Obama and 9/11/11

Posted on December 22, 2010 by

Barack Obama’s standing as commander-in-chief got a big lift with the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell and the ratification of the “new start” treaty.

In addition to the unexpected foreign policy crises presidents always face, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are Mr. Obama’s big military challenges in 2011.  But there’s another national security issue to grapple with next year.  And this one is scheduled: 

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Don’t underestimate its importance. Anniversaries play big in the U.S. and this one is huge.  As I started to prepare my end-of-the-year blog, an intriguing and disturbing question crossed my mind:

Does President Obama have a secret plan to nab Osama bin Laden in time for the 10th anniversary of September 11th

Think about possible “game-changers”

I know we democrats tend to ruminate more about peace and social justice than military success and vengeance; and that progressives are understandably outraged by drone attacks on the Afghanistan / Pakistan boarder.  But imagine how it would impact the national mood if Al-Qaeda’s number one man took the hit?

That one blow – coupled with some uptick in the economy – could be enough to help put this commander-in-chief in the driver’s seat for 2012.

Comments (10)


  1. Ron Alcalay says:

    yeah, if he’s still alive…

  2. Steph B. says:

    Yes, Lou, I too had thought of an Obama “October Surprise”. and I think that might pull it off, as you state. It begs the question of the big accomplishments made by the President in the last week or two once again being overlooked by the general populace, after all it is Christmas and people are other directed. He really needs better PR and to speak with more passion about his administrations many accomplishments.

  3. Ernesto says:

    But will this translates for the badly needed changes for industrial democracy on the job as well as inclusive and humane immigration legislation? Proabbly not but we must keep our eye on the ball and not give up.

  4. Aaron says:

    Happy Holidays everyone……hopefully 2011 will bring about all what we are discussing in this blog and much more.

  5. FluxRostrum says:

    OSama will not be caught because he would then have an opportunity to tell the world the truth about 911.
    (and he’s probably dead already)

    Maybe by the 10th anniversary regular folk will be able to accept the truth about 911.

    If OBama is to offer any HOPE to this country the best thing he could do would be to expose the truth about 911.

    We’ve been lied to. Just look at the evidence with an open mind. It hurts, but we’ve been sold by elements of our own government.

    They’ve achieved exactly what they wanted from it.

    Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice

  6. I thought he was already dead. I think we need to focus on the other elephant in the room: immigration reform. This is an issue where the Democrats are weak and vulnerable.

  7. John Connolly says:

    Take this National Security issue away from the Right with dramatic change in action, strategy and tactics.

    As an example:

    1) Osama is probably still alive. Find him, arrest him, or shoot him as a military combatant by September 11, 2011. Let it be clear that the US got him. Most likely, given the ranting din of the modern world a trial would be useless politically. Vengeance is a dish best served cold, and Death speaks louder than words
    2) Increase the number (and accuracy) of drone strikes into the Afghan-Pakistan border regions.
    3) Send more Delta-type forces into the area to gather intelligence and eliminate Queda/Taliban leadership.
    4) Get US and other foreign troops OUT of Afghanistan; leave it to the drug dealers, or eradicate poppy production and leave it a bigger wasteland than it is already … 2,500 years of Imperial invasion failures in the Graveyard of Empires can’t be all wrong. Learn the lesson; Kill Osama; Get Out; Take the Win.
    5) Concentrate resources on helping build the still -powerful Secular Civic Culture of Pakistan.

    “Let My Thoughts Be Bloody Or Be Nothing Worth”: After ten years of vile imperialist, yet non-strategic or successful, warfare, killing tens of thousands of the WRONG PEOPLE, my progressive heart yields to my Shakespearean brain.

  8. Eamon Davern says:

    Anniversaries play even bigger with Al Qaeda. The States, and Europe, need to be vigilant against how Al Qaeda will mark the 10th anniversary

  9. Kelly Meara says:

    I happened to hear on the radio the other day that Obama has kicked his smoking habit. I for one think that sends a positive message to our nation’s children.

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