Obama & bin Laden…What Do The SEAL’s Say?

From the Dailymail.co.uk:

In the wake of an advertisement praising President Barack Obama for the killing of Osama bin Laden, the actual people responsible for the killing have come public accusing Obama of using the killing as a campaigning point.

Dailymail.co.uk released a report yesterday speaking to several current and former members of the US Navy SEALS about the ad, which came out to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

“The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not over pat myself on the back for making the right call. I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision, but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort,” said former US Navy Commander Ryan Zinke. He added that he thought the Obama campaign was “positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition,” calling the move “predictable.”

An anonymous serving SEAL said, “Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because his speechwriters are smart. But the more he tries to take credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, ‘Come on, man!’ It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.”

And I see this to be a very valid point. You never hear the coach of an NBA team saying he did something special when a buzzer-beater wins the game, and you certainly never hear a swing coach of a PGA player taking credit when a player wins the Masters, so why is the President and his campaign taking credit for a killing that happened on the opposite side of the globe in a war he didn’t start?

Does George W. Bush not get any credit here? Americans have had a fairly negative view of ‘W’ and how he handled things, especially when it had to do with war, but now Obama gets to take the credit because this happened under his watch even though Bush made the call to initiate the action.

One former SEAL was confident that Obama did not make the call himself. Chris Kyle said, “In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander-in-chief so his secret is safe.”

He’s gone, but he is just a figurehead. The War on Terror continues.

Harsh words from a man who would seem to know how things work, seeing as he has 160 confirmed kills.

Kyle continued, “He’s trying to say that Romney wouldn’t have made the same call? Anyone who is patriotic to this country would have made that exact call, Democrat or Republican. Obama is taking more credit than he is due but it’s going to get him some pretty good mileage.”

Kyle makes a very valid point. It has never crossed my mind that the President is really the heart of decision-making in war. In my head, I have always imagined that the President has someone tell him which decision to make based on the information they had. Does that make it a ‘gutsy call?’

Instead of bragging about a decision made at the advice of the highest-ranking officials in the armed forces, maybe Obama’s ads should point out something that he has actually accomplished for the economy himself, but maybe that is too difficult for him to do.



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