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May 2nd, 2011
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Bin Laden? Bin Shot.

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From:theferrett
Date:May 2nd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)

Re: In Which Ferrett Discusses The Death Of Bin laden

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I don't know if you heard, but the speech took place on the eighth anniversary of "Mission Accomplished." Obama knows what that means.
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From:madlori
Date:May 2nd, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)

Re: In Which Ferrett Discusses The Death Of Bin laden

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Also the anniversary of the day Hitler's death was announced. Coincidental things are coincidental.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)

Re: In Which Ferrett Discusses The Death Of Bin laden

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They had the entire mission in place and ready to go since Thursday night. They put it off until Sunday night to get maximum weekday news coverage, didn't want to have to compete with wedding bullshit on Friday and knew that cancelling the White House Correspondent's dinner would have set up some red warning flags.

Obama actually gave the order Friday morning, which puts some of his jokes Saturday night into a whole new context.
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From:theferrett
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)

Re: In Which Ferrett Discusses The Death Of Bin laden

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I know. It's kind of great. Even if he didn't have guaranteed success.
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From:bart_calendar
Date:May 2nd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)

Re: In Which Ferrett Discusses The Death Of Bin laden

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The interesting thing is he knew about this in early March which is when the royal wedding invitations were being sent out. People made a bit of a fuss about him not being invited - though I now wonder if he didn't ask to not be invited because he knew he'd be planning the last minute details of a major military strike at the time.
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From:flirtaciousj
Date:May 5th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)

Re: In Which Ferrett Discusses The Death Of Bin laden

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My understanding is that the order was given on Friday, the operation was on for Saturday, but weather forced the postponement until Sunday.

I seriously doubt this mission was timed for news coverage. If the operation had gone toes-up (Desert One Redux), then that would have been timed maximally as well. If political motivations were driving this truck, then the order would never have been given, because this was a "bet your Presidency" moment. It would always have been easier to say "hey, we weren't sure, it's a populated area in another country ... " and not go. But Obama didn't do that. That takes big brass ones, and the fact that the operation came off doesn't mean we should think for a moment that the outcome was inevitable, or even overwhelmingly likely.
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