EPISODE NUMBER: 7057 (May 2, 2011)
GUESTS: Richard Haass, Francis Fukuyama
SEGMENTS: Long-Awaited “We Got Bin Laden” Party, Carefree Pre-9/11 World, Relations with Pakistan – Richard Haass
VIDEOS: Monday, May 2, 2011
Well hey there, Zoners! We’re all caught up on past episode guides, so now we’re hopefully back to getting these posted in a little more timely manner. And I have to say, this is one show I thought I’d never see — the “We Got Bin Laden!” episode. I enjoyed watching Stephen do a table of contents for the show-that-might’ve-been, but of course there was no way he was going to talk about anything other than Sunday’s big news. I think he did a fantastic job of balancing the “woo hoo, we got him!” celebration with the genuine questions that still remain even now that Bin Laden is gone. And he even gave President Obama the credit he deserved for overseeing the plan for the successful operation… for exactly thirty minutes. The long-delayed balloon drop with the celebratory broccoli-colored cake was a funny touch, but my favorite part was the “Bin Laden is dead” montage, complete with the fantastically appropriate Wizard of Oz clip. I don’t know about you guys, but I had “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” kind of stuck in my head for most of the day yesterday. And this is no lie, at some point yesterday morning, I wondered how much of last night’s show Stephen and the writers would have to rewrite because of Sunday’s events!
As Stephen discussed with both guests, the fact that we got Bin Laden doesn’t also mean the end of the story. While there’s a tremendous sense of relief that he’s finally, finally gone, there are still some important issues as a result, including what this means for our relationship with Pakistan. (Come on, how could they not know he was there?) And Bin Laden’s death is only the end of one chapter in the fight against terrorism. But for now, while I’m not exactly celebrating (I’m like Stephen, I want this to be the last time I feel happy about someone’s death), I do feel relieved, and I hope Sunday’s events bring some closure to the families of the 9/11 victims. I also feel a great sense of pride in our special ops troops — specifically, Navy SEAL Team Six — who were able to carry out Sunday’s operation successfully and without any U.S. casualties.
There’s a lot to talk about with this episode, and I’m sure you guys have some thoughts on Sunday’s events. Share with us in the comments!