“Jack Bauer” has been trending on twitter today, need I say more? I do have a couple of thoughts on the events that transpired yesterday.
First, I don’t believe that celebrating the death of another human is appropriate. I also don’t think that is what people are doing. The celebration is over the inability of one man to infringe on our basic human rights. I can relate to that, as I believe we all can.
Second, we cannot forget that this came at a enormous cost. I doubt it was worth it, but they are all now sunk costs so it doesn’t matter anymore.
Third, apparently we kept his sister’s brain when she died in Boston to run DNA tests on him. That strikes me as unethical and slightly surprising.
Fourth, to those that caused the price of oil to drop several percent, What were you thinking? Also silver. There was one large sell order that caused the price to drop 5%. I bet if you added up all the drops in commodities at the open today they would be billions of dollars. To think that one man can impact the markets this much when we didn’t even know who he was and he hadn’t attacked the US or other nations in years makes me wonder why you all have jobs as traders. The fact that nearly everything has rebounded already demonstrates that his death means very little more than the symbolism it represents.
Fifth, burying him at sea was a good decision.
Sixth, I cannot imagine this having a significant impact on the presidential election. The focus is going to be the economy. All this death means is that the GOP cannot accuse Obama of being soft on national security issues. Also, people have such short memories in this country.
Seventh, when Obama’s news conference was announced I was about to go to sleep. I was hoping for a couple of things. First I was hoping that Obama would sit there in front of a camera for thirty minutes (the announcement was for 10:30pm EST), and when 11:00pm EST came, he should have stated “Thank you fellow Americans. I just wanted to ruin Celebrity Apprentice’s ratings”. This in the wake of the excellent comedy at the recent Whitehouse correspondent’s dinner. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.
[Update: 4:44pm. If I had bothered to check, I would have seen that silver futures were down before the news came out last night. Still, the markets were initially up and ended down. What I said holds true, except for silver, which was down due to someone big selling. My apologies. I will leave the post as it was.]