Good Wednesday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Obama’s decision: Commentary
Bloomberg’s Jonathan Alter argues that President Obama’s decision to dispatch a U.S. Navy SEAL-led strike team to eliminate Osama bin Laden could revive America’s can-do spirit. He writes:
… Should al-Qaida retaliate, Americans will rally around their president as they did after 9/11. Were bin Laden still at large, even a small attack on U.S. soil would have seemed more menacing and lapses in security would have been blamed on the president. The same goes for the withdrawal from Afghanistan scheduled to begin in July. Obama now has a freer hand to de-escalate without worrying about criticism from hardliners.
Beyond politics lie the intangibles of the American spirit.
The killing of bin Laden won’t end the war on al-Qaida or let us keep our shoes on in the airport. The economy is still a rough place for millions, the deficit is rising and China is gaining on us. Partisan divisions will resurface. But we should see the veil of fear and bitterness that has afflicted us for the last decade begin to lift. The old can-do competence that beat the Depression and won World War II isn’t dead yet. Happier days may be here again.
Here’s what our colleagues are saying today:
Don’t speak his name: Editorial, Daily News
Obama’s risk paid off: Editorial, Newsday
SUNY challenged to offer a vision: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Politics prevent SUNY solutions: Editorial, Times Herald-Record
Fracking fight makes a good case for ethics reform: Editorial, Utica Observer-Dispatch
Where does raid leave U.S.-Pakistan ties?: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times