I am happy about the news that Osama bin Laden is dead and in U.S. custody.
I'm not happy because he's dead. In fact, I wish he was alive. But I also realize that we probably would never taken him alive, and even if we did, a mob or a passionate individual might have finished the job.
I'm also not happy because I think this will end terrorism, because it won't. In certain ways, it might agitate some elements.
Nor am I happy because it happened under President Obama's watch as opposed to Bush's.
I am happy because Osama bin Laden can no longer make the world a worse place. It's a bit of good news amid much uncertainty. And I don't think it needs any political or primal dressing to have impact.