May 7, 2011

Killing bin Laden was not courageous

 I have to get it off my chest.

OBL is dead.  That is good.  But we have to stop with the superlatives and endless commenting on President Obama's courage to take this decision. Was there any choice? Name ten Americans not named Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan who would not have volunteered to pull the trigger. I do not care how much of a nature lover you are, if a rattlesnake is going to bite your baby you will stomp that reptilian mofo in a heartbeat. OBL was a snake and he had to be dealt with in the firmest possible manner. Obama had no choice, no options.  He dithered, but in the end bin Laden had to be put down like a rabid dog.

The other choice was unacceptable for a politician.  You see it would have come out.  Too many people knew we had bin Laden in his hidey hole. Failure to exterminate the rat would have cost Obama and the Democrat Party elections for a generation. Already labeled as soft on defense, letting the greatest terrorist of the day escape would be a blunder of epic proportions. Obama knew it. Failure to act was political suicide.

Sending in "Cheney's Death Squad" was not a hard decision. Doing the right thing never is. What is terrifying to me, are the reports Obama wrestled with this decision. That, my friends, keeps me up nights.


Anonymous said...

I agree, but I have a really hard time getting my mind around 40 minutes in the compound.
That long a time is an eternity to those guys, a crashed and burning helicopter, gunfire and less than a mile from a military headquarters? Two blackhawks on the ground , two chinooks nearby,something doesn't add up.

James Old Guy

Joe said...

I find it hard to believe the Paks did not know we were coming. As you said, 40 minutes is forever. The Pakistan Army is modern, and I think it impossible we could fly across the border, enter the compound and spend 40 minutes on the ground and no Pakistanni military or police or civilian asks WTF is going on at that barbed wire enclosed house.

linda said...

Glad it was done w/o loss of life to our troops!Glad that he was dumped in the ocean!Not impressed by Obama. I might be if he had gone with the Seals, but he didn't!

Ed Bonderenka said...

Linda: He might have been "collateral damage".
He looked like the least authoritative person in that room watching the raid.
If he had said "no", that would have been courageous, and stupid.

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