Monday, June 20, 2005

The Seven Percent Solution

Today’s CNN Quick Vote question is as follows:

"If U.S. intelligence officials have an ‘excellent idea’ where Osama bin Laden is, should they go get him?"
The last I checked the results, 93 percent said yes, but 7 percent actually said no. It is mind boggling to me that the numbers aren’t 100 percent yes and 0 percent no instead.

In an attempt to enlighten the seven percent who are actually “on the fence” regarding this matter, allow me to provide my remembrance of a gentleman named Don Havlish, who we frequently ran into in the McCaffrey’s Supermarket. He was a tall, gregarious man who always offered a smile and some friendly words whenever we saw him.

I don’t recall the name of his employer at the World Trade Center, but I believe he worked in the North Tower. Suffice it to say that a femur was his only remains as a result of the attack. All told, Bucks County, PA lost Don Havlish and 18 other people on September 11th.

This is the reason why I don’t want to hear any hand-wringing, equivocating Bushco bullshit from Porter Goss about “a sense of international obligation” and worries about “sanctuaries in sovereign states” when it comes to tracking down bin Laden and slaughtering him like the sick animal that he is. Gee guys, you certainly didn’t worry about these matters when you stormed into Iraq for your illegal war fought for the wrong reasons, did you now?

Of all the epochal failures of the Bush Administration, the inability thus far to apprehend bin Laden is easily the greatest of them all. If we are truly the country we profess to be, then we should enable that to happen with all speed by making a legitimate case to the world community for intervention anywhere that it is necessary and subsequent apprehension. Of course, we squandered so much international good will as a result of Iraq War II that that task will be more difficult than it should be.

The statements of Porter Goss, as far as I’m concerned, is the equivalent of Tom Ridge’s idiotic color-coded security warnings which the White House told him to send out for public consumption just to keep “the faithful” nervous enough to trust everything Bushco did without actually holding up their actions to scrutiny.

If you know where he is, get him. Screw everything else. I don’t want to see bin Laden’s face again unless it’s mounted on a stick with the rest of his severed head (with Al-Zarqawi right behind him in the same disposition) and paraded around the Baghdad town square.

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