Osama bought the farm! It’s like bedding your old girlfriend for the first time at the tenth reunion: It’s sweet but it’s not what it could have been then!
And there goes the election, I am afraid. Fact is that it seems to be a Leon Panetta operation. President Obama chose him to head the CIA and allowed him to do his job. I had harsh words for Panetta, my near- neighbor, when he was appointed. I was at least partly wrong. Panetta also let the professionals in the CIA do their job. It wasn’t always obvious he would. If the first report is correct, there is additional aesthetic satisfaction in the fact the the terrorist poster-boy was killed in a firefight, more or less western-style. His death via a bomb would have provided far less satisfaction. Of course, don’t expect the worldwide violent jihad to stop. It will get worse before it gets better, I think.
There are commentaries in Al Jazeera in English protesting Bin Laden being buried at sea. I have not heard this anywhere else on English-language of French language media. It would be interesting and disappointing if it were true. (I am not saying it is.) We don’t need another presidentially engineered mystery.