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Spiking the Football: Obama and Osama

Inevitably this President has, despite his warnings not to spike the football, is spiking the football in a Presidential election over the killing of Osama bin Laden. Normally I would just be my usual ticked-off self about this self-aggrandizement by the Commander-in-Chief, much like the left was over George W. Bush and the infamous “Mission Accomplished” fiasco during the Iraq War. But when even members of the progressive left media also think the President is overstepping his bounds, now that gets my attention.

Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post was on CBS This Morning when she said the following:

To turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do…

Don’t believe me? Enjoy the video:

To make her point even stronger, former and current Navy Seals are weighing in on the controversy, but then I am not surprised by their reaction. In an article in The Daily Mail they make their point emphatically:

Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly 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.’

Ultimately this kerfuffle probably won’t have much impact on the general election (Romney has already caustically pointed out that even Jimmy Carter probably would have made the same decision), but I believe it is an important marker in Barack Obama’s willingness to do anything, say anything, to get re-elected.

November can’t get here soon enough.

UPDATE: April 30, 2012, 9:23 p.m.

Politico has released a story detailing Admiral Mike Mullen’s worry that Obama may be overplaying the Osama bin Laden assassination. He gives an interesting perspective worth reading and watching here.

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4 Responses to “Spiking the Football: Obama and Osama”

  1. Josh #

    OK so lets make sure I get this right, Obama should take credit for the economic collapse, your 401k, gas prices. However he should not take any credit for authorizing the mission for Bin Laden? You assume that the decision was a no brainer? You assume that launching a ground operation 100 plus miles inside of a country that has nuclear weapons, and is most likely knowingly hiding whoever was in that house, was a no brainer? You expect that the American public and your readers are stupid enough to believe that this was an easy decision. Were those pictures we saw of the president and Mrs Clinton looking gravely concerned with every one else in that room staged?

    You are right about one thing, Carter would have made that same decision. Carter made a similar one that cost him his job, and seven brave men their lives.

    Politics is a sick and twisted game, and its sad to me with your history of public service that you would be a party to spreading the obviously false story of how easy a decision like this would have been.

    BTW why did Iran release those hostages that Carter approved the failed rescue mission for. Was it all just coincidental timing? Or did Reagan the candidate make a deal? Since we are speculating on easy decisions by the current president, what do you think the likely reason for Iran’s sudden change of heart was? (hint dirty republican $$ $$ $$)

    May 1, 2012 at 1:51 am
    • Brevity is read. I used to teach my law students that. Perhaps you should take a lesson in BREVITY.

      I rest my case. According to even you, yes, Jimmy Carter would have made the same decision.

      ‘Nuff said.

      May 1, 2012 at 10:59 am
    • Oh, just to rub it in, Josh. Even the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank (a liberal and lefty is there ever was one – and diehard Obama supporter) calls Obama’s exploitation of Bin Laden killing, non-stop campaigning “Sleazy” so maybe you ought to reflect a little more on your position.

      May 1, 2012 at 11:05 am
  2. Josh #

    My point with Carter is that he had a set big enough to try that failed rescue mission. The Bin Laden mission was similar, and if it had not worked out the republicans would have finally had a legitimate way to tie Obama to Carter.

    I don’t see despite all you folks flailing about, how Romney (aka Bob Dole 2) can beat Obama. Obama has done a pretty good job of taking away the strengths of your platform. You folks have failed in demonizing Obama as most normal folks don’t buy into the bs right wingers have been throwing for 4 years. The birth certificate, the radical black beliefs, or the Obama the lazy black president spending your money like a welfare recipient who hit the lotto, they see it as racism and sour grapes. To top it off your candidate has zero charisma, and he has a silver spoon back round in a time period where that is a major liability.

    Brevity, point taken, I’ll see if I can apply that to the next one.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:54 am