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Updated on May 4, 2011

All Americans.

Surely, praises must be showered on President Barack Obama, for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden; but much of it should go to former President George W. Bush, who had put in place protective plans for the U.S.; from which no serious mishaps, aside of the Christmas Day underwear bomber and other close calls, had happened, both at home and abroad.

Those plans were still in use by the Department of Homeland Security to maintain vigilance on U.S. borders, at airports and seaports; the CIA and the U.S. Intelligence community as a whole, continued to utilize them.

The search for Osama was even initiated during the Bush administration era, when he (President Bush) announce on a megaphone at Ground Zero, soon after the attacks, that who ever was responsible for such atrocities "would hear from US." 

Washington D.C. and New York had then been hit badly, and he felt that a kind of retaliation was proper. He also took them (attacks) more personally; he felt more strongly about what had occurred than anyone else, owing to his position as President of the U.S. at the time. 

He had even surmised that the act of aggression had come from somewhere in the Middle East; hence, his raid on Iraq that uprooted another despicable person and despot, Saddam Hussein. 

To this day, many Americans agreed with him and thought that he did the right thing. He had the backing of U.S. Congress, as well as the U.N. resolution 1441 to cause Hussein to disarm. 

President Obama had vigorously continued from where the previous administration had left off, which had produced good results, in regard to Bin Laden's demise. Therefore, it would be fair to say that he had done most of the hard work to bring down the arch designer of the 9/11 attacks; but he had had much help from those plans set up by his predecessor.

Americans must celebrate the occasion; from Florida to Alaska, and from Washington State to the New England State of Maine. It had been a long wait for justice to have been served on behalf of all Americans, particularly, those whose family members had died unnecessarily, on September 11th, 2001.

It is therefore apropos for President Obama to come to New York, and join in the celebration this coming Thursday, May 5th, 2011; however, it is regrettable that the former President is not likely to accompany him. According to news reports, he has decided not to do so. It is a time that all Americans must dance to and make merry; it is about time.

America needs you now, President Bush.


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      Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      President Bush deserves a small amount of credit but not a lot. He could have taken him out in Tora Bora in 2002 with American troops but allowed Afghani troops to do the job. They let him go. Then he decided to divert troops from Afghanistan to Iraq for that phony war. They should have been left in Afghanistan to finish the job instead of conducting the neo-Conservative vendetta in Iraq. President Obama was left to clean up President Bush's mess in Afghanistan and Pakistan.