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.