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.