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Let’s commend Obama for getting Osama, not canonize him

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.



  1. The problem is Obama is trying to canonize himself to raise his poll ratings for some kind of political momentum; however, I expect this move to backfire because it is too much about Obama already. His Ground Zero campaign stop tomorrow is just too disgusting for words while he tries to use 9/11 families as props to help him for 2012. It reeks.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — May 4, 2011 @ 8:43 pm - May 4, 2011

  2. Some in the media (as well as their allies in the Democratic Party) are already trying to [over-]credit Barack Obama…

    It’s a politically-motivated frenzy – anything to distract from the economy, and the Ryan budget discussion! But it won’t help Obama, in the end.

    For one thing, it validates everything the lefties had claimed to hate about the Bush security policy: the (alleged) unilaterialism, the (alleged) extra-legalism, a “kill the bastards” mentality, treating terrorists first as battlefield combatants (more than as criminals with rights), waterboarding and wiretapping (insofar as they were part of the necessary intel threads), etc. Instead of the leftie wet dream of prosecuting Bush as a war criminal, Obama does what Bush probably would have done… then invites him to a Ground Zero celebration. “See, I outdid you! I’m Bushier than Bush!” Obama has not said that of course; but, logically and morally, it is one of the messages in his actions.

    For another thing, nothing can save Obama from the economic collapse that is coming. Well, there is a question of timing: if Obama can stall the collapse until after Sept 2012, then he wins re-election. But if he can’t, he doesn’t. And even if he can, he’ll wish in the end that he hadn’t.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 4, 2011 @ 9:08 pm - May 4, 2011

  3. Remember that picture of Obama and his National Security Team overseeing the operation, tense expressions on their faces as they monitored the SEAL Team’s operation to take out OBL?

    Yeah, it was a fake.

    Comment by V the K — May 4, 2011 @ 9:12 pm - May 4, 2011

  4. Commend not canonize sounds like the mature response. Good call.

    As Ann Coulter said, “American intelligence operations located Osama by following his trusted couriers, whose names were given up by al-Qaida members during harsh interrogations at CIA black sites under President Bush.”

    That said, I’m sure the hype will die down.

    Comment by Ben — May 4, 2011 @ 9:31 pm - May 4, 2011

  5. I’m sure the hype will die down.

    I’m not. Getting OBL is the one and only thing this administration can brag about. It’s Obama’s equivalent of the football game where Al Bundy scored four touchdowns for Polk High; the one thing that stands between him and complete loserdom.

    Comment by V the K — May 4, 2011 @ 9:40 pm - May 4, 2011

  6. Obama did something right, and he deserves credit. However, how much credit would the left be giving Bush if he were the one that ordered the operation to kill Osama? I am guessing the credit would be minimal, if not negligible. Bush would still be the pariah of the left.

    Comment by Naamloos — May 4, 2011 @ 10:11 pm - May 4, 2011

  7. 15.Just pure speculation, but wouldn’t some of those magnificient SEALs have those high-tech cams attached to their helmets. . .wouldn’t that be a treat to have access to those digital images. Guess will have to wait until the ‘consipiracy folk’ push the envelope again. . .

    Comment by rusty — May 3, 2011 @ 6:13 pm – May 3, 2011

    from the telegraph. . .
    Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

    now let’s see, no live coverage available. BUT what about some digitally stored backup. . .to be released when it is convenient

    Comment by rusty — May 4, 2011 @ 10:18 pm - May 4, 2011

  8. We may never learn the names of many of the others responsible for its success,

    If Leaky VP Bigot doesn’t shut up, we’ll probably know by the end of the weak.

    Comment by TGC — May 5, 2011 @ 3:50 am - May 5, 2011

  9. It’s time to get The Donald on the case.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — May 5, 2011 @ 4:00 am - May 5, 2011

  10. Re: The Situation Room Picture:

    Why didn’t they let that little guy crouched down in the corner sit at the table? Oh, I know, his job assignment was to keep Biden awake.

    Comment by Heliotrope — May 5, 2011 @ 8:15 am - May 5, 2011

  11. 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.

    I’ve got no problem with this at all. Obama, nor his predecessor, had the training and military knowledge to do more. Realistically, there have only been a few Presidents in the last 110 years who could have taken a more active role… I can only think of two: Theodore Roosevelt and of course Ike. But the President still makes the final call.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 5, 2011 @ 11:16 am - May 5, 2011

  12. remeber the fire fight the SEALs fought through? Yeah it too was fake

    al Kuwaiti fired and was killed, then no more shots at the team…..bin Laden supposedly did have weapons within reach, but was not holding them…good. I hope he stared longingly at them….But they still have time to change the story yet again.

    To quibble a bit with Sonic, but GWB did have the training for this. He was an officer and learned you tell the others “Do This” and let them go do that while you concern your self with “What Next?”

    Comment by JP — May 5, 2011 @ 12:36 pm - May 5, 2011

  13. In less “civilized” times, an event like the killing of OBL would have been met with pealing bells and solemn festivities and ceremonial. A “Te Deum” in some great cathedral with the full panoply of national leadership and the elites represented. Our Washington Cathedral, NYC’s St. Patrick’s or St. John’s…or the Brits’ St Paul’s Cathedral…with pomp, processions, and singing choirs of Handel, Elgar and Vaughn Williams.

    Instead, we have Barry and a cheap-ass wreath, propped-up on handy 2x4s.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — May 5, 2011 @ 1:51 pm - May 5, 2011

  14. by the end of the weak.

    Damn. Week, rather.

    Comment by TGC — May 5, 2011 @ 4:26 pm - May 5, 2011

  15. Obama was going to give a teleprompter speech, but the backlash of 9/11 being ALL ABOUT OBAMA grew until Obama was reduced to laying a wreath & pretending to show empathy since he cannot look in a mirror while hugging other people other than himself.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — May 5, 2011 @ 5:54 pm - May 5, 2011

  16. he grins, ohhh you girls are so hateful with your words. no wonder that the left says that you all are motivated by hatred. 🙂

    Comment by The Griper — May 5, 2011 @ 6:21 pm - May 5, 2011

  17. To start another thread…
    any ideas on fridays unemployment
    percentage or number?
    I’m predicting only 110,000 jobs created in April….and an
    unemployment rate going up to 9.3%
    Talk of a double dip recession will now gain steam.
    God Help us all.
    Since Obama is using Bush 43 anti terror techniques could he please now
    use Reagan economic policies? In 1983 growth was ramping up to
    7, 8 and 9%. Not the horrible 1.8% announced during the April 2011 month by this regime.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — May 5, 2011 @ 8:45 pm - May 5, 2011

  18. And already, liberals are saying he shouldn’t have been killed here

    “I don’t know full details any more than anyone else does. But I do believe that in such circumstances when we are faced with someone who was manifestly a war criminal, in terms of the atrocities inflicted, it is important that justice is seen to be observed.”

    Comment by The_Livewire — May 5, 2011 @ 9:35 pm - May 5, 2011

  19. I’m sure that JoyBehar also thinks that if “we” don’t cancel the 2012 elections, then BO should.

    Comment by davek — May 6, 2011 @ 1:18 pm - May 6, 2011

  20. “Let’s commend Obama for getting Osama, not canonize him”.

    Today’s headline brought to you by the website that’s deified Reagan…

    Comment by Kevin — May 7, 2011 @ 11:26 pm - May 7, 2011

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