Skip to comments.The Death of Bin Laden: One Year Later (Pro Obama Piece)
Posted on 05/03/2012 4:18:57 AM PDT by YourAdHere
What if it had failed?
What if the daring decision of President Obama one year ago this week to deploy the now mythic Seal Team Six to finally take out Osama bin Laden the architect of the September 11, 2001 attack on this country had ended in catastrophe for America?
If that clandestine raid of bin Ladens compound in Pakistan where he hid essentially in plain sight in the small town of Abbottabad it wouldnt have only been a catastrophe for America, it would have been politically catastrophic for the Obama presidency.
The Republicans who with titanic hypocrisy lamented the politics of the one year anniversary of the killing of bin Laden and the presidents mastery of the moment would have ripped him to shreds with great glee, IF he had failed. And that failure would have almost assuredly sealed his fate as a one term president.
But, he didnt; Obamas big gamble paid off and America won. Osama bin Laden ultimately ended up at the bottom of the ocean with a bullet in his head.
For over two decades, bin Laden has been Al Qaedas leader and symbol, said President Obama in a televised speech to an ecstatic nation. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nations effort to defeat Al-Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort. Theres no doubt that Al-Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad, he said.
But, so much could have gone wrong on that fateful night in Pakistan and for that reason many of the most experienced and trusted members of President Obamas cabinet advised him to stand down.
Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates all essentially said `no.
President Obama literally stood alone.
He said the mission to kill bin Laden was, the longest 40 minutes of my life. And they were 40 minutes wrought with peril for all involved, from the heroic men in Abbottabad to the man who made the call in the situation room in Washington, D.C.
It was his call and his call alone and he made it.
Now the Republicans led by Mitt Romney, the presidents presumptive opponent in November accuse him of spiking the ball, one year after the death of bin Laden.
They accuse the president of, playing politics.
Well, what would the Republicans do?
We know what President George W. Bush did at the onset of the second Gulf War, and it can be described in two words; Mission Accomplished.
Romney begrudges President Obama this moment and he decries the politics of it.
Then he literally cries foul when the president questions whether Romney would have had the guts or the acumen to make the same call.
Romney is the same man who ham-handedly said Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon during an Obama second term and they would not obtain a nuclear weapon during a Romney presidency.
Romney is the same man who on the one-year anniversary of the death of bin Laden showed up at a firehouse in lower Manhattan that lost 11 men during the terrorist attacks on 911 with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and an armful of pizzas.
Yet, Romney accuses the President of the United States of playing politics?
Of course President Obama is playing politics as every president since George Washington has done.
Pat Buchanan of all people once said President Obama was one of the greatest political athletes he has ever seen. And he plays the game with the elan of Magic Johnson.
Over the course of many years prior to that terrible Tuesday in September 2001 I made the sojourn from Baltimore up 95 North to New York dozens of times, because even though I loathe the Yankees I love New York.
And every single time I crossed out of New Jersey and closed in on the Holland Tunnel I glanced to my right to catch the awe-inspiring sight of the Twin Towers rising above the island of Manhattan. And every single time I had the same visceral reaction like a shot of adrenaline awakening me to the fact I was about to enter the greatest city in the world.
On that terrible Tuesday in September 2001 bin Ladens henchmen knocked down the Towers, killed 3,000 people and changed life in America forever.
But, now the man who crafted that diabolical plot who evaded us for 10 long years after 911 is gone too.
What if it had failed?
He would have found someone to place the blame on.
This phony wanker wins the prize for single-handedly killing the muslim equivalent of Sandy Claws.
Everyone likes to bash Carter, but don’t you think Carter’s decision to send a team to free those hostages was more gutsy than Obama’s decision to send a team to kill or capture Osama, who was in a basically unarmed home that wasn’t difficult to get to by helicopter? Carter’s mission failed because his helicopter people flew their machines in a manner that allowed sand to stop their engines. The Carter mission was more dangerous than Obama’s in several respects.
Maybe it did. We have “0” evidence.
What a man. Our first Navy SEAL President.
I keep wondering if he’ll ever put a drone with a hellfire into my family car. He thinks we terrorize couples with offers of loving help that they would reconsider fashionably ending the life of their babies.
Saint Toulorge, we stand beside you.
From a purely military standpoint, had a helicopter crashed, good soldiers might've died. This happens all the time in military operations--unfortunate, but that's what soldiers do.
From an intelligence, diplomatic, and public relations' standpoint, if they got to the compound and bin Laden wasn't there, so what? What have they lost? It had been 10+ years, and we had not captured the head of Al Qaeda, what would we be losing? And so we flew into a middle-eastern country and conducted covert operations--that's never happened before, has it? I'm sure there were plenty of people between Obama and the operation, so had it gone south, those people--from the scene commander right up to Leon Panetta--could've taken the fall.
The bottom line was, this operation offered a heavy reward, with a light risk. It would've been supremely foolish NOT to take that risk. Obama knows he got lucky with this...with the military infrastructure and intelligence made available to him through the orders of George Bush, Osama bin Laden was offered on a silver platter.
Let's enter the “way-back-machine” and return to the storied days of yesteryear to 1980 to be precise.
There was another high risk high return raid in the young war on terrorism. (BTW that war, our current war, started 1 July 1977 when Congress directed the DOD to field a counter-terrorist force to fight Islamic terrorism anywhere in the world.)
In 1980 as in 2011 the decision to mount the raid was a political one - the ability to conduct the missions existed prior to the politically driven “Go”.
In 1980 it failed and Americans died.
In 2011 it succeeded and American lived.
The immediate political fall out of the 1980 raid was the defeat of Jimmy Carter's reelection bid. The beginning of the Reagan era.
The immediate fall out of the 2011 raid is still unknown. But, Team Obama’s gross mismanagement of the raid's success could also result in a failed reelection bid.
If that happens there is still hope for the Republic. Who knows maybe Mitt will be an adult President. Wouldn't that be nice?
Not a problem.