On this date in history, May 1st, 1931, the Empire State Building Opened. It would be the tallest building in the world for 41 years. On this same day, May 1st, 1967, Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu. They stayed married for 6 years. In 1991 on May 1st, Nolan Ryan, a 44-year-old pitcher for the Texas Rangers, threw his seventh and final no-hitter in a career that lasted 27 years. He did it against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was the only player to pitch for all four MLB expansion teams. I was sitting in an airport in Phoenix at the time, waiting for a plane.
Trying not to be too tongue-in-cheek, on the first day of May of this year, an American Military Special Forces Seal Team located and shot Osama Bin Laden in the head. It took ten years. The President ordered the mission personally, and announced it personally, following a teaser that flowed across television screens telling us little more than the President was going to address the Nation on a matter of extreme importance. Wow, if that didn’t get our interest. After I heard the short speech, I was pissed I missed the rest of the “Dateline” show I was watching.
They were trying to make this announcement seem as monumental as the end of hostilities in Europe, VE Day. The attack on the World Trade Center was continually compared to Pearl Harbor. I don’t think so. This was certainly a momentus event, but my first take on it, was why did it take so long?
Then I went right to how convenient the timing was. That this monumental event is pulled off while our President is gearing up for a re-election campaign. Then they dropped the body in the ocean? They said they did that because they didn’t think they could find a country to take the body. Did they even ask? Was that burial at sea personally ordered by Obama after bragging about having the body? Then they said it was to honor the Islāmic religion by giving Bin Laden a quick burial. Okay. And they at least tell us they did DNA testing and confirmed it was him. Good. But there were no pictures of the body? What? Yeah, I only saw pictures of the bed? Not okay.
Waving a flag, and chanting “U.S.A.” is still over the top for me, but I do have some top questions. He is found, confirmed, and killed in a million dollar facility, built especially for him, ONE-HALF MILE from a Pakistani Military Academy. Come on. How does that happen with a cooperating government? So he’s not living in caves in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan like you told me? Was he ever?
Instead of making a logical disposition of the Osama Bin Laden “search and destroy” mission which lasted ten years, instead, the U.S. Government has decided to once again leave the whole thing open to conspiracy theorists. Have any of you seen the body? Do we as citizens harbor any trust issues with the federal government? Will all of us who doubt this execution, be called “Doubting Thomas?” Show me the body. Otherwise this could be seen as a military tactic, not to mention a public relations tactic for the re-election of the President.