[NOTE: This entry has been updated (2) as of 6:36 PM Eastern on 2 May. See below.]
Did everyone who works in the West Wing, the President of The United States included, check their brains at the door when they went to work yesterday? So Osama bin Laden has been found and killed. Good. But why did the President of The United States make the announcement to the world himself? It was not only bloody embarrassing but bloody demeaning. The President of The United States makes that kind of announcement himself if bin Laden had been found and killed ten days after 9/11, not ten years later. Ten years later, a high-ranking military officer makes that kind of announcement to the world, someone high up in the hierarchy of military command involved with the field operation that did the deed, the President of The United States commenting on the matter some small distancing amount of time later (i.e., small distancing from the actual announcement per se). Jeez!
Update (5:07 AM Eastern on 2 May): NBC and The New York Times are reporting that Osama bin Laden's body has been buried at sea by U.S. forces "in accordance with Islamic customs" presumably subsequent to the body being positively identified as that of Osama bin Laden. Say what? Are they bloody nuts? Buried at sea? You mean the Arab world has to take our word for it that bin Laden is dead? We better have irrefutable proof of that; proof so compelling that not even the Arabs can doubt or attempt to refute it.
Update 2 (6:36 PM Eastern on 2 May): No one has more hatred in his heart for the Islamist murderers responsible for 9/11 and other atrocities than do we, but the jubilant public celebrations by Americans over the killing of Osama bin Laden are truly ugly — ugly and uncalled for; the sort of public celebrations one would expect from Islamists and their supporters over the killing of one of their high-profile American enemies. Bin Laden has been killed. We Americans ought to have merely noted the event, said, "Good!", then have put it behind us and moved on. We've all more deserving things to celebrate.