It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing was the high point of Obama’s first term, and a major factor in his re-election. The White House still maintains that the mission was an all-American affair, and that the senior generals of Pakistan’s army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) were not told of the raid in advance. This is false, as are many other elements of the Obama administration’s account. The White House’s story might have been written by Lewis Carroll: would bin Laden, target of a massive international manhunt, really decide that a resort town forty miles from Islamabad would be the safest place to live and command al-Qaida’s operations? He was hiding in the open. So America said.
Let's posit that everything that Hersh puts forward is true: The Pakistanis were harboring Bin Laden, they were doing so as a means of keeping al-Qaida out of their country (that is, preventing terrorist attacks on their soil), they were basically keeping him alive as a rat in a prison for that explicit purpose and someone in their military structure ratted out his location.
We have good reason to believe that Bin Laden was dependent on dialysis a long time before he died, and that was flatly impossible to be the case if he was living in a cave. But it's not if he was under the care of physicians in a Pakistani facility, is it? Nope. However, dialysis is a death sentence and a nasty, slow one too, so that he'd be in severely-bad shape at this point would be expected too.
Further, Hersh's story is that Saudi Arabia was basically funding all of this. So what? We know Saudi Arabia was likely behind funding for 9/11 as that has leaked into the open despite being "classified", and our government and we, the American people, are too pussified to do anything about it. That's right, we openly support, provide arms to and buy oil from a nation that appears to have, facially, bombed us and killed 3,000 of our citizens -- an attack more successful in terms of dead people than that on Pearl Harbor.
Heh, if you've lost your balls, you've lost them. 60 years previous we would have and did declare war and go after the people who bombed us. In 2001, not so much, and anyone with 2 firing neurons to rub together in America has had trivially available to them enough information to believe, even if they couldn't prove it, that Saudi Arabia was behind it. The fact that nearly 15 years later the US Government still refuses to de-classify the parts of their investigation that appear to facially prove this fact and that we as Americans sit on our ass blithely and willfully averting our eyes while building memorials and buildings in NYC is testament to the fact that this nation has lost its balls and is willing to sit still while 3,000 of us are murdered by a deliberate attack on our nation's soil.
Heh, it is what it is.
So do I give a good damn whether Bin Laden really was buried at sea, or whether we had Pakistani "cooperation" and "found him" in a facility where he was being cared for, and further he was already on death's door anyway? Do I give a damn that Obama lied about the details of how we found him, where he was in relationship to outside support and whether he really was in any sort of physical condition to reach for an AK-47?
Oh hell no.
Our nation gave up giving a crap about being attacked on our own soil a decade earlier, and it has done nothing to evidence a change in view since. Hasan shoots up a military base screaming Allah Akhbar! and we as Americans not only refuse to demand that be called a terrorist attack and a military assault on our own base, awarding those injured in that action purple hearts and giving those KIA military honors for years, we still pretend at an "official" level that this was "workplace violence."
We did not rise on 9/12/2001 and demand that everyone responsible for 9/11's attack, including the funding and logistical sources, face the sort of wrath that the Japanese faced after December 7th, 1941. We did not call Hasan's outrageous assault on our military men and women the act of war that it was. We have utterly refused to name our enemy and go after them even though they have publicly declared war not only in word but deed, and it didn't start with 9/11 either -- anyone remember the USS Cole?
No, blowing up a ship wasn't enough, killing 3,000 Americans wasn't enough and acts of war on our own military installations aren't enough. There is nothing that's enough any more for Americans to rise and demand that our leaders call things what they are, that they act as is appropriate when someone declares war upon you, and that while peace is a laudable goal and is to be pursued you cannot have it so long as those who have declared themselves as you enemy are trying to kill you and you certainly don't respond to those who foment such violent attacks by giving or selling them billions in arms and trading with them as if they were friends.
I'll give a crap about this when we find our balls as a nation once again -- if we ever do before all of our heads get cut off, one at a time, for refusing to pray facing the right direction and at the proper time.