The article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. Click here to listen to the author discuss covert war and the killing of Osama bin Ladenplan for dealing with the Vietnam War: declare victory and go home. Roundly ignored at the time, it’s a plan worth considering again today for a war in Afghanistan and Pakistan now in its tenth year. As everybody not blind, deaf and dumb knows by now, Osama bin Laden has been eliminated. Literally. By Navy SEALs. Or as one of a crowd of revelers who appeared in front of the White House Sunday night put it on an impromptu sign riffing on The Wizard of Oz: “Ding, Dong, Bin Laden Is Dead.” And wouldn’t it be easy if he had indeed been the Wicked Witch of the West and all we needed to do was click those ruby slippers three times, say “There’s no place like home” and be back in Kansas. Or if this were V-J day and a sailor’s kiss said it all. Unfortunately, in every way that matters for Americans, it’s an illusion that Osama bin Laden is dead. In every way that matters, he will fight on, barring a major Obama administration policy shift… Read full this story
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