Bin Laden is dead.
I have little doubt that our fine media will debate the minutiae of every bit of it for quite some time. Was the raid legal? How was the intelligence gathered? Was it torture that drew out the golden nugget of info that led to Osama’s bunker? Why the burial at sea? Who should get credit? The Seals? Obama? Clinton? Bush? This Guy?
These questions and more will be the fuel for a politically charged back-and-forth debate all the way up to the 2012 election.
Regardless of how this story plays out, I do believe the $25,000,000 reward placed on Usama Bin Laden’s head should be paid. But to whom?
I’ll throw this idea in the hat. It was not a rogue warrior, a president or a self appointed mercenary that killed Bin Laden. The Navy Seals were at the head of the spear but I believe it was the collective sacrifice of members of the U.S. Military and their families over the past several years that made this mission successful. These are the people who deserve this reward!
I beleive the $25,000,000 dollar bounty should be spread generously across the entire nation through the local chapters of Operation Homefront.
What is Operation Homefront?
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:
- Financial assistance
- Emergency food
- Emergency home repairs
- Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers
- Home and appliance repair
- Furniture and household items
- Local moving assistance
- Community events
- Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing
I thought it would be fitting to share what I found interesting relating to this. Especially the affect on personal finance:
Free Money Wisdom contemplates the effect this will have on the markets.
Marketplace has a good summary of this issue as well.
Let me know what YOU think?