I’m not much one for gloating when somebody dies, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. The world is better off without Osama Bin Laden, he had plenty of chances to turn himself in peacefully if for some odd reason he had the desire. Not being involved in the administration of justice, I can hope that he felt much pain at the end, although it could ever only be an indetectible fraction of the pain he caused.
Having said that, I feel the need to pull in the reins on some of the memes floating around:
- No, this is not an impressive achievement. This is the mightiest nation on Earth taking over nine years to get one man.
- No, the credit does not all go to Obama. There was a lot of hard work by likely thousands of people that lead to this. Obama seems to have handled himself well in what decisions he had to make (and did not make his predecessor’s mistakes about waffling on how vital it was to get this guy), but I’ll bet that some of the same people who were making good effort under Obama’s leadership were also trying hard in the days before January 2009.
- No, this does not settle the election. Yes, if the election were held tomorrow, Obama would win. If the election were held three days ago, Obama would also win against any announced candidate. The election is almost a year and a half away, and while this may have some lingering boost effect even by then, a metric pantsload of things can happen (or in terms of the economy, fail to happen) between now and then.