Monday, May 2, 2011

Catching Obama...uh, Osama

If the goal was to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001, why wasn't that the focus of US policy in the intervening years up to this moment of the killing of Bin Laden?

The U.S. has embarked on two major wars, several bombing expeditions, drone attacks, significant nation-building enterprises of democratization at gunpoint, and measures of belligerence that have push the envelope in terms of the preventative war doctrine, the power of the presidency acting in all the world as its jurisdiction, and international law. Meanwhile, civil liberties and due process rights have gone through the shredder. The executive branch detains people for years that it knows are innocent, and many indefinitely that it knows cannot be properly charged and convicted because their rights were abused. We are spied on and groped at airports. Financially, the cost of post-9/11 policy has been in the trillions of dollars. Thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of foreigners have died. And almost none of this had anything to do with killing bin Laden.

How Much of the War was Necessary to Catch Obama?

Uh, that should be Osama in the post title, I think...

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