But no one will ever throw them a parade.
The CIA agents and others who had the dirty job of coercing invaluable intelligence information out of desperate, murderous terrorists were actually threatened with criminal prosecution in the early days of the current administration. Today, that administration is understandably basking in the glory of the takedown of Osama bin Laden.
Is there a "thank you" card that covers such a thing?
There's a debate raging inside the Beltway over whether "enhanced" interrogation techniques such as waterboarding led to the identity of the courier who ultimately left a trail leading to bin Laden.
Regardless, there's no doubt that a much-maligned intelligence community is responsible for finally putting an end to the threat from the world's most infamous terrorist and mass murderer.
President George W. Bush ended up being hated and abused by the left -- and for what? Trying too hard to protect the country.
In many ways, the nameless agents assigned to protect us by ferreting out information from our enemies suffered the same fate. An ungrateful and amnesic liberal horde wanted to make an example of these agents -- even though they had acted on the highest authorities of the government and legal advice therein.
Thank God we got to bin Laden first.