Americans shouldn’t do cowboy justice. The Bush clan could get away with it because they had no vision of alternatives. Our current Commander in Change can’t, shouldn’t. Monsters get justice too.
No matter how it gets packaged, If it is possible for armed military services to find and get in close personal contact with Osama Bin Laden, it’s possible for us to take him into custody and out of play in other ways. We don’t as a nation accept even the best of evidence as presented by our policing representatives as a given, even for blowhard idiots. We seek justice; justice affirms that we are what makes for a good and honest America/American.
I write this recognizing that few want to hear it. The populist trend is toward being happy that we used our military might to hurt someone we don’t like. That, however, isn’t what we knew undergirded the president we selected; not this guy. Progressives wouldn’t have founded our change hopes on that. Instead, what took place was yet another continuation of the same old, same old.
This is the same problem that made me put together Divorcing Obama, The Book. The First Family’s close association with masking progress in the form of sympathy for those who respond to calls for duty or war services is not what the nation needs. It won’t help us multi-nationally; won’t help philosophically.
I’m sorry we did it.
What we need are the headaches associated with capturing and holding our enemies and figuring out what to do with them. The ugliness of principles keeps us from inadvertently cutting out other new paths toward far worse uglinesses.
We’ve had many national horrors in the past – people, creatures, monsters who have hurt and destroyed innocent people because of their weird eccentricities or because they are mad, crazy mad. We’ve “known” they were the guilty parties. Yet we didn’t, we couldn’t bypass the system that we put in place to protect what they don’t deserve. We never put in place a system to pretend that because they are monsters they don’t get treated the same.
We should not have taken the path of least resistance. We should have found a way to augment what did occur with the resources needed for mission capture not mission kill. If we can get a dozen in, we can get three dozen in. Is the technology all that different?
That’s just the way it has to be. And I, for one, will not accept presidential initiatives as being successful when they fail to stay true to their core vows.
What excuse comes next for why we have to wait for fundamental improvements in empowering people, communities, ideals?