All’s Well that Ends Well

The party is over and everyone, with the exception of surviving Al Qaeda malcontents, is happy, or should be. The White House and Secretary Clinton have reaffirmed our strong ties with the Pak government and admiration for all things Pakistani, and Pakistan’s President has placed an op-ed in the Washington Post returning those bouquets with additional flourishes. The White House has added a few details, notably that bin Laden was resisting when we shot him, while the Pakistanis have expressed their total surprise that the world’s number one fugitive had been living next to one of their military cantonments for years. One recalls Claude Raines in “Casablanca” being “shocked! shocked!” at some expose of corruption or whatever.

Let it go. Some parties may be stretching the truth but it is in a good cause. At this point any American who tries to prove how smart he or she is by insisting the Paks knew about bin Laden’s whereabouts all along is not helping any cause worth helping, and certainly not showing any particular intelligence. The overall relationship with Pakistan is what matters now. It is more important to preserve that than to ferret out answers that could embarrass that relationship. Let bygones be bygones. All’s well that ends well.

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1 Response to All’s Well that Ends Well

  1. Thoth says:

    It’s starting to look like we are going to have a hard time letting bygones by bygones. On the public’s emotional side, we’re seeing images up front and center on the New York Times online of Pakistanis weeping over bin Laden’s death and marching in large processions. On the political side, it looks like our outgoing CIA director just dropped a huge diplomatic bomb on the Pakistanis. What do we do with this quote (taken from CNN)?

    “– Abbottabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan reacted with dismay Wednesday at CIA director Leon Panetta’s assertion that it had not done enough to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, saying there is now “total mistrust” between the United States and Pakistan. — A senior Pakistani intelligence official was reacting to reports that Panetta had told House members Tuesday that Pakistan’s role in determining bin Laden’s whereabouts was troubling. — According to two sources in a closed door briefing, Panetta told lawmakers “either they were involved or incompetent. Neither place is a good place to be.” –”

    So we have a country of two hundred million people, were there are plenty of people on the street with obvious love and sympathy for bin Laden, and on top of that, we have the world’s top terrorist hiding walking distance from their top military training center, and that country has lots of nukes. I’m NOT happy at all that Panetta pointed such a scathing finger at the Pakistanis in such a high profile way; however, I wonder, should Americans be more concerned that in light of all this uncomfortable circumstantial evidence there may if fact be a high risk of nuclear technology and/or weapons getting into the wrong hands some day that will then be used against us?

    Why does this all remind me of the high profile case in Pakistan where Nuclear technology was leaked to a bunch of countries hostile to us? And wasn’t that Pakistani responsible for the leak, who served at a high level of government, barely punished? It certainly doesn’t look like the Pakistanis did anything to close to him like we’ve done to Manning, does it? And if nuclear weapons did reach us, how would we know whether they came from North Korea or Pakistan originally, much less who precisely was responsible? We knew bin Laden lead 9/11 against us because he boasted about it for 10 years. But will the next attack just be in the name of his ghost, no other names provided?

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