Ed Morrissey on the bin Laden Takedown

posted at 1:20 pm on May 2, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

An event of the magnitude of last night’s news was enough tear Ed Morrissey away from his vacation in Italy and compose his thoughts on the historic moment. They are offered up today in a special edition of his regularly appearing column at The Week. And he is not shy of praise for our special forces who accomplished the task.

Even more gratifying is the manner in which bin Laden was found. The trail began in the detention center of Guantanamo Bay, where the nickname of a trusted courier was first divulged to interrogators. It took two years to find the man’s real name, and another eighteen months to establish his patterns. The United States patiently deduced that bin Laden had holed up almost in plain sight near the capital of Pakistan, and then waited for the right moment to strike.

America rightly will celebrate bin Laden’s demise. After that, the question will be this: what next? We still need to find Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian who served as bin Laden’s lieutenant and who presumably will take command of Al Qaeda now. During the past couple of years, the Qaeda affiliate network of Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemini-American cleric has presented more of a danger to the United States than bin Laden, and with the present unrest in Yemen, that danger will only increase.

Ed also feels this will send a powerful message, not only to our enemies, but one of inspiration and hope to those fighting against evil.

But even with that said, the targeting and destruction of the world’s most-wanted terrorist will have a deep symbolic and operational impact on Al Qaeda. For years, the network could reassure itself with the fact that the Americans hadn’t been able to touch the man who professed to be acting for Allah, and who served as their inspiration. His death at the hands of U.S. forces cannot help but to shake that faith, and that may end up being the most powerful blow America could possibly deliver to the radical Islamists who demand world domination.

If we can find and kill Osama bin Laden, we can find and kill the rest of them, too. And now they know it.

In the now traditional format of the blogosphere… read the whole thing.


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Yep… hunt them all down and kill them all…

Khun Joe on May 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Praise be to Allah.

John the Libertarian on May 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Ed leaves the country.
Bin Laden is killed.

Yeeeeeah… like we actually belive that “Captain” Ed is really in Rome.

Abby Adams on May 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Ed leaves the country.
Bin Laden is killed.

Yeeeeeah… like we actually belive that “Captain” Ed is really in Rome.

Abby Adams on May 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Awesome!

thebrokenrattle on May 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

They know our military has the patience to wait and get it right, even if the general public is concerned with other things. Let them be afraid, very afraid.

txmomof6 on May 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

The ungracious and not-so-great man and president Obama didn’t find it in him to say something like this “it took years of effort and patience on the part of our intelligence and other forces, beginning with the Bush administration, and continuing with mine…”, alas…

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM

ha, that pic…and I thought I had the fattest head in the world

Alden Pyle on May 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM

“You can run but you can’t hide.”

Heh.

Wethal on May 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM

As*holes at CNN and elsewhere

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM

This intel dates back to at least 2005. They should all have a sphincter spasm over what else we know.

ace tomato on May 2, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Yeeeeeah… like we actually belive that “Captain” Ed is really in Rome.
Abby Adams on May 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Shhhhhh……we don’t reveal the identities of Seal Team 6 members…….

Vyce on May 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Ed leaves the country.
Bin Laden is killed.

Yeeeeeah… like we actually belive that “Captain” Ed is really in Rome.

Abby Adams on May 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The last thing Bin Laden saw was the light reflected off a shiny head…

MadisonConservative on May 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Ed don’t let your head get too big, but you can see we really miss you. Raise a glass to celebrate and we’ll have a virtual salute to OBL at room temperature. I heard something about the 72 virgins having their legs crossed, but let’s just celebrate that he is no longer emitting carbon. : ))

Angry Dumbo on May 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Ed leaves the country.
Bin Laden is killed.

Yeeeeeah… like we actually belive that “Captain” Ed is really in Rome.

Abby Adams on May 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Beautiful! I’ll have to show the Captain a LOT more respect from now on! ;)

jwolf on May 2, 2011 at 1:32 PM

So Ed … what about the real likelihood that OBL met Allah on Easter … the ultimate defeat of Evil by Good?

Texas Gal on May 2, 2011 at 1:34 PM

If we can find and kill Osama bin Laden, we can find and kill the rest of them, too. And now they know it.

Fox had Ollie North on about 15 minutes ago, and he recounted something Reagan said to a group once about terrorists: (paraphrasing) “You can run, but you can’t hide. And you’re going to die tired.”

Go U.S. military and intelligence communities. We want you on that wall. We need you on that wall.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Beinart “The War on Terror is Over”.

Heh, he called it “the war on terror”, not heeding the leftie message.

Plus, he couldn’t be more wrong. Zarquawi’s death was but a tip of a needle for what all followed and is still not over.

Big things to come. The wild ones are not totally inflamed and ready for revenge.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 1:35 PM

So UBL got the Che Guevarra treatment? Awesome.
How long before the UBL t-shirts go on sale on Ivy League campuses?

james23 on May 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The wild ones are not now totally inflamed

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

So Ed … what about the real likelihood that OBL met Allah on Easter … the ultimate defeat of Evil by Good?

Texas Gal on May 2, 2011 at 1:34 PM

So, what are you saying here? That hell is Queens? lol!

Blake on May 2, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I think it’s great that bin Laden was tracked down through his couriers.

We were tracking them through cell phones and email, so they stopped using those. OBL was in a compound that had no phone and no internet. He was using multiple layers of couriers as his only outside connection and we got him.

Terrorists everywhere should take note. Once you’re on our radar, your choice is to completely cut yourself off from all communication with the outside world or to start planning your own funeral.

JadeNYU on May 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Is Ed Morrissey your real name?

I pinky swear not to tell anyone.

GrannyDee on May 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM

From the Michael Moore latrine

“Pundit Hawks on all networks now still trying to stoke the fear: “This doesn’t mean the war on terror is over! It could get worse!” #STFU”

“No matter what Obama says, bin Laden’s not dead until Donald Trump see’s his death certificate. #Deathers”

“From @Oprah : Does this mean the war is over? (Yes, say it is so, Mr. President.)”

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM

So what’s Barry’s take on waterboarding now?

GarandFan on May 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Good column from Ed. I like the fact that he is getting some decent down time with his bride in an interesting part of the world.

Today is a good day, regardless of what comes tomorrow.

itzWicks on May 2, 2011 at 2:05 PM

After that, the question will be this: what next? We still need to find Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian who served as bin Laden’s lieutenant and who presumably will take command of Al Qaeda now.

..somebody cue Martha and the Vandellas..

The War Planner on May 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM

lol looks like cee lo

tlynch001 on May 2, 2011 at 2:16 PM

The Oval Office Temp, M.T.Suit, knew he had to do something to stop the decline in his poll numbers. Other questions have arisen:

How long have we had the information?
Why wait until now?
What happens to global terrorists now?
Will M.T.Suit pursue other terrorists or continue to lead from the rear?

SeniorD on May 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

So Ed… How are you gonna top this next time?

Khun Joe on May 2, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Looking at the timeline up to Osama’s death, it appears a lot was getting done at the same time Obama and ALL the other Democrats were bit**ing, whining, pi**ing and moaning about that “evil” George Bush, Gitmo, and Everything else that was wrong with this country.

RADIOONE on May 2, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Ed (Airplane!, 1980):

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue go on vacation.

Sir Napsalot on May 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Ed:
Be very careful while you are abroad…especially in those places where American tourists congregate…please.

d1carter on May 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Large scale terrorist organizations have proven to be somewhat resilient: Hezbollah lost Mugniyah a couple of years ago and now controls Lebanon, FARC has had the US and Colombia going after it for 15 years and while it is now driven mostly from Colombia it has refuge in Venezuela and ingress to the Mexican drug cartels. HAMAS is untouched, and while some cross-contacts will be taken in, the organization will not go until the Muslim Brotherhood goes… and they have their fingers in Sudan, Algeria, Morocco and even as far off as Pakistan… the MB was the organization that set up bin Laden, Zawahiri and sponsored Zarqawi.

The MB is supported by “our friends” the Saudis and has been since the 1950′s.

The point of getting OBL is that if you are in an active theater of war, participate against the US in planning/coordinating/funding/staging attacks then we can get you. If you are in a semi-lawless area where we have some assets, like we did in Kenya going after the al Qaeda off-shoots there, then we can hamper you and possibly thwart you. If you are in the Tri-Border Area in S. America we won’t touch you. Ditto in Brazil, Ecuador, Congo…

Are we going to invade places like, say, Germany which have active aQ cells? The UK? France? Italy? Spain? Yes we have lovely agreements with our NATO Allies, but they did not go after these cells before 9/11 and a few of them haven’t done much SINCE 9/11, either. To root out aQ the MB must go, and the entire culture that exists in Wahabbi supporting KSA must go. aQ was just one of their tools, just a branch of this noxious weed… it is not the weed, itself and still nowhere near the root of it.

Some terrorists will be more wary, yes.

Others seeking to bring us down that we do not address? That we are not actively going after? That supply narcotics, arms and training in Mexico? Are we going to get serious about all of them? Or just walk guns across the border to help them out….

Yes, I do applaud getting OBL. He was a horrific actor on the world’s stage and even had a brief lead role for a few months. Nearly 10 years on if we think that just information will stop terrorists, then we have a lot more blood coming our way because we are asking for it. The entire West is asking for it. Because we do not treat war done by individuals and groups as actual war… the nastiest, least civilized and most destructive kind there is as it destroys the meaning of Nations.

Do not lose sight of the target.

Because our enemies have not lost track of us.

ajacksonian on May 2, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Dude. A little talcum powder on the top of that shiny dome might go a long way.

To: Ed (the Beacon) Morrissey

From: Jim (the toothless Hillbilly) the hillbilly.

hillbillyjim on May 3, 2011 at 5:12 AM