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What Osama bin Laden accomplished

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Osama bin Laden is dead now, and I don’t mourn him. OTOH, one must recognize that, in terms of his self-assigned mission, he accomplished a lot. Radley Balko has a good summary:

n The Looming Tower, the Pulitzer-winning history of al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, author Lawrence Wright lays out how Osama bin Laden’s motivation for the attacks that he planned in the 1990s, and then the September 11 attacks, was to draw the U.S. and the West into a prolonged war—an actual war in Afghanistan, and a broader global war with Islam.

Osama got both. And we gave him a prolonged war in Iraq to boot. By the end of Obama’s first term, we’ll probably top 6,000 dead U.S. troops in those two wars, along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans. The cost for both wars is also now well over $1 trillion.

We have also fundamentally altered who we are. A partial, off-the-top-of-my-head list of how we’ve changed since September 11 . . .

Continue reading for a list of 13 major changes in the US due to bin Laden’s activities.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 May 2011 at 8:54 am

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  1. Who said he’s dead, The USG ?

    I imagine he is having his supper right about now in a Frankfurt USAFB getting ready for his evening briefing, after all and conveniently, there were no witnesses attesting to his death.

    I want to see the pictures…..as do many others, I am sure…

    Nick

    3 May 2011 at 9:16 am

  2. Nick it seems you will get your wish, according to http://www.drudgereport.com/

    Zach

    3 May 2011 at 10:51 am

  3. Thanks Zach ! I don’t feel like such a lone wolf anymore :)

    I loved one comment from the many reports:

    “…Donald Trump doesn’t think Bin Laden is dead, and wants to see his death certificate…”

    Nick

    3 May 2011 at 11:46 am

  4. Drudge Report is not very reputable…

    Anthony

    3 May 2011 at 2:29 pm

  5. Nick: I laughed out loud. Great line.

    UPDATE: And, it just occurred to me, not only is it an extremely funny line, this is the only time it will ever be funny. Within ten years probably, and 25 years certainly, it won’t be funny because it will require too much explanation.

    LeisureGuy

    3 May 2011 at 2:54 pm

  6. I was on the floor when I read it and had to share, glad you enjoyed it.

    A very good point you make about the spontaneity and relevancy of humor as it relates to time.

    Nick

    3 May 2011 at 3:22 pm

  7. Well, one can think of many jokes that must go back to the dawn of language, much like myths, legends, and fairy tales (speaking generically, not specifically the European genre). Folktales, that’s the word. And physical humor might have begun even before language—based on watching cats at play with each other.

    LeisureGuy

    3 May 2011 at 3:27 pm

  8. Still, the humor that is intensely funny but only in the context of the current moment—the news, culture, celebs, gadgets, fashions, etc., etc.—is very good, I think. It reminds me of flowers that bloom and then are gone. Some of the humor is gone within a year, some overnight, like Vaughn Meader’s JFK act.

    Of course, a fair amount of such topical humor—most, I would guess—is derived from a template, possibly an ancient template, with the referents simply updated. But some is indeed a part of the fabric of the moment and, like the flower, lives briefly but with billions of fellow flowers in each season, and more generations to come. Less fancifully, the creation of humor packaged in memes seems to be a part of creative cultural drive. Since humor is by nature anti-authoritarian, its supply varies somewhat depending on the nature of the society.

    LeisureGuy

    3 May 2011 at 3:42 pm

  9. guy goes into a bar and asks the bartender “make it a …Bin laden, please”

    Bartender looks inquisitively at the Man that quickly responds” “it’s two shot’s and a splash of water …”

    Nick

    6 May 2011 at 4:01 pm


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