Sunday was an historic day for America, an historic victory in the War on Terror - Usama Bin Laden, the man who had ordered the death of over 3,000 Americans on 9/11, had finally been killed. It was also an historic revelation that, conducting the war according to far-left liberal policies would have prevented this day from ever happening.
If the United States had not been conducting a War on Terror in the Middle East, Bin Laden would still be alive. Yesterday, Karl Rove did something that President Obama was unable to do – thank former President Bush for his efforts in bringing those responsible for 9/11 to justice. In an Op-Ed on Fox News, Rove explained that Bush “policies provided the tools that led to the discovery of Bin Laden’s hiding place.” It was Bush who ordered American forces into Afghanistan, setting up the framework of U.S. policy for how to conduct the war, while eventually uprooting the Taliban and forcing Bin Laden to flee into neighboring Pakistan. It was at this point that Bush developed an interrogation policy that would prove key in finding Bin Laden.
If Guantanamo Bay had been closed and coercive tactics not used on its prisoners, Bin Laden would still be alive. Obama himself sought to appease his liberal base by signing a largely symbolic, yet unrealistic executive order to close Guantanamo Bay. The vision of that order never came to fruition, to the benefit of this nation. The Australian reported that “the man who led them to the al-Qa'ida leader was a trusted courier, identified by several detainees under questioning.” That identification was confirmed by two other sources, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi. How was that information attained? The AP is reporting that “CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.” Essentially, the identity of Bin Laden’s courier was extracted from former Guantanamo prisoners, using interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Romania and Poland. Fortunately, those tactics were practiced during the Bush era, prior to Obama signing another executive order which formally banned torture. Proof of the interrogations and Guantanamo playing a vital role in this operation came in the form of a 2008 document drop by Wikileaks.
Speaking of Wikileaks, had proponents of the open government platform had their way, and details of this mission were released to the public, Bin Laden would still be alive. Early suspicions that Bin Laden had been located cropped up in August of 2010, when the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was discovered. Operations were planned in a series of meetings between the President and the National Security Council in mid-March. Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has stated that the organization’s goal ‘is to force governments into total transparency by making all official documents available to the public.’ Had documents, plans, and meeting notes been released prior to the day the actual operation was carried out, Bin Laden would easily have escaped.
And finally, had the military exercised a liberal war tactic known as ‘courageous restraint’, Bin Laden would still be alive. One year ago, NATO developed a plan to reward troops for exercising ‘courageous restraint’, in the hopes they would avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives in a firefight. In the firefight which eventually took down Bin Laden, a woman, possibly one of the terrorist’s wives, was used as a human shield. Had American forces thought twice about killing a civilian in this case, exercising ‘courageous restraint’, the operation may not have gone so smoothly. American lives may have been lost; the mission may not have been accomplished.
The victory that America can finally celebrate ten years after 9/11 is possible in spite of liberal peacenik platforms, not because of them. What does it say about these platforms that they are clearly losing policies, revealed on a day that America clearly won?
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