In remarks reported by the U.S. government’s official news network, Voice of America, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — like every other Obama administration official this election season — recounts with pride that glorious spring day when, flowers blooming and birds chirping, a team of Navy SEALs found what they admit was an unarmed Osama bin Laden and shot him dead.
While the rah-rah, Obama-got-Osama! stuff is passé and unremarkable at this point, what’s noteworthy is Clinton’s boast in her speech that the bin Laden raid was not out of the ordinary at all. It wasn’t a one-off, spectacularly exceptional raid undertaken because the target was the world’s most wanted terrorist, she says. Gosh no. America does this sort of stuff all the time!
“This may sound really exotic and scary to you all, but we’ve probably done something similar to this – helicopter in, take the target, look for who you’re after, and get out of there – we have probably done it now 1,000 times.”
Indeed, the U.S. military has terrorized the people of Afghanistan for years now with night raids that, according to the occupying force’s own statistics, have killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent civilians. Being poor brown people, though, the dead don’t have names, their passing not trumpeted by every Democratic strategist within shouting distance of a microphone.
Life is so unimportant to self-styled liberal humanitarians that it doesn’t even factor into their ostensibly all-encompassing contingency planning, as Voice of America notes:
Even with that experience on the ground, Clinton said President Barack Obama’s advisors worked through every contingency they could think of in assessing the bin Laden raid: What if something went wrong with the helicopters, like in the failed effort to rescue hostages in Iran in 1980? When was the next moonless night? What would Pakistan do?
Conspicuously not asked: What if the raid ends up killing innocent bystanders? What if it was a case of mistaken identity and Navy SEALs ended up massacring an innocent family? What if, in their zeal to find and kill bin Laden by faking a vaccination a program in effort to track him down by way of DNA, the U.S. government triggered a polio outbreak in Pakistan?
That’s not the only conspicuous absence, though. Check out this description of the raid and see if you can see what’s missing:
As the raid progressed, a helicopter damaged its tail section on a wall of the bin Laden compound, so another chopper was sent in from Afghanistan. SEALs moved women and children from the house to shield them from an explosion set off to destroy the damaged helicopter while other SEALs brought out what they hoped was bin Laden’s body. “All of this is happening – the body is going out, the women and children are coming in, the reserve helicopter is on its way, but it’s not there yet,” Clinton says. “There was a lot of breath-holding.”
Somehow Osama bin Laden went from being Osama bin Laden to being a “body,” yet in a speech dedicated solely to celebrating his killing, how he was actually killed goes unmentioned. Kind of weird — and it kind of makes you wonder: Maybe even the likes of Clinton feel a tinge of shame about an execution-style killing of an unarmed man, no matter how nasty of a man he might have been. Or, perhaps, they just fear bragging about those particulars might remind people that the original tale of a cowardly, trembling Osama hiding behind one of his wives was a lie.
Either way, it’s probably best to keep the story ambiguous.