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Updated on May 1, 2012

A story to be proud of.

Getting rid of the most notorious terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden, was a challenging and difficult task, and to do it would cost lives, and not to mention the huge sums of money that would be involved; because he was very much protected by his organization, al Qaeda, and some would say, by the Pakistani army and government.

Osama bin Laden was on the run for more than five years, and through that time, he had four wives and had children by some of them; and yet, though he had a bounty reward of several million dollars on his head, there was no single report of his sighting anywhere.

The world's most wanted man seemed to disappear into thin air, and tracking him became more illusive than finding "Big foot" in the rainforest of Borneo, for there was no hint of his whereabouts, despite the intensified search for him.

The September 11th, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in Washington D.C. and New York City, respectively, have taken a toll on the United States, in terms of innocent American lives lost and the country's economy being devastated, due to the gigantic role the WTC played in the overall world economic system.

Wall Street has been badly hit, and a whole chunk of world markets and monetary systems operations were in disarray, almost equal to the year 2000 glitch, Y2K; in which governments around the globe were confused and trying desperately to find a way out of the impending disaster.

That was how the situation looked like, when President Barack Obama came to power, when unemployment was at its highest, the U.S. engaged in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and government spending losing its limits, because of the combined war effort.

At the same time, Osama bin Laden had to be dealt with; and so it would take the Obama administration to device the most detailed, strategic and secretive planning to tackle the strained economy, to continue the two wars and to find the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks; all rolled into one.

Since then, Iraq has been handed over to the Iraqis, and there was a drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, and to get the Afghans to take the responsibility of running their own affairs and protecting that country's sovereignty, and to enable the troops of the U.S. and its allies to leave Afghanistan to its own people.

Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden has been caught, and he has been dealt the justice that he deserved, and that was ending his life by U.S. forces, the Navy Seals to be exact, under the command of President Obama.

That was not a minimal accomplishment, with respect to all the other issues that the government had to face, both at home and around the world; with freeing Libya without a single U.S. casualty, making Iran to drop its nuclear ambition and helping European countries to put their finances in order, plus a host of other problems that needed to be addressed.

In hindsight, the U.S. has done very well; and considering all the uncertainties that still laid ahead, it would do better in the future. That was what the 2012 presidential election was all about; for America to continue doing well, both domestically and in world affairs, under a strong and trusted leadership.

Therefore, President Obama has every right to talk about what he and the country has been through, including the capture of a criminal as bin Laden was; and how, as president, he made the decision to protect America from al Qaeda, which plotted the 9/11 attacks, by ending bin Laden's life, as the leader of that ultra terrorist group.

His (Obama's) campaign ad just told that story in a nutshell and nothing else.


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      owurakwasip 5 years ago

      As for Ariana Huffington, everybody hates her accent. She should go back to Hungary or wherever.

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      I really do not comment or down articles, we all write for different reasons. But I am sorry, I cannot let this one go, The only thing Obama can take credit for saying go ahead after he had his arm twisted for a week by Leon Panetta. Obama said no and if Panetta was not there, I have no doubt Bin Laden would still be alive today. To take this victory week tour, the video featuring Clinton another one who let Bin Laden go and use it as a campaing tool is discraceful, and that is the word of Ariana Huffington, a super far left leberal.