Killing Osama bin Laden is the Most Audacious Plan in 500 Years

Posted by Troy on 20th March 2012 in Current Events, Political

Joe Biden has recently said that killing Osama bin Laden was the most audacious plan in 500 years.  This is a pretty steep claim.  Let’s see, that goes back to 1512.  Too bad, so close to Columbus setting sail in 1492.  Okay, let’s throw some ideas out there:

1 – The Spanish sending 500 men to conquer Mexico, 1528.  Mexico’s a huge place.  Even playing guns vs. bows, that’s a pretty heavy load.

2 – Germany thinking they could take over the world (twice), WWI and WWII.  Germany’s pretty small.  Why would they think that they could beat the entire world?

3 – D-Day, 1944.  An amphibious assault against well fortified bunkers across 100 yards of open land.  Yeah.  That.

4 – The battle of Inchon, 1950.  MacArthur beaches his own ships, leaving them stuck on dry land until high tide, to gain an advantage.  If the Koreans respond quickly, all the ships and sailors are dead meat.

5 – The moon landing.  We can debate if it happened or not, but it’s definitely an audacious plan, isn’t it?

6 – Operation Eagle Claw, 1980.  I didn’t say all audacious plans are smart.  Most audacious plans are stupid.  This was Carter’s idea to save the hostages in Iran.  About ten things had to go off perfectly to give it a 50/50 shot of being a success.  I like to pretend Carter isn’t from Georgia sometimes.

7 – Pearl Harbor, 1941.  Isoroku Yamamoto warned Japan that, if they attacked Pearl Harbor, they would severely injure the American Pacific fleet.  The Japanese would then be free to wreck havoc for about six months, but then America would recover and would slowly push them back and would defeat Japan.  As he responded after Pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

8 – The American Revolution, 1776.  Thirteen small colonies stand against the most powerful empire the world had ever seen.

9 – The Constitution, 1787.  The first representative republic is formed.  The birth of the modern era of government for the people, by the people.

10 – Obamacare, 2010.  Give the man his credit.  He won’t let the will of the people, common sense, or the Constitution stop him from getting his way.  That’s pretty damn audacious.

There are probably hundreds more audacious plans.  I just ripped these off the top of my head based only on my knowledge of US History.  If I had extensive knowledge of the histories of other countries, I should image they have just as many audacious plans.

Long Live the Constitution

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