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U.S. Empire’s Bumpy Ride

If you are one of those defeatist-type Americans, always alarmed over the dire fate of the US economy, actually believing 2 + 2 = 4, it may be best not to shift your glance to the state of US foreign policy today.

Obamaville’s geopolitical stance is harder to grasp than a BLS formula for unemployment is.

And if the thought is, quaintly, of defending the US shores and citizens you are decades behind the curve

Quite the Lineup

Just keeping the global players for the US Empire straight is well beyond any Fed economist.

Former Afghanistan freedom fighter pro-Western hero Osama Bin-Laden, Ronald Reagan’s man, rest his soul, had to be officially taken out once his latest role as Washington Enemy 1 lost its glamour. Poor Osama’s fall did light a spectacular news-cycle for Prince Obama though, his greatest achievement in office. The shoe and underwear bombers never held a candle to good ole Osama.

Bin-Laden’s co-bombers from 9/11, the Saudi tribal monarchy, here 13-years later, is about to be exposed by Prince Obama as a terrorist nation largely responsible for, guess what, 9/11. The sudden realization is about to turn current Washington Enemy 1, Iran, into America’s strongest ally on the Persian Gulf in a flash. Iran can then have all of the nuclear weapons it wants so long as they are pointed at their true death-match rival, Saudi Arabia.

This kind of sudden reversal of friends can happen, even to the global superpower, after failing to win the Syria gas-pipeline war as promised. What are military behemoths good for anyway? The bully of the world must deliver or lose its crown. A good college try is never enough.

It is better then for the Saudi and Qatar Sunnis to pull ISIS on their neighbors than to put up with the Obama paper tiger any longer. Better still to have the US arm ISIS both on the front-end and back-end in “Syria” and “Iraq”. It makes the US still good for something anyway. Too bad Hillary Clinton’s recommended generosity with heavy weapons to Syrian rebel fighters was ignored by Prince Obama.

But, truly, it is just as well that ISIS is surrounding Baghdad anyway from the US perspective. Turns out US flunky Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not the man he was meant to be. Maliki burned his last bridge with Prince Obama when he outrageously negotiated a favorable split of oil revenues for his country with big Western oil companies. He had to go. This simply cannot be allowed to occur. Maliki was gone before the first US air raid launched on ISIS.

So, with a huge salute to the hundreds of Yazidis still living atop Mt. Sinjar when the US airlift was cancelled for lack of people who wanted rescue, US bombs are now raining down again on Iraq, a return to the good old days. The distress of the Yazidis has helped open the door to the US demolition of ISIS from the air (in Iraq only though, of course, where the Yazidis are).

Learning what the US Congress thinks of Iraq War 3.0 will have to wait until the honorables return from their summer vacation. Fundraising always comes first though. There is no lobby group even formed yet for the Yazidis anyway.

So the US scimitar revolves switching allegiance from Sunnis to Shias, except when it comes to a Shia gas-pipeline in Syria, for now anyway. Bashar Assad though is actually looking more and more attractive these days to Prince Obama, chemical-weapons use aside. Things can change fast in Obamaville.

It is Truly Him

Having tossed around for the best replacement for Osama Bin-Laden, Prince Obama is proud to have now firmly chosen Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as Washington Enemy 1.

US/UK media lapdog journalism has taken up the newest sermon to foist onto the clueless masses, the people without passports. Resolute Obama will bend Dastardly Putin to his will. Just watch him.

Washington Enemy 1, after all, is the critical role for the US Empire to fill with just the right person.

Recently, Syria’s Bashar Assad was a complete failure in the role. He never caught on at all. Assad may even be recruited soon by NATO for even more war with ISIS and then with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Crazed mullahs in Iran were never good for the top enemy role either. Who can tremble at a corrupt nation that has not invaded another for 23-centuries?

Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was an excellent model for a time, a psychotic mass-murderer on a grand scale, a person who served the US well in the past, once attacking Iran full-force for no good reason at all. Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam a big hug back in the day.

Saddam though came with a half-life, a Greek tragedy from the outset. So, after two leading roles in the global limelight as the villain, Saddam could not last long enough to even compete for the title-belt, rest his soul.

Now, Vladimir Putin of Russia, armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, he is someone the West can easily grow to fear! Never mind the reason. War has its own momentum. American oldsters can be relied to hate Russia again, once told to do so by their fearless Prince.

Even Washington’s 21st Century banker/prime creditor, China, would have to take notice of Obama pinning Putin to the mat in the second round!

full article HERE

Who Runs the world?

By Michael Ricciardi
In the first such analysis ever conducted, Swiss economic researchers have conducted a
global network analysis of the most powerful transnational corporations (TNCs).
Their results have revealed a core of 787 firms with control of 80% of this
network, and a “super entity” comprised of 147 corporations that have a
controlling interest in 40% of the network’s TNCs.

When we hear conspiracy theorist talk about this or that powerful group (or alliance
of said groups) “pulling strings” behind the scenes, we tend to dismiss or
minimize such claims, even though, deep down, we may suspect that there’s some
degree of truth to it, however distorted by the theorists’ slightly paranoid
perception of the world. But perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as
exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on
the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated
to get any clear sense of the reality.

read full article at source : http://planetsave.com/2011/08/28/who-runs-the-world-network-analysis-reveals-super-entity-of-global-corporate-control/

China Tries to Start a War?

Saturday,
by Anthony Wile

Anthony Wile

When economic times sour, elites turn to war, or at least start to escalate military tensions. Europe and America are involved in at least four wars now, and unfortunately the West’s escalating military involvement probably won’t stop there. The West, in fact, seems destined to build a full-scale regional war out of a series of disparate ones.

They are, all of them, phony wars in some sense, even as they endlessly abide. Afghanistan apparently wasn’t justified, as the Taliban had nothing to do with al-Qaeda and even offered to turn Osama bin Laden over to the George W. Bush administration based on a submission of evidence (that the US refused to present).

The Iraq war was supposedly aimed at removing weapons of mass destruction (whatever that means) from Saddam Hussein, but it seems he didn’t have any. Now the US has taken to bombing Libya and Yemen for some reason; doubtless a justification will emerge (just don’t hold you breath).

But building-up war is not simply a Western preoccupation. This is what China seems to be trying to do. You won’t read about it because the mainstream media seems allergic to the story, but China’s economy seems frankly to be at a kind of turning point (the bad kind), and doubtless the two issues are related.

After yanking up interest rates numerous times, the “dynamic” old men of China’s Politburo have managed to create a real-estate crash. The crash in turn caused a series of municipal quasi-bankruptcies across the country.

The reaction of China’s communist financial gurus? They’ve now apparently allocated the equivalent of US$1.2 trillion to “bail out” Chinese townships and cities. This is being hailed as a great achievement in Western economic circles. In a few months or years, I’m sure these same geniuses will be claiming they saw the full-on crash coming.

Anyway, the Chinese communist officials know what’s going on. Bailouts don’t really work, after all, as the US and Europe have discovered, again and again. So … on to plan B. What’s that? How about claiming the entire South China Sea, some 678,000 square nautical miles? If you’re neighbors object you … ah … threaten them.

That’s what is going on now. Apparently, the very name “South China Sea” gives the Chinese a sense that they can claim an entire body of water as their own along with the Spratlys, and some other contested islands. Actually, the Philippines’ Palawan Island is supposedly closest to the Spratlys, though Vietnam has a claim as well. Japan is in the mix somewhere.

Vietnam’s leaders, in particular, are not backing down. They just announced a live-fire naval drill in the South China Sea. This escalation is actually not a new development, merely a continuation of a territorial tussle that has involved survey vessels and fishing trawlers, allegedly cutting each other’s lines, ramming each other, etc.

The hostilities have extended to cyberspace, with both countries allegedly taking aim at official websites. Chinese elements posted flags on Vietnamese websites claiming the Spratlys. Vietnam hackers apparently did the same.

The Chinese must know they likely don’t have a claim. The rules of United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (Unclos) state that the country closest to the disputed property is the owner. That seems to be the Philippines. The Vietnamese, meanwhile, are apparently upset about the larger issue having to do with China claiming an entire sea. Hard to blame them.

The United States, the owner of four ongoing wars, is of course in its eternal role as peacemaker, calling for a “peaceful resolution.” But the Vietnamese are not backing down. Six hours of live-fire will soon commence around Hon Ong Island off the coast of Vietnam. A spokesperson has called it part of routine training.

China has advised Vietnam such activities violate its sovereignty in the disputed, oil-rich waters. Vietnam, in turn, has deployed eight ships near the area in question. “Nobody wants war but when there is an escalation we will act,” vice defense minister Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh has been quoted as saying.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner responded that the US was “troubled” by rising tensions that “don’t help peace and security in the region … We support a collaborative diplomatic process and call on all claimants to conform to all the claims, both land and maritime, to international law.”

China’s truculent posture was noted by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who warned recently that there was a good chance of skirmishes breaking out. OK, thanks. But why should the West be the only one to raise global tensions?

Are we the only ones to sense the parallelism? Modern history is repeating what happened some 500 years ago when the Gutenberg Press was invented. About 100 years after its invention, the world was thrust into turmoil as Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door denouncing the Catholic Church.

The Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Glorious Revolution, American Revolution, French Revolution, the Enlightenment and numerous other social convulsions soon followed. So did wars. Endless “peasant wars” and religious wars, some of them dragging on for decades.

Many of these seemed to have no proximate causes, much as modern wars seem to have no real causes. They were, and are, artificial hostilities. That’s how Western power elites work. That’s how they seem to keep control. Strategic chaos.

It’s likely happening again as Anglo-American elites struggle desperately to restrain the damage of the Internet, and the growing awareness that the world’s entire economic and political structure is controlled, to some degree, from the City of London.

read  full article at source: http://www.thedailybell.com/2488/China-Tries-to-Start-a-War.html

comment:

Interesting Article   but I am not in total agreement with the thrust of this article as I do not believe it to be in the interest of China to threaten its would be  consumers and possible source for cheap labour .China is doing very well and is sitting the largest cash reserves in the world and can easily keep a sustained economic growth of 5.8% a year based on its own consumer base .An alternative Chinese expansion scenario could be would be the purchase of the European PIGS bonds and thus a substantial holding on future European Economic growth  . This would be a more secure investment of Chinese cash resources don’t you think?

Turning Points of Empire’s End?

Saturday, May 28, 2011 – by Anthony Wile

Anthony Wile

It was all over the news yesterday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff had paid an unannounced visit to top Pakistani leaders. As the DB reported in an editor’s note, Clinton made a fairly startling statement once she was there. “There is no evidence senior people in Pakistan knew that Osama bin Laden lived so close to Islamabad,” she said.

This caught my attention. We try to look for moments when the dominant social themes of the elite reach critical points. We identified one as regards the Federal Reserve well over a year ago. We announced the Fed was in deep trouble politically and from a public relations standpoint and we were right.

In this case, I don’t even have to make a statement. Hillary did it for me. She was quoted at saying that Pakistan-US relations had reached a “turning point.” She said it several times. In this editorial I want to examine that turning point – because it really is historical – and try to explain what Hillary meant by it.

There are actually at least two “turning points” involved. Ms. Clinton won’t explain it of course. She’ll leave it up to others to explain. And the mainstream media has immediately plunged in to explain that one (obvious) “turning point” has to do with the amount of cooperation that Pakistan’s leaders are going to show American ones. Nothing of course could be further from the truth. If the mainstream media is analyzing it, you can be sure of a misdiagnosis.

So what is the reality? Well the smaller reality as we have written many times is that the Anglosphere elite has been losing the Afghan war for a number of years and that is gradually percolating through to the larger Western public. This is terribly distressing to power elite, which is having horrible trouble controlling its sub dominant social themes. In this case, Hillary desperately needs the Pakistani leaders to continue to help with the overall cover up regarding the war and bin Laden’s probably phony death.

In fact, it is all growing more and more complicated. You see, bin Laden probably didn’t die on May 1, 2011. He may have been dead for a decade now. Ten years ago his kidneys had apparently failed. He had Marfan’s disease, which ruins internal organs. Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto said bin Laden was murdered in 2003 – she told that to David Frost before she was assassinated. Others have said bin Laden died peacefully in a French hospital early in the 2000s and that his remains had been put “on ice” for several years.

The whole story of bin Laden’s final decade “on the run” doesn’t even begin to make sense. After his “death,” his body is dumped into the sea. Photos are not released. The SEALS are not identified. Instead, we get first hand reports from Pakistan that contradict the entire narrative constructed by the US (not that it was a coherent one to begin with).

What about Occam’s Razor? The simplest explanation is the easiest. (“One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.” -Principia Cybernetica) But this is not the explanation we are treated to. Clinton travels to Pakistan and announces that “conspiracy theories” are not helpful in furthering the relationships of Pakistan and the US at a critical juncture. Here is the nub of it: If Pakistan’s leaders DO NOT ask the questions we have asked (and they have not, certainly not publicly) then they would seem to be complicit in a vast coverup. No wonder they are resentful.

But this is what happens when the state’s lies get bigger. The truth about 9/11 – whatever it is – still has not been told. The FBI still has not investigated. The Pentagon and CIA still have not explained numerous anomalous issues. And the result, ten years later, is not only more problems with the “official” story, but also an evident and obvious whopper about bin Laden. That no one asks the obvious questions does not mean that the official story is believable; it just means that everyone is very afraid to question it. Imagine the fear at the top levels of Western government.

Bin Laden’s supposed death is tied into the unfortunate reality that the US (and NATO) is losing the Afghan war. The Afghan war is a critical power elite meme. The US needs Pakistan to attack the Pashtun/Taliban. If they do not, the war is likely lost. Enter bin Laden and his “death.” Whatever else it may be, it was likely supposed to shove Pakistan into an aggressive posture against the Pashtun/Taliban

full article link here: http://www.thedailybell.com/2414/Turning-Points-of-Empires-End.html

 

Boom in sales of ‘Osama is dead’ memorabilia

By Rob Young Business reporter, BBC World Service
 
A key ring with an image of Osama bin Laden in the cross hairs of a gun, with the words 'Osama bin Killed'

Thousands of items of memorabilia celebrating the death of Osama Bin Laden are being sold on the internet.

Examples include a key ring bearing the face of the al-Qaeda leader, framed in the cross-hairs of a gun, with the words “Osama Bin Killed”.

There are mugs plastered with Bin Laden’s face and the word “Dead” across it.

There is even an item of baby’s clothing sporting the sentence: “I killed Osama.”

Potentially lucrative

California-based Zazzle says it has sold “tens of thousands” of these types of products online, for between $15 (£10) and $40, since Sunday.

It is marketing 10,000 individual items related to the al-Qaeda leader’s demise.

“This has been the number one trending item on the Zazzle marketplace for the past two days,” says Mike Karns, the website’s director of marketing.

Individuals across the US have been designing images to be emblazoned on caps, car bumper stickers and T-shirts.

They then upload them to one of several online stores, which prints and sells the items on their behalf.

Top-selling products could earn their designers thousands of dollars.

Strange celebration

“You now have platforms for entrepreneurs to make products in response to this and almost instantaneously offer them not just in the United States but around the world,” says Adam Hanft, the chief executive of the marketing company Hanft Projects in New York City.

A man wearing a t-shirt with the slogan 'Obama got Osama, May 1, 2011'

However, the sale of memorabilia that celebrates the killing of someone could be criticised as inappropriate.

Listeners to the BBC World Service are not impressed, judging by comments posted on its Matthew Clanahan says the products are “distasteful, kitschy, and disgusting”, while Gerard Ng says: “Some may call it entrepreneurship, I call it greed.”

Zazzle’s Mike Karns acknowledges some people will feel uneasy.

“Celebrating someone’s death is a strange thing. It makes people uncomfortable a lot of the time, even if that person was one of the world’s most evil folks.”

Joe Schmidt, the head of consumer markets at another website, CafePress, describes the death of Osama Bin Laden as an “unusual and exceptional” event.

But some say celebrating the end of an adversary through culture and fashion is an ancient tradition – it is just being expressed in a modern way.

“It’s a way of dancing on the grave of the enemy,” says anthropologist Grant McCracken, the author of the book Chief Culture Officer.

“For most people it’s just a way of participating in a national act, an attempt to acknowledge that this man who has inflicted terror on America is now no more.”

Others see irony in the mini-industry of “Osama is dead” mugs, badges and neckties that Bin Laden’s death has spawned.

“It is ironic there’s a capitalist endpoint to Osama’s anti-capitalist venom,” says marketing expert Adam Hanft.

Comment:

Why is it I get a feeling we are experiencing a new Kristallnacht.?

With the American murder of Osama Bin Laden it now appears to be “OK” to send in a gang of assassins and murder a man in another country just because you can. If this man was indeed Osama Bin Laden why did the Americans not just grab him like the Israelis did in the case of Eichmann .They brought him back to Israel and put him on trial. Perhaps this would have exposed the lie that was 9\11

Someone did not want this man on a stand in court because of what he would have said! As I write this post I am picking up on the wires that Osama wasn’t armed and was taken alive from the complex. The American version is changing all the time something is rotten!  This episode has done sever damage to the rule of international law and the international court of justice is now  in sever danger as it is now OK for any country to send assassins to any country and murder any of the regimes opponents. A few years ago the Russians were blamed for the murder of a man in London and the English were up in arms over it, yet the English government were celebrating Bin Laden’s murder.

Taking the easy way has only brought the rule of international law into question? What is stopping Gaddafi from doing the same or any other despot dictator doing the same thing? What was most troubling is the sight of ordinary citizens celebrating outside the White house this blatant breach of international law. This was murder and its ok??? Now I know what Obama meant when he said

“Yes we can”   

Lying Is the New Normal

US propaganda leaflet used in Afghanistan.

Image via Wikipedia

By James Howard Kunstler
on May 2, 2011 8:42 AM

    Mark these words: within about three hours, the “Birther” faction around America will be asking for Osama Bin Laden’s driver’s license. What I’d like to know is how come he was “buried at sea,” when the operation took place at least a thousand miles from the sea. Did the US Navy Seals transfer his remains from a helicopter to a boat? Or to an airplane? And did they just drop him over the night-darkened Indian Ocean like a sack of lentils? By the time you read this, the whole world will be clamoring for photos of the deceased. Maybe our guys will produce some. Quien Sabe?

     I didn’t intend to write about Bin Laden this morning, but rather the nutrient medium of untruth that has come to surround all the tissue of everyday life in the USA. Until the Bin Laden operation went down Sunday, the big news of the week was the release of President Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate. A substantial number of Republicans still claim to believe that Obama is not a real American citizen. You may be sure they will persist, no matter what. Goebbels, too, knew the power of sheer repetition. One of the Birther leaders, Orly Taitz, immediately made the claim that the term “African” describing Obama’s father’s nationality on the document must be a latter-day PC dodge because back then the term-du-jour was “Negro.”

     When historians gather around their campfires a half century from now, they will marvel at our idiocy. Among the vital matters we failed to reckon was the diminishing returns of technology as applied to news and information. The slicker our electronic media got, the less sense the public could make of the information stream that they drowned in. How many iPhones and Blackberries are jangling this morning, I wonder, with “news” that Bin Laden was buried at sea because he is Obama’s real father? To the Birthers, I’m sure Bin Laden qualified as some sort of “Negro.” The story will be on Fox News by suppertime in Atlanta, just watch.

     You had to love the way Donald Trump pretended to be the hero of  the Obama birth certificate story. Has anyone asked for a birth certificate for the creature that is living on Donald Trump’s head. I suspect it is a wolverine. Did it come from Michigan or Wisconsin, or possibly Canada? Is it a protected or endangered species? And was it obtained by legal means? (Perhaps he found it in a taxidermy shop.) Is there some way the Navy Seals can drop Donald Trump over the Bermuda Triangle. It would make me proud to be American again.

     Against the background of what comes to look like a thirty-three ring circus in America’s affairs is the remarkable stream of lying that emanates even from places previously thought to be mentally normal. I listen to the radio when I linger around the kitchen at suppertime and on Friday evening a NASA official came over the airwaves extolling all the future space exploits of the agency. Mining asteroids for high grade metals! Journeys to Mars and beyond! I thought: is this jaboney out of his skull? We’ll be lucky if anyone can drive a powered vehicle from Hackensack to Paramus in ten years. An aerospace scientist ought to know that. If these guys are clueless about the future of travel, imagine how deranged a Tea Party official from Chugwater, Wyoming, must be.

     NPR’s Market Place show, about economic and financial matters, is every bit as dishonest as CNBC or Fox. Every night, Market Place issues cheers for a stock market that is rising strictly on the basis of a concerted, wide-open stock pumping scheme operated by the Federal Reserve in partnership with five Wall Street banks and the US Treasury Department. (Why? To maintain an illusion that the economy is in wonderful condition.) As far as I know, not a single on-air economics reporter understands that we are in a contraction phase of history, not a growth phase. Nor that “growth,” as commonly defined, is impossible given the primary energy resource constrictions now underway. Something has gone terribly wrong in an education system that produces journalists this badly-informed.

full article at source:  http://www.theburningplatform.com/?paged=2

Killing an old half blind man in some mountain in Pakistan is not the answer

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

May 1, 2011

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON OSAMA BIN LADEN

East Room

11:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror: Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

END 11:44 P.M. EDT

Read more: http://thepage.time.com/2011/05/01/president-to-make-late-night-statement/#ixzz1LCPtauGz

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Killing an old half blind man in some mountain in Pakistan is not the answer to the problems in that country or Afghanistan. Whatever pleasure the Americans derive out of the death of this old man will be short lived as I suspect this will in fact bring new recruits in their droves to the Al Qaeda .

The Americans would have done much better if they had rounded up all the bankers and gangsters running Goldman Sacks and the rest of the financial terrorist,as they have caused more damage to the USA and the rest of the world .Ten years ago, the terror act on the twin towers was a tragedy, but the actions of the Allies  hasn’t  helped to stop terror in the world it has only made things worse !If the US and its allies had  set up hospitals and went on a massive campaign to build roads and schools ,this would have brought a lot more stability to those regions of conflict .Education is the only weapon that can successfully destroy terrorism. The jubilation will last only for a short time and some other leader will emerge. This is a sad day because it confirms that the Americans have done more damage and they have just alienated hundreds of millions of people all around the world what a pity! Obama has turned out to be a war monger  what a surprise?

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