Bin Laden Is Dead — but at What Cost?

Thursday, 12 May 2011 07:37 AM

By Wayne Allyn Root

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Like the rest of America I cheered at the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was thrilled. One of the great vile, evil, villains of modern history had been eliminated. If you weren’t celebrating, there is a chip missing from your DNA.

But don’t be distracted and forget the truth about government. As Ronald Reagan once said, "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem." Government fails miserably at virtually everything it does, year after year, day after day, hour after hour.

Government is brutal. Government violates our rights. Government steals your money and property. Government steals your liberty.

Most of all, government loves to use sleight of hand to distract you. It manages to do one thing right, and then it tries to use it to make us forget the incompetence and the misery tit has inflicted on us.

Should one successful accomplishment make the citizens forget the multitude of failures, theft, and rights violations of government? Government at its best is a necessary evil, and that hasn’t changed.

Often even when government succeeds, it manages to fail miserably. Exhibit A is the killing of Osama bin Laden. Great job. God bless Navy SEAL Team Six. They have my eternal thanks for keeping my four children safe at night. But it took the U.S. government 10 years, two gigantic wars, and over one trillion dollars to find one terrorist with kidney problems, whose face was known by every human being in the world, hiding in plain sight in the middle of a country supposedly run by our allies.

The final episode of “Who Shot Osama” may have gotten record ratings and applause, but the long-running TV series should have been canceled a decade ago. This entire episode proves government is an incompetent, inefficient, dismal flop. If Uncle Sam was a CEO, the shareholders would have fired him nine years and a few hundred billion dollars ago over this embarrassment.

You know what this whole episode really proves? Privatize as much of the government as possible, so it stops wasting our taxpayer money. If we had outsourced the job of finding and killing Osama to Ross Perot, Donald Trump, Bill Gates, or Richard Branson, allowed them to them put together their own private team of bounty hunters, and offered them  a reward, they would have gotten the job done in a week or two. And the U.S. taxpayers would have saved hundreds of billions.

Osama would have been sleeping with the fishes back in 1998 after the embassy bombings, or in 2000 after the U.S.S. Cole bombing. 9/11 would never have happened in the first place.

Our brilliant government listened to an incompetent CIA tell us that Iraq had WMD and Osama had kidney disease. It turns out there were no WMD and Osama had no kidney disease. If the CIA was a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice," Donald Trump would say, “You’re fired.”

Wayne Allyn Root is a former libertarian vice presidential nominee. He now serves as chairman of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee. He is the best-selling author of "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts." His website: www.ROOTforAmerica.com


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