Words from the founding fathers

Words from the founding fathers

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Special to The Press

Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac, August of 1750, “Little strokes fell great oaks.”
Well a big oak fell  this past Sunday when the brave American Navy Seals entered a compound in Pakistan not knowing for sure what they’d find, but wound up killing Osama bin Laden.  What a honest expression of excitement and gratitude followed the announcement of the news.  
I only wish the president had been able to announce it before the news media figured out what the announcement would be.
Hats off to President Obama and his team for carrying out a mission that could have been a huge failure.  I appreciate him calling President Bush and informing him too.  Our President showed much courage and leadership.  
This has been a long time coming. We should be grateful to all who have had a part in the outcome of this mission.  
It all began on Sept 12, 2001, when our country shook off the shock of the day before and began the journey of finding those responsible.  From the Bush Administration to the Obama Administration, from the CIA to the military intelligence, from the newest recruit to the highest ranking military officials, from the interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to those who attended to the detainees’ needs, from the military cooks to the Navy Seals who killed Bin Laden; they all share in the culmination of information and events that came together on Sunday.  All these “little strokes” came together and then the “big oak” fell.
Was it worth it?  Yes, every penny.  Could we have done things differently as a government and as a country.  Yes, and we can debate that, but for now let’s celebrate this accomplishment.  There is plenty of time to analyze all the aspects of what happened leading up to his death, the pictures, the burial, etc…  For now,  good job President Obama and your administration, thanks President Bush and his administration, but most of all, thank you to all those military men, women, and their families who serve and defend us every day.   We could never repay those who serve for their selfless dedication. We are proud of you!

wcp 5/5/11

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