Monday, May 16, 2011


Killing Osama

Oliver North

....highly successful operation validates Ronald Reagan's maxim for terrorists after U.S. Navy SEALs captured the murderous hijackers of the Achille Lauro in October 1985: "You can run, but you can't hide." Afterward, one of the participants penned a corollary: "Don't bother to run -- you will only die tired."

I have to agree with his conclusion that we should never have said whether or not we got Osama.  I mean why broadcast it?  Why not let Al Qada figure it out for themselves?  Why all the chest beating?  Especially when comes to the release of "the treasure trove" of files and data Obama discussed on '60 Minutes'.  Instead of our enemy knowing we killed their de facto leader and taking all his communications dating back years, had we said nothing, Al Qeda would likely have continued communicating at least for several days, but possibly weeks or months, in normal patterns and we would have been tracking them the entire time.  But, sadly we have a man-child president, who is only thinking about his political future, who needed to be propped up by his "gutsy call".  

In fact, like Col. North, I'd agree BHO had no choice, really. The compound was too close to a Pakistani army base to strike with a drone and had it ever leaked that he potentially had OBL in his sights and did not take him it would destroy, forever, any chance of his re-election, his legacy and potentially the entire Democrat Party.  After all, Bill Clinton was the first to be offered OBL (twice) and did not take it.  If two Democrats had had a shot and not taken it, I doubt the American public would ever again trust a Democrat as commander-in-chief.  Col. North also points out:

A "we will not confirm or deny" statement from the White House in the aftermath of the JSOC operation would have made it more difficult in the short-term for Obama to appear "decisive" and "hands on." But years from now, when the full story was finally revealed, he would have been seen as more "presidential." It also would have made it easier for those friends we do have in Pakistan to continue cooperating with our military and intelligence services.

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