Darth Cheney speaks wisdom:
But it’s a– I think important to look at this as a continuum. I mean it’s not just on one day you get up, bang, and you got Osama bin Laden. It’s the kind of thing where an awful lot of people over a long period of time, thousands have worked this case and worked these issues and followed up on the leads and captured bad guys and interrogated them and so forth.
So I think it could be looked upon as a collective effort by our military and intelligence personnel– and by a lot of our civilian leaders. And in the final analysis we demonstrated conclusively that the American government takes very seriously our responsible to bring justice, if you will, or to bring to justice somebody like Bin Laden who’s committed this terrible outrage, killing– 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
And I think the way for us to think about it is– is to think about it as part of a collective effort. It started in the Clinton administration, was carried forward very aggressively in the Bush administration and now the Obama administration with the– the results that we’re all very pleased to see today.
Love him or hate him – or be somewhere in the middle about him – Big Dick Cheney has the right of it here. I think it really was effort that spanned three administrations and no amount of posturing by any faction can change that.
The narrative is already written. For one side it’s “OBAMA GOT HIM.” For the other it’s “TORTURE WORKED.” I seriously doubt either of those is true. I think there were a million little successes and a million little errors and the reason we got Osama in the end is that three administrations continued to doggedly do the grunt work needed to track a fugitive. It was, in a way, an international example of good old fashioned police work. Only it ended with the mass murdering son of a pig shot in his forehead while hiding behind a woman, like a little pussy-man.