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US President Barack Obama described the lonely decision he made to mount a Navy SEAL raid to kill Osama bin Laden and called the daring escapade the “most important single day” of his tenure.

In an interview to be broadcast later Wednesday, Obama talked about the nerve jangling moments he endured as he watched the operation, the cloak of secrecy that enveloped it and the moment he saw a photo of the dead Al-Qaeda leader.

I did choose the risk,” Obama told NBC News anchor Brian Williams, in the latest episode of a nearly week-long commemoration of the anniversary of the bin Laden killing.

Oh, my giddy aunt! A week-long commemoration?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 2, 2012, 8:59 pm

He does some really strange things with active/passive tense in that article. Like, “Well, there is no doubt that you don’t sleep as much that evening as you do on a normal night.” Of all the times the man used “I” in the course of explaining events, that’s a bizarre time to switch to “you.”

Not saying it’s anything significant. Just saying, for a sooper genius, the man doesn’t talk good.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:11 pm

Or when somebody asked him if Romney would’ve done the same, instead of saying something not retarded like, “listen to what Romney said in the past and make up your own mind” he actually said, “As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I’d just recommend that everybody take a look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden. I assume that people meant what they said when they said it.”

The great communicator.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:22 pm

And of course the big problem there was that people actually did look at what Romney said.

Interview with AP:

ROMNEY: I think, I wouldn’t want to over-concentrate on Bin Laden. He’s one of many, many people who are involved in this global Jihadist effort. He’s by no means the only leader. It’s a very diverse group—Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and of course different names throughout the world. It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person. It is worth fashioning and executing an effective strategy to defeat global, violent Jihad and I have a plan for doing that.

INTERVIEWER: But would the world be safer if bin laden were caught?

ROMNEY: Yes, but by a small percentage increase—a very insignificant increase in safety by virtue of replacing bin Laden with someone else. Zarqawi—we celebrated the killing of Zarqawi, but he was quickly replaced. Global Jihad is not an effort that is being populated by a handful or even a football stadium full of people. It is—it involves millions of people and is going to require a far more comprehensive strategy than a targeted approach for bin Laden or a few of his associates.

Quite a bit more nuanced and, well, intelligent than Jug-ears’ unseemly chest-beating.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:26 pm

I can hardly believe this. In fact I had to ask Her Stoatliness whether it was some obscure American joke that didn’t cross the pond very successfully.

Apparently not. Apparently NSBC is, indeed, staffed by Obama groupies.

And Fox is led by someone ‘not fitted’ to be in charge of a broadcast network?!

Comment from Brother Cavil, New Caprica City Dept. of Sanitation
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:47 pm

Funny, ever since that slogan came out, I always mentally hooked it up with images of migrating lemmings…

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:48 pm

Obama has said we shouldn’t spike the football. I am convinced that Obama would never spike the football.

Taking a victory lap around the field with the football held triumphantly over his head while fist-pumping is more his style.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:50 pm

The migrating lemmings picture has crossed my mind as well, with Obama Leading From Behind(TM), of course.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:59 pm

That was my first idea, too. But then I thought about drawing all those fucking lemmings and lost the will to Photoshop.

I still find linework incredibly difficult with a tablet. Much easier with pencil and paper, but I’m not really set up to do that.

Comment from Mike James
Time: May 2, 2012, 10:10 pm

Part of his Presidential Kill Force (96% of SEALs and other special operators wash out during the qual course) training involved Escape and Evasion, at which he excelled. He learned to run, hide and live off the land using nothing more than anonymous credit card donations. During the final week, everyone in the class had to trap, kill, skin, cook, and eat a dog.

Comment from Mysterion
Time: May 2, 2012, 10:16 pm

Awesome graphic. I can totally see Hollywood making a movie someday about operation Gutsy Call and using your artwork for the movie poster.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 2, 2012, 11:11 pm

In the interest of full disclosure, that’s an old Rambo poster. Or the box of a video game, perhaps. Hard to tell. The one I used (because it was the largest version I could find) was in French and badly scanned.

Comment from Hon. Joseph R. Bidet
Time: May 3, 2012, 1:48 am

The man has a big stick like a ramrod. He wrestles ever-gators.
It is unprecedented since great damnation.
And I could go on and on. I have been doing that for 386 years.

Comment from Allen
Time: May 3, 2012, 1:59 am

I swear this is no shit… Good grief they can’t even do a grunt/sea story well. They really do think this crap sells. This election is going to be special, in a Joe Biden sort of way.

Comment from Argentium. G. Tiger
Time: May 3, 2012, 2:02 am

Another possible “FORWARD” base picture:

Train wreck at Montparnasse 1895

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: May 3, 2012, 2:25 am

OT, or at best tangential: I would like to direct Ms. Weasel and the commentariat to a Tumblr called “Sloth Unleashed”, although that isn’t the URL: http://mudwerks.tumblr.com/

The guy is a decent musician and uses the Tumblr for self-promotion. Fortunately he also posts a remarkable volume of extremely eclectic variety — antique electric guitars and amps, modern art, drag racers of the Sixties and Seventies, old-fashioned feelthy peektures, movie clips, animated GIFs, audio files of music (his and others’) and much else. Unlike most Tumblrs he posts a lot — as many as twenty or thirty images and/or audio clips a day.

I would recommend it anyway if you have any taste for that sort of thing, but I have an ulterior motive. He’s also the thoughtless variety of moonbat — no original thought, just following the crowd — and occasionally posts the outrage-of-the-day from Kos. I chided him about it, as detracting from the general thrust of his postings, and he sniffily remarked that according to his followers he ought to post more along that political vein.

So I’d like to recruit some “winger” followers for him. Give it a look.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: May 3, 2012, 3:08 am


so many moonbats that sometimes I feel like Colour Sgt. Bourne at Rorke’s Drift.
Once you seen one, you’ve seen them all.

PS. Short Martini-Henry served Her Maj Victoria for a spell. But it’s time to get on with the spirit of modernity and get a FN-FAL with 25 mags. M-14 is a similarly fine choice. Not really impressed by 5.56 platform.
I sincerely hope we will not need it. But it will NEVER lose value.
PS. Mine was procured without bothering any bureaucrat with any cumbersome paperwork

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 3, 2012, 3:24 am

I did choose the risk,” Obama told NBC News anchor Brian Williams, in the latest episode of a nearly week-long commemoration of the anniversary of the bin Laden killing.

OK, the only choices that Buraq Hussein had were to either allow or forbid the mission. Whether the mission succeeded or failed, those were his only two choices.

If he gave the go ahead, it would either succeed, succeed with losses, or fail. If it succeeded, he comes up smelling like roses, even though he had nothing to do with the outcome. If it succeeded with losses, he still comes up roses, has a chance to pretend that he mourns the loss of SEALS, and can shift the blame downwards. If it had failed, he gets the political credit for trying, and he can use the inevitable inquiry into the failure to further screw up the military. Saying yes had no real downside.

I will note that reports were that Leon Panetta was the motivating force for getting the mission approved, as Buraq reportedly did not care. And that the actual mission was planned and run by VADM McRaven [a SEAL].

If he would have said “No”; there were two possible outcomes. If no one ever found out that they had located and targeted Osama’s compound, there would be no downside or upside at all to the choice. The only risk at all in the entire decision tree would be if it got out that they had Osama in their sights, and Buraq Hussein Obama had made the deliberate choice to let him go. The political backlash, especially since William Clinton had deliberately twice refused to accept Bin Laden before 9/11 when countries offered to extradite him to us on the warrants we already had outstanding because of previous attacks, would have likely sunk him in the election.

If he says “Yes”, it is all to his benefit. If he says “No”, if word gets out he is toast. And if he says “No”, someone probably would eventually leak it.

So what [insert Basque epithet here] was the freaking “lonely decision” he had to make, and what was he risking by saying yes? And what does he have to beat his chest about?

Liu2 kou3shui3 de5 biao3zi5 he2 hou2zi5 de5 ben4 er2zi5.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from JeffS
Time: May 3, 2012, 4:33 am

The memory of this issue is being seared — seared — into me.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 3, 2012, 7:34 am


Did you just use River Tam’s mandarin curse at Mal in the Firefly episode, “Safe?”

Disclaimer:I swear I am not a 30 yr old dude who lives in his parents basement. I just fit the Google profile of one.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 3, 2012, 8:08 am


Did you just use River Tam’s mandarin curse at Mal in the Firefly episode, “Safe?”

Not sure which episode, but yeah.

I’m a L-O-O-O-NG way past 30. In fact my youngest child is almost that old. But yes, 1) I am a Browncoat at heart, and 2) I use some of the more inventive curses from Firefly. I was a well brought up Chinese boy, and did not learn how to curse in either Cantonese [home dialect] or Mandarin [which I studied in high school and college]. I did not have occasion to learn to do so until over a decade ago when a writer friend had need to learn how to curse in both dialects for a novel he was doing, and I got drafted to teach him. Since then, I encountered Firefly and deeply appreciated the additions to my vocabulary.

And the particular curse [which is far worse in Chinese than it is in English] seemed to fit.

And yes, my nom d’ blog is Mongol, and not Chinese. Long story involving me flummoxing a Left-wing Captain I had to put up with.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 3, 2012, 11:11 am

ZOMG! Why have I never noticed the similarity of Biden to bidet? And what repulsive imagery can I make out of that?

I’ve already seen that famous train wreck with the Forward label on it, Argentium. And I still can’t face drawing all those stupid lemmings.

I too am a long way past thirty. Long time readers may recall that May is the Month of Birthday. I have already begun celebrating and invite all of you to join me in slacking off for a month.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 3, 2012, 1:19 pm

I’m inclined to think, based on their intelligent comments and attitudes, that a lot of Ms. Weasel’s readers and commenters are well over 30. I work at a college, and have to read/listen to a lot of pap from the 19-somethings. (Can you believe someone actually posted a graffito the other day, “Obama is a supporter of fairness, equality, and freedom in America”??? I swiftly wrote on the men’s room wall, “Fairness: Code word for COMMUNISM,” and “Obama hates America, democracy, and, probably, YOU.” I’m waiting to see what kind of response I get.)

In my case, that age 30 milestone is a ways in my past, hazed by distance, mist, and fog.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: May 3, 2012, 2:14 pm

This is a really geriatric bunch. Ramblings about cholesterol, bifocals, foot bunions, shrivelled bollockes, nobody bit any bunnies in the past 25 years, Geiger counters replaced by hearing aids and green oxygen bottles on a strap.
Worst of all are Americans. Get off my lawn and bring me my generic resveratrol. Young punks these days. I am fixin’ to be 44, but it is a very old 44.

I was present in an old Austrian hotel where a middle aged and very affluent but poorly traveled Americans were curiously examining the unfamiliar ancient fixtures. The woman was shown the bathroom with a cast iron bathtub on some ridiculous legs, a commode and a bidet.
Trying to make sense of it, she asked “is this for “baby-in”?
The poker faced bellhop, well into his 60s, said, “No, Madame, this is for baby-out”.

Long time ago, but I cannot get it out of my head.

Joe Bidet still sounds like a bidet, after 39 years of exposure to high echelons of Federal Government, riding on Amtrax, escape from Scranton, AIPAC conferences, ongoing trips to taxidermist, etc…


Comment from mojo
Time: May 3, 2012, 4:02 pm

Why, back in ’02 when I was in the Swiss Navy…

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 3, 2012, 4:08 pm

I wrote, “I swiftly wrote on the men’s room wall, ‘Fairness: Code word for COMMUNISM’.” Some wit scribbled next to the C-word, “Problem?”

Yeah. You — whose Indian name is “Has Brain of Diseased Walrus.”

Comment from 867-5309
Time: May 3, 2012, 4:37 pm

A college professor writing on bathroom stalls.

How wide is your stance?

Comment from Oldcat
Time: May 3, 2012, 5:32 pm

The best response to cries of fairness is “Can I have twenty bucks? I don’t have any money right now.”.

Suddenly property takes on new meaning when it is yours on the way out.

Comment from BJ
Time: May 3, 2012, 6:22 pm

Oh sure, Teh Won’s pattin’ himself on the back now, but it’s all about to go terribly wrong as Hitler discovers that Obama stole his marching song (this meme just never gets old).

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 3, 2012, 6:56 pm

Ok, the disclaimer about “not being a 30 yr old male” was due to some Internet meme, that I had otherwise no knowledge of, until Veeshir of DPUD used it on me.


Apparently, this is exactly the crowd that I need to be hanging with, because you guys had no clue what I was referring to either. Umm, yay us?


I felt a need to justify my ability to recognize the curse words, which I have only heard verbally spoken and never seen written. Which I felt was overwhelming proof that I am diehard firefly fan, and I have even written fanfiction (yes, I am that pathetic). So, Browncoats Unite!!!! I love the nom du blog, had no clue what it meant or, what language it hailed from, but it’s very cool.:) I am no longer in the 30-40 yr age demographic as of this year and The Husband is positive that I am female, despite my 30 yr old boyish nature.

I’m French, Dutch, German, Jewish, and Ojibwa, but other than an excellent Hebrew curse, learned from an Israeli soldier, I don’t speak any of those languages.

Oh, and I have an overwhelming need to explain and justify everything that I do. So I hope that clarifies the first comment, and this comment, which has grown unintentionally long.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 3, 2012, 7:48 pm

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 3, 2012, 6:56 pm

I felt a need to justify my ability to recognize the curse words, which I have only heard verbally spoken and never seen written.

Having never seen it in writing, and not having studied Chinese, you recognized and could mentally “hear” Hanyu Pinyin romanization with tonal marks well enough to recognize an obscure [and obscene] Chinese epithet?

I am …. deeply … impressed. Ma’am, if you should ever take it in hand to study foreign languages, I predict great success. Can I take it from your nom d’ blog that you also have more than a passing interest in physics? Does the word “polymath” apply?

By the way, I took a look at your site. Good on ya. I also used to exit perfectly good aircraft in flight, albeit in a recreational capacity. Long enough ago that we used modified T-6’s.

Quick explanation of Subotai. I am a retired Peace Officer, a SGT. I had a Captain who was a politically-correct waste of protoplasm, hardcore Lefty, and an Evangelical Atheist. Shortly after 9/11 we were having a … discussion of whether we were at war. I had to bring in a copy of the Authorization under the WPA. At the time, one of my Officers who was reserve SF was leaning forward. Had his Pawnee haircut. I told him that as long as he kept his hat on, I’d cover for him. Which I was doing at the time.

Said Captain said, “You’re to the Right of Genghiz Khan!”

My reply: “No, Captain, you are wrong. Genghiz Khan was a relative pacifist. I am to the Right of Subotai Bahadur, his chief general, who was a REAL hard ass!”

Captain was flummoxed, stalked off to his office. My crew laughed, and morale was lifted. And my SF Officer was left alone until he deployed. By the way, he made it back safe, and we had a … memorable party on his return.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: May 3, 2012, 10:08 pm

Stoatie: Ah, okay, no sense repeating an already-done funny then.

Subotai Bahadur: Thanks for the longer explanation behind your name, that was a really good story. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 3, 2012, 10:11 pm

I just wish I’d got to it first, Argentium 🙂

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 4, 2012, 12:55 am


Now I will be looking for a book on your namesake, because that is a bit of history that sounds awesome.

I’ve started and stopped learning a number of languages over the years. It’s a matter of focus, or lack thereof, which prevents continuation. If I don’t have a purpose for what I do, I get bored with it.

One could say that I have a passing interest in physics. It determines every action and reaction that I do or have. I know I’m supposed to love knowledge for its own sake, but I suppose I have intimacy issues. I’m just not a one subject woman.

You jumped dial-a-death chutes? Holy shit…that’s hardcore. I’ve heard many a scary story about those things. I can’t imagine jumping with those in a recreational capacity. You, sir, have my respect.

So why weren’t your troopies allowed to have high-and-tights? I can understand there being a regulation against long flowing locks, but not its opposite. More stories, please!! I find it interesting that you referred to yourself as a “Peace Officer,” instead of Police Officer. Dare I ask why?

Comment from Veeshir
Time: May 4, 2012, 1:10 am

Is that the movie poster for Obambo-First Person (Singular)

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 4, 2012, 2:41 am

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 4, 2012, 12:55 am

So why weren’t your troopies allowed to have high-and-tights? I can understand there being a regulation against long flowing locks, but not its opposite.

Not a high-and-tight, but something entirely different. Sometimes the Pawnee haircut is incorrectly called a “Mohawk” or in Britain a “Mohican”; but they are longer. Here is a picture of the Pawnee:

Did not fit the Departmental image. And we did not give an obese rodent’s gluts. This was just after 9/11, and he was going to lead the way into Afghanistan. We backed him as much as we could, on and off duty.

Now, to avoid imposing on our gracious hostess’ bandwidth, I’ll move over to “Rough Men Stand Ready”‘s email.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 4, 2012, 8:52 pm

Comment from 867-5309
Time: May 3, 2012, 4:37 pm

A college professor writing on bathroom stalls.
It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: May 11, 2012, 2:17 am

“The migrating lemmings picture has crossed my mind as well…” Sheep, it made me picture sheep…..

Comment from buddy larsen
Time: May 12, 2012, 7:30 pm

Pawnee haircut well-recreated here @ 6:30, as a Pawnee brave jumps a couple Northern Cheyenne in “Little Big Man”.

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 16, 2012, 1:48 am

The real Osama died of Kidney failure years before.
That’s what the Bin Laden family said when I had coffee with them last …

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