First of all, let me say, thank goodness Bin Laden is dead, but no, the world is not a safer place. Alongside the Twin Towers and the Madrid Train bombings, London was the scene of Al Qaeda's last successful attack, so I will shed no tears for him.
But let us get back to the man of the moment - President Obama. The man who got the job done, and one of the most brilliant politicians around. At the beginning of the week, he looked like he was in trouble. Challenged by one of the richest men in America, he gave in to demands and humiliated himself by submitting his birth certificate for the world to see...
But as Obama submitted that certificate, he said a crucial phrase. I've got better things to do. And yes, he knew exactly what he was doing. Donald Trump played directly into his hands, shouting from the rooftops that he got the president to kneel to his demands. Trump was King Kong, his cash would buy next year's presidential election. But he did not listen to Obama's words, I've got better things to do. Because the President knew, that week, what he was really doing.
Here is what Obama's diary probably looked like for the week:
27th April - Release Birth Certificate.
28th April - Play with the kids.
29th April - Sign the Order for Operation Blatant House in the Middle of Pakistan.
30th April - Make sure Alabama has enough cash to sort itself out.
1st May - Execute order and tell the American people about Bin Laden's demise. And watch Trump squirm.
Bin Laden's death is not going to make the world a better or safer place. No one is too naive for that. And in the end, killing him is vengeful, instead of trying to bring him to justice. But at the same time, it would have been awkward and we all know that Obama did not want anymore American casualties. But some good is going to come out of this. NATO (that includes us) will finally be able to withdraw from Afghanistan, probably in 2012 not 2014 as planned. Secondly, we can stop pouring so much money into Pakistan. I love the country (beautiful), but despise its government, and the sooner the west leaves that region alone, the better off we will be. I just feel really sorry for India having the Pakistan government as its neighbour...