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Obama, Lowering the Bar on Capturing or Killing Bin Laden

I know I’m supposed to be outraged that Obama is downplaying the importance of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden.

And yes, this represents another statement expiration date, as Obama’s convention speech included this shameful line:

When John McCain said we could just “muddle through” in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights.  John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell – but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives.

And now, we learn, apparently, Barack Obama won’t go there, either.

But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t acknowledge the war on terror victory that our country has effectively achieved these past seven years or so: Osama bin Laden isn’t gloating over victories, he’s not ruling Pakistan, he’s not even doing much video appearances; only one in the past four years. He’s reduced to sending audio messages calling on other people to fight in his name, with quite meager results.

Isn’t the world’s most wanted terrorist now, essentially… a podcaster?

Actually, isn’t he now just a podcaster, but with poorer audio quality?

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