It’s already beginning. Some in the media (as well as their allies in the Democratic Party) are already trying to credit Barack Obama as the man who single-handedly tracked down Osama bin Laden, okayed the risky operation to eliminate him, clandestinely went into Pakistan to face him in his lair where he, while an adoring team of Navy SEALs looked on, strangled him with his bare hands while the terrorist brandished a knife, crossbow and submachine gun.
Heck, Joy Behar thinks we should just cancel the 2012 election.
In article that doesn’t mention the contributions of any other administration official — or any member of our armed forces — the AP anoints Obama the mastermind of the operation:
By secretly sending a team of special operations forces into an enemy fortress in a suburban neighborhood of a sovereign country, President Barack Obama chose the path of greatest risk, but also greatest reward.
There were so many ways it could have gone wrong.
Meanwhile, a dubiously-sourced piece, widely referenced on conservative web-sites, suggests that CIA Director Leon Panetta was the real driving force behind the operation with the president little more than a spectator. I’m with Glenn on this, “The story might be true, but I’ll need a lot more convincing. This is telling too many people what they want to hear.” The supposed Washington insider contends that Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, General David Petraeus, and Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper spearheaded the operation.
Now, from everything I’ve read, it appears there is some merit to this argument, as it is clear Clintonistas Panetta and Hillary as well Bush holdovers, Gates and Petraeus, were pushing this type of operation. But, none of them could give the final go-ahead.
We may never learn the names of many of the others responsible for its success, interrogators at Guantanamo and other U.S. detention facilities, CIA agents who worked with persistence and determination over nine years to pursue countless clues (many leading to dead ends) and, of course, those brave Navy SEALs who carried out their task so professionally.
And yes, while these people did the bulk of the work the president gave the operation the go-ahead — as only he could. He deserves credit for that. Now, some offer a more cynical view, with the National Review‘s Peter Krisanow, for example, writing, “there’s little to suggest that the decision was one that required exceptional judgment or discretion on the president’s part.”
All that said, while nameless CIA agents and Navy SEALS may have developed the plan to eliminate Osama and administration officials been the driving force pushing the plan, President Obama did appoint them and trust in their judgment. And in my book, that’s worth something.
No, he’s not the mastermind of this plan nor a leader of Biblical proportions, but a man who put the right people in place to execute this particular operation. That’s why we should give him credit, but that we should deem him some unique kind of leader, with unusual talents found only in divine prophets and benevolent potentates.