Today is a strange day in American history, perhaps stranger than any we’ve had in the 21st century. On the one hand, we’re reminded of the greatness of the United States—not her perfection, mind you, but her greatness: Attack us, and no matter who you are, we will brush ourselves off and find you. Our arms are long and our memories are longer, and, once we have the right information, we have the ability to hunt down one of the most heavily guarded people in the world in a matter of eight months—less time than it takes to gestate a baby. Unlike George W. Bush’s premature declaration of “Mission Accomplished,” this really does feel like the conclusion of something, the shaking off of a burden. On the other hand, in many ways, today seems stridently un-American, too.
When you “piss on Osama’s grave” you make America unexceptional. As an oustider looking in, this article was an interesting read. See more here: