On Sunday evening this man
had this man murdered.
Or not. In the same way 9/11, The Media Event was presented to the world, the assassination of Osama bin Laden was rolled out, full of conflicting details from our military and intelligence agencies, just like 9/11. The entire world is reacting to an event that may never have occurred, is unverifiable, regardless of the final decision to release a photo of the corpse. If you believe the worlds bogeyman existed as portrayed, then you’ll probably accept an image as genuine, and if you believe it was a sham all along, then you won’t. It makes no difference at all to the powers that be if you accept their reality or not.
So this caps a few weeks that saw Obama release his birth certificate- or not, depending – as well as his deft slaying of rival Donald Trump at the Correspondents dinner to the amusement of his base. The man is on a roll, to put it mildly. He’s assured re-election, not that it was ever in doubt, despite what cable media attempts to drum up, he faces no competition at all from a generally loathed GOP. Obama controls the narrative, and while it might be comforting to think that the death of bin Laden will in any way change our military posture around the world, its not realistic. The supposed computer and hard drives that contain a “treasure trove” of data gathered during the raids are reportedly being examined “at a secret location in Afghanistan,” and a ‘volume of other materials’ that would be “exploited and analysed” has already begun to arrive at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
The key word being “exploited”. I’m quite sure that the material “found” on this mythical computer will contain enough “threats” to keep our military and CIA wrecking havoc on innocents around the globe- and at home- for generations to come. They only need the barest of pretexts, after all, because if the Congress of the United States is no longer allowed to vote on military action, We The People sure as hell aren’t. No, we only pay for them- via taxes, or with our lives, but beyond that, a tyrant needs nothing more from his subjects. And Obama, just as Bush before him, and whomever follows Obama in 2016, are assuredly tyrants, for sadly our system, and more importantly us, are too weak to combat them in any meaningful way. Short of a military revolt, we are locked into this narrative seemingly without end. Just as sports bars around the nation erupted in drunken shouts of “USA!” when bombs lit up the skies over Baghdad in 2003, the crowds in Times Square went nuts Sunday night, cheering an illegal targeted killing put into motion by a single man. If this doesn’t scare you, then you really don’t pay much attention to the realities of the world you live in. Or you have devised some sort of moral sliding scale that says that our President has the right to reach out and slay anyone in the world he cares to, as long as they are the bad guys. Bad guys as defined by him, of course.
So for now Obama is riding a wave of public approval- up 9 points post bin Laden murder. Who cares if the man controlling the world’s largest military- and economy- feels completely unrestrained by any silly notion like a rule of law or Constitutional government. He’s such a nice man, surely the most benevolent and intelligent tyrant we’ve seen in years. Ask Bradley Manning about that. So take a moment from your shouts of “America Uber Alles”, oh, sorry, “USA Fuck Yeah!” and take a look at what actually occurred- or didn’t.