Click here if you want to say “thank you” to the SEALs who carried out the mission against Osama bin Laden. I know that many people are uncomfortable with any “spiking the football” or celebrating someone’s death, however evil that individual was and however much he was (rightfully) despised. I agree. Having said that, I see no reason why the SEALs shouldn’t be thanked for the brutal training they put themselves through and the risks they took in this mission – and that they often take – for our country. I’d just add that there are a lot of people other than the SEALs who deserve thanks: people in the intelligence services, in the military, and of course in the country’s top leadership team. Thanks to all of them for a job well done.
P.S. In related news, President Obama in New York City today “laid a wreath at the National September 11th Memorial” and spoke “separately to police officers from the city and firefighters at the ‘Pride of Midtown’ Firehouse, Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9 — which lost 15 firefighters at the World Trade Center on 9/11.” As President Obama so eloquently said:
…when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say; that our commitment to making sure that justice is done is something that transcended politics, transcended party; it didn’t matter which administration was in, it didn’t matter who was in charge, we were going to make sure that the perpetrators of that horrible act — that they received justice.
So it’s some comfort, I hope, to all of you to know that when those guys took those extraordinary risks going into Pakistan, that they were doing it in part because of the sacrifices that were made in the States. They were doing it in the name of your brothers that were lost.