Skip to comments.Credit Where Credit Is Also Due
Posted on 05/02/2011 6:14:50 PM PDT by Kaslin
National Security: The decidedly non-multilateral killing of Osama bin Laden came after a long hunt. President Obama took credit, but it was George W. Bush's detainment and interrogation policies that provided the big break.
The courier was the key. He goes into the history books with the prothonotary warbler, the rare bird that exposed Alger Hiss as a communist spy.
And with Iraq's Tikriti tribe, the source of the breakthrough that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.
And with David Kaczynski, the brother of the Unabomber, whose tip led the FBI to a remote Montana cabin where the convicted mass murderer had a live bomb ready to mail to another unsuspecting victim.
It was in 2007 during the Bush presidency that the U.S. discovered the real name of bin Laden's secret courier. We originally knew of him from captured terrorists held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, who told U.S. interrogators his nom de guerre earlier in Bush's term.
Interrogations revealed the courier to be a protege of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Indeed, it might be that KSM himself, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was the source of the information perhaps after being waterboarded.
What was Barack Obama doing in 2007? He was complaining in campaign speeches that the Bush administration had failed "to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005."
As it turns out, the Bush administration in 2007 was gathering information that would be used less than four years later to eliminate bin Laden during the Obama presidency.
Then-Sen. Obama promised that "if we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and (then-Pakistani) President Musharraf won't act, we will."
But it was Bush's policies that facilitated the gathering of the actionable intelligence President Obama used.
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Or maybe the MSM, by talking about how the WOT started 10 years ago, is admitting that Clinton did nothing about OBL.
Finally something Obama inherited that he’s willing to boast about.
The shame of it is, Bush aimed the rifle. Obama said “fire”.
Obama will always be known as the man who killed OBL....
OBAMA DID NOTHING!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS REGARD. The CID and military did it. He preached he told his bunch that OBL was top priority. Big freaking deal. OBL had been TOP priority since 9-1-1. Who the heck does he think he is fooling. THE US MILITARY PULLED THIS OFF. THE US MILITARY DID THE WORK. THEY TRAINED. THEY EXECUTED THE MISSION. THE CIA DID THE INTEL. GITMO WORKED!!!!! Obama did NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The the utter slob should not take one bit of the glory. But, his speech was: me, me, me, I, I, I, and my my my. All glory for his stinking muzzie butt. I hope he goes the way of the Dodo bird in Nov 2012.
Not that I would ever vote for the guy, but you have to give Obama credit if he really did order the assassination. I didn’t think he had it in him. Could be the only correct decision he has made so far?
0bama ordered dinner. This was pulled off despite the Won.
The lefties didn't vote for Bush Sr. after the Cold War ended on his watch, so why should we feel obligated to vote for Obama?
but you have to give Obama credit if he really did order the assassination.
I'm with you on that. I agree with little that he's done so far, but he got this right.
Ubama gave the Pentagon authorization to proceed with the mission as opposed to, what? Telling them to leave bin Laden alone?
Wow. What an American hero.
Meanwhile VJ is leaking info on all the other intel that was captured.
I went to the gas station today to fill up. It was still $3.90. He gets all the credit.
Yep, concur, there is plenty of misery out there to fry him on, just don’t think it is a good idea to politicize this one, which is what I am seeing on here. He isn’t going to get elected 18 months from now because OBL is dead, but if we act like idiots and advance conspiracy theories he might. It didn’t work for the rats and Kerry and it wont work for us. Let him have this one and we will be back to economic misery by next week.
Strange how the truth works out, isn’t it?
It is indeed
It was the navy seals who killed UBL
We really are a nation of idiots if his approval ratings see a bounce.
Who the hell is worried about a supposed terrorist who has been in hiding for a decade?
My feelings exactly. Obama did squat. Lets hear for it for the American military who’s motto is “You can run but you’ll just die tired’’.
Not one ounce of credit. Not one inch.
I will not forget the past 10 years. Never.
Liberals did everything in their power to obstruct the prosecution of the war, to handicap and demonize our troops, to defund their operations, to cut budgets on intelligence, and where they didn’t cut it, to effectively hamstring it.
Never. I give all the credit to the US military and those intelligence agencies that have been able to continue functioning in spite of the left.
But I will NEVER give any credit to the Left in this. NEVER.
The fact is that if Obama and the rest of the idiot senate Dems had gotten their way, Gitmo and the tough interrogation techniques that eventually gave us OBL would never have happened. We’d still be sending FBI agents to Pakistan to nicely ask the Pakis to find OBL for us.
“a supposed terrorist”?
Bin Laden was a supposed terrorist? Are you serious?
Don’t usually mouth off to long time Freepers but man you gotta be off your meds or something if you don’t think Osama was a terrorist.
As opposed to this?
I understand. The left neither supported nor voted for Bush Sr. after the Soviet Union fell. Why should anyone on the right feel obligated to do otherwise?
I get your ire. But I don’t know what to believe anymore. This spectacle is B Movie level. It gets weirder and worse everyday.
Explain what you mean, if you could. It is early, and I don’t understand.
Ah. It WAS too early for me. That is a straightforward statement...thanks for the clarification.