Minister, or Ruler has ever taken such an elusive psycho warmonger down with this level of efficiency: No multi-billion dollar war; no mass deployment of American soldiers; no innocent civilian casualties… The taking of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) was a game changer. A White House/Pentagon briefing disclosed that Obama and top administration officials monitored the events, of a 40 minute operation, from the Situation Room. I would have called it the Get Down and Pray for the Situation Room. Counter Terrorism Adviser, John Brennan referred to “the situation” as, one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory. Clearly it was a precision win with only bin Laden and his cohorts vanquished. A distinct and terrifying message has been delivered to al-Qaeda and the like.
President Obama has ushered in a new era. It thunders in full victory regalia and roars, This is how we roll!, when it’s time to extinguish the bad guys. A vital page in history has turned. The elegance of his new, real time, beta tested turnkey operation and employ of a flawless team (CIA; Bob Gates; General Patraeus; Navy SEALs; and nameless foreign assets, etc.) sent shock waves across the world, but wait! Did it not also send an icy chill down some very elite homeland backs as well, i.e., greedy Wall Street war corporations/suppliers? The design of the chess board changed in the middle of Sunday’s patriot games. Our President’s “gutsiest call” evinced grit in its truest sense with much more at stake on both domestic and foreign soils.
I bring this up because it’s so obvious and yet too complex for most news media to cover responsibly. And why is that?
Looking ahead, the treacherous path to the President’s success also calls for a paradigm shift in our own values (us voting, active patriots). His ability to reach across the aisle; to put warporations in check (anticipating their profit driven objections); and to keep us safe from al-Qaeda, Sunni extremists, the GSPC, and the ALIR, to name only a few, will demand so much more than what even the Superist Commander in Chief can accomplish on his own. He seriously needs our bipartisan help!
Circling back to al-Qaeda — right now, they couldn’t even hope to find their leader at the bottom of the ocean — as Billy Bob Thornton put it in the film Armageddon, begging your pardon sir but it’s a pretty big-a@@ sky. It’s a pretty big ocean. Although al-Qaeda ranks are estimated in the hundreds (maybe thousands) and have a worldwide reach with cells in a number of countries, my prayer is that God heals the hatred right out of their hearts and minds. That he replaces it with humility and a love for peace. Lord, may they fully disband and acknowledge absolute defeat in “the chaos” of losing their deranged warlord… much the way the Nazi’s melted away after Hitler’s demise. You may think I’m ridiculously idealistic but history, faith, and prayer have not failed us up to this pivotal moment — even when 67% of Americans did not believe OBL could ever be found (according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll).
I don’t want our kids to inherit OBL’s sick and hellish campaign. I equally shudder at the thought of handing them an unethical government divided by fear and greed. Even if you know your congress member or someone in a cabinet level positions, all of this is a conundrum beyond our (quick fix) control. Still, I see that light as it pierces through our darkness and beams into their future. I think about everyone’s prayers both past and present.
And, I reflect gratefully on Sunday, May 1, 2011, when a madman who flew his fanatics into our buildings, and killed thousands over a ten-year reign, was tracked and terminated by our own resolute chief. God continues to move and prove that prayer is more powerful than our scariest enemies and our shrewdest patriot games. Prayer will never disappoint!
Who did this? Who made it happen? Who always gets things started? I did. God. I’m first on the scene. I’m also the last to leave. – Isaiah 41:4 msg