Video: Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden Dead

Photo credit, Manuel Balce Ceneta, The Columbian

The streets in DC are filling with jubilant Americans chanting USA, USA!

Initial reports said he was killed in a drone attack, but it was a human operation, authorized to proceed by Obama, on Friday.

Here’s video of Obama making the announcement, earlier, tonight:

The NYTs reports:

President Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation he ordered Sunday inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist. American officials were in possession of his body, he said.

“On nights like this one, ‘’ the president said, “we can say that justice has been done.’’

The fate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al Qaeda number two in command, was unclear.

The death of Mr. Bin Laden is a defining moment in the American-led war on terrorism. What remains to be seen is whether the death of the leader of Al Qaeda galvanizes his followers by turning him into a martyr, or whether it serves as a turning of the page in the war in Afghanistan and gives further impetus to the Obama administration to bring American troops home.

President Obama said that on Sunday, a small team of U.S. operatives launched a “targeted assault’’ on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad where months of intelligence work had established that Mr. Bin Laden was living. Mr. Bin Laden was killed after a firefight, and the troops took custody of his body.

The killing ended a 10-year manhunt in which Mr. Bin Laden repeatedly eluded his pursuers, deeply frustrating the Bush administration and counterterrorism officials.

The US apparently has bin Laden’s body.


Fans attending the Mets-Phillies game chanted, USA! USA! as news of bin Laden’s death spread:

 The Blaze reports:

NBC’s David Gregory tweets that the U.S. is “ensuring bin Laden’s body is handled in accordance with Islamic tradition.”

Fox News: It appears compound built about five years ago, specifically designed to protect bin Laden — suggests the terror leader felt VERY comfortable living in that region of Pakistan.

More details via NRO’s Dan Foster:

One of the special-ops helicopters reportedly suffered mechanical difficulties and crash landed onsite. It was destroyed by U.S. forces.

Bin Laden was killed along with two al Qaeda couriers and one of Bin Laden’s adult sons. A woman who was used as a human shield by one of the couriers was also reportedly killed. Several other women were wounded and are reportedly receiving treatment.

See also:

Gateway Pundit: OBL’s 2 Wives and 6 Children Arrested – Mansion on Fire (Video)

Hot Air for lots more information, and The Jawa Report for more cowbell.

The first Osama in hell photoshop hits the net.

BMW: Trump: ‘Obama Needs to Show Us The Body’

Hours after hearing President Barack Obama tell the world Sunday night that terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden is dead, billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump is demanding the White House produce the body of the Al-Qaeda terror mastermind.


Michelle Malkin: All About Obama: Who’s politicizing bin Laden kill?

Daily Mail: Shootout, no surrender and carried away on foot after U.S. chopper broke down: Dramatic reconstruction of how hit squad finally took out Bin Laden

Gateway Pundit: Pakistanis Stunned and Angered at News of Osama’s Death

Philip Klein, Beltway Confidential: Bin Laden raid was culmination of years of work, senior administration officials say

Weasel Zippers: Bin Laden Supporters in Britain Love Him “The Way They Care About Their Own Parents”…

Weasel Zippers: Hamas Chief Condemns Killing of “Arab Holy Warrior” Osama bin Laden, Calls Him a “True Believer and Martyr”…

AP: Official: Bin Laden buried at sea

The Blaze: AP Sources: DNA Testing Proves bin Laden is Dead

The Blaze: Now That OBL’s Dead, Will al-Qaeda Unleash ‘Nuclear Hellstorm?‘ Wikileaks Says ’Yes’

Photoshop: The Statue of Liberty Responds To Bin Laden Demise


I didn’t want to snipe, today…but other people are noticing the same annoying thing I noticed in Obama’s speech – (so it’s not just me):

Weasel Zippers:

I directed Leon Pannetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority”

I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden”

I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden”

I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Usama bin Laden and bring him to justice”

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad Pakistan”

I have made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam; bin Laden was not a Muslim leader”

Laura Ingraham’s been hammering the same point on the radio, this morning, also noting his graceless refusal to give his predecessor any credit for his work in the war on terror overseas contingency operations, instead using the occasion to take a little swipe at Bush.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


Poll: New Tone Nominees April 23-30

Sanctimonious lefties love to blast conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse. The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who wallow in this hypocrisy. You’ll notice some repeat offenders, and familiar odious themes in today’s poll – Palin-bashing, Christian-bashing, and the good old race card is coming back strong.

I’m a bit late with this – I had an out of town trip, and a First Communion, this weekend. Normally the vote starts on Friday, and runs through the weekend. This weekend, it’s starting late Sunday, and running through Monday.

As always, you can make up to 3 selections, but you can only vote once, at Left-wing institute for Civil Discourse:

LA Times Columnist, Meghan Daum, Calls Sarah Palin a ‘Special-Needs Case’

“Even Traister, an unabashed liberal and feminist who writes for the left-leaning online magazine Salon, is evidence of the way thoughtful writers treat Palin as a special-needs case…If there was ever a candidate who brought out the worst in people, who encouraged hollow rejoinders but made honest analysis almost impossible, it is she”.

Maher denounced Tea Party followers as “sad, unfortunate people” because they are “corporate America’s useful idiots” who don’t allow “facts” to “get in that tin foil helmet.”

Then he employed his usual “tea-baggers” phrase, but CBS silenced the “baggers” so viewers heard dead air when Maher spoke that foul term:

I don’t have any respect, no, I don’t have any respect for the tea-(baggers) [word silenced] and I do call them the tea-(baggers) [word silenced again] — even though they hate it. I will stop calling them Tea-(baggers) [word silenced for a third time] when they stop calling it Obamacare, that’s my deal.

Apparently, Jesus is a socialist. And, luckily, O’Donnell doesn’t come across as smug, self-righteous and sanctimonious in this clip.

This is what the Republican Party stands for, though: racism. I think Donald Trump is a racist.

Tavis Smiley on Tuesday said the upcoming presidential race is “going to be the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this republic.”

One more sign the Age of Civility is over: an MSNBC host urging Dems to be more “vicious” toward Republicans. Oh, and to engage in more “name-calling.”Apparently writing off any career ambitions of succeeding to the Miss Manners slot, Cenk Uygur issued his recommendations last night in the course of disagreeing with a Dem congressman who was insufficiently coarse for Cenk’s taste.

First, bringing up Transcriptism, Clarence Page chuckled that “He [Trump] must have his presidents mixed up,” meaning it must be Bush who needed special help to get into Yale (and Harvard Business).

They both had themselves a laugh at that. How dumb Bush is! They’ve been saying that for ten years, of course.

Then, next segment, still marveling that only a racist could question a president’s academic ability, he said, quote, “They would never say this about a white president!!!”

Um? Didn’t you? Like five minutes ago?

Didn’t you? For ten years straight?

And then, in case you completely forgot about the last ten years, I repeat: Didn’t you just five minutes ago?

I’ll let NewsBusters tell you what happened, but let’s just say it includes Joy Behar calling Sarah Palin “illiterate” while comparing her to “jock itch,“ and also a panel member piling on by making the curious charge that Palin is ”anti-semetic:”

On Wednesday’s edition of the Rosie O’Donnell show, Rosie went after Sarah Palin as an ignoramus as she lamented that Obama had to go through hoops to produce a birth certificate: “[Obama] has just released his actual birth certificate…He asked [Hawaii] to break their law and release it to shut all these idiots up.”

But when you start attacking other people as ignorant, it’s probably a bad idea to start mangling words and getting things wrong: “Sarah Palin has ushered in a whole new level of ignorance as a consumerable quantity.” Consumerable? If Palin said “consumerable,” how many reporters and comedians would rejoice? (See “refudiate.”)

Rosie then said “When she was running, it was almost like a joke that she would say the things that she did, like ‘I can see Russia from my house.’” It wasn’t “almost” a joke. It was actually a joke by Tina Fey — and not something Palin actually said.

Pledge as little as possible, so the rednecks who always demand spending cuts are satisfied.
Seriously, the Koch brothers who own Georgia Pacific and many other entities, are against federal and state social spending. They created the “tea party movement” with their massive fortunes. Now they should put their money where their mouths are. Each of these brothers own 21.5 billion dollars each. Consider this: each billion is 1000 million, so each of them are hoarding 21,500 million dollars for a grand total of 43,000 million dollars. I’d like to invite these American oligarchs to loosen some money from their purse strings and lead by example. give as much money as possible so that federal and state funds will not be necessary to help the people in the red states (their natural base). Thoughts?
Bonus tweet to yours truly:
bruskiz bruskiz

@NiceDeb How about that global warming? Wait, you neocons don’t believe in that. More witches like you mean more tornadoes.

Place your vote(s) here.


Your Sunday Hymn: Morning has broken

Once upon a time, Cat Stevens  – now Yusuf Islam,  wrote brilliant and beautiful music. Like Morning is Broken, which is sung in churches all across the world:

According to Songfacts, the tune for Morning is broken was actually borrowed from an old Scottish children’s hymn:

Stevens got the lyrics from a hymn book he found at a bookstore while looking for song ideas. It was a children’s hymn by Eleanor Farjeon, who also wrote a lot of children’s poetry. Stevens explained on The Chris Isaak Hour: “I accidentally fell upon the song when I was going through a slightly dry period and I needed another song or two for Teaser And The Firecat. I came across this hymn book, found this one song, and thought, This is good. I put the chords to it and then it started becoming associated with me.”
Children in England would have heard Farjeon’s hymn in primary school. Scottish children sang the old Gaelic hymn, “Child in a manger, Infant of Mary” to this tune. This hymn predated “Morning” and was written in Gaelic by Mary MacDonald before being translated into English. For Scottish children it was a Christmas hymn. (thanks, marjorie – san jose, CA)