U.S. Vies for Triple Crown

In the United States, the first Saturday in May is known for Louisville’s Kentucky Derby. The “Run for the Roses” , as it is known in racing circles, features 3 year old thoroughbreds in a battle to the finish line taking all of about 2 minutes to complete.
Having lived in Louisville for a short time in my life, I have to admit the first Saturday in May is one of great fanfare and celebration. Beautiful women in gowns and hats, mint juleps, fantastic thoroughbreds, great food, and the chance to win or lose at the betting window.
The Kentucky Derby is also known as the first leg of the “Triple Crown”. Three races make up the Triple Crown with the Kentucky Derby being the first, followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Winning all three of these races is looked upon as the greatest accomplishment for a thoroughbred horse. The Triple Crown honor has been achieved only 11 times since 1919 with the last being Affirmed in 1978.
After watching the news regarding the death of Usama Bin Laden, it brought to mind the United States will be vying for a triple crown of it’s own. The death of Bin Laden was the first leg. With Bin Laden gone, someone will position themselves as leader of Bin Laden’s Jihad. The ones that seem to be front-runners are Ayman al-Zawahiri and Anwar al-Alwaki. Let me introduce you to the second and the third legs of the United States Anti-terrorism Triple Crown. The legs are not necessarily in order as it is in horseracing. The dates and order of the legs are not mandated as they are in horseracing.
It has been reported that leg two was narrowly missed by a U.S. drone attack on Thursday which resulted in the death of two-midlevel Al-Qaeda militants. Leg two could have been Alwaki. There is a fortunate difference between horseracing and fighting terrorism. In fighting terrorism, the opportunity exist to run the race again, and again, and again until the desired outcome has been reached.
Now, winning the thoroughbred Triple Crown brings with it trophies, millions of dollars, and a chance to make additional millions in future stud fees. I don’t see the U.S. being presented with a trophy after the accomplishment of an anti-terror Triple. I don’t see it receiving millions of dollars in prize money, and I definitely don’t see any future stud fees.