This story is based on the testimony of a single unnamed source. No one knows whether it’s all or partially true. And it furthermore doesn’t matter in any way, because Osama Bin Laden is right now exactly where he should be–at the bottom of the fucking ocean.
More importantly, many of you are so partisan as to be essentially mindless. … to begrudge the man praise for killing OBL. It is that ability to see reality with clarity that we need more of.
The man, Mr. Obama, did not kill OBL. It took months of planning, the SEALs and their support teams, and intelligence gathered over months–in fact, years, since the presidency of GW Bush. That is the reality and clarity of which we need more.
The insight which one should have–whatever partisan leanings one might have–is that it is support for a large and ponderous military effort which achieves a singular goal. Mr. Obama did not kill OBL, thousands of dedicated men and women, inside and outside of the service, did. When that support is cut back–as it may with the impending sequestration–defense fails.
Mr. Obama fails on 2 counts: by jeopardizing (through leaks, for example, the security of those in the service, and by playing political bean-bag with the budget cliff that looms ahead and threatens the legitimate defense interests of the USA. “Spiking the ball” is only a sideshow, and a distasteful one at that.
Now that, sir, is clarity.[/quote]
I said: “to begrudge the man praise for killing OBL.” It should be obvious that I did not mean this phrase to be taken literally. And I agree with you that the mission itself was a success because of the work of thousands of people, many of them from previous administrations, etc.
But that is irrelevant. My point is that Obama handled it well–that is, the motherfucker is dead. Get over the fact that something went well under Obama’a watch.
As an addendum, I wonder if you would be just as “fair” in appropriating responsibility for our nation’s current economic woes? I mean that sincerely.