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One of the “gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory”


(starting at about 4:30)

I think what this operation demonstrates is that there are some very very good people who have been following bin Laden for many many years. They have been very persistent, they have pulled on every thread. And as a result of their diligence, and their analytic capabilities, they were able to track this, and continue to build a body of evidence that suggested, circumstantially, that bin Laden was at that compound. That’s what they did, it was much greater confidence that we had in this body of intelligence, in this body of information, than we’ve had since Tora Bora. Still, though, there was nothing to confirm that bin Laden was at that compound. And therefore, when President Obama was faced with the opportunity to act upon this, the president had to evaluate the strength of this information, and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory.

Exactly. Thank goodness we elected someone so methodical, so responsible, and so level-headed as Barack Obama. It’s definitely paying off, too, both in Obama’s response to the economic crisis we found ourselves in when he took office, and now in this signature accomplishment of the Obama presidency. Bottom line: great job by everyone involved in this operation – the superb SEAL Team 6 that carried out the operation, the intelligence community, the Obama foreign policy and counterterrorism team, etc. Truly superb.

P.S. It’s so funny to look back at some of the ridiculous statements made by both Democrats and Republicans back in the 2007/2008 campaign, criticizing Barack Obama for stating that if he had actionable intel on bin Laden, he’d order him taken out. What on earth where these people thinking? I mean, isn’t this about as common sensical as you can get?  

  • Dan Sullivan

    Time will bear this out.

    It was President Obama who placed him in the perfect position so that when it was time, the President could be confident in the call. That and patience distinguish this President from his predecessors in this decision.

  • JimWebster

    . . . planned and authorized by government bureaucrats, executed with precision by government employees, financed with tax revenue.

  • pontoon

    going around on Facebook today:

    Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found him and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! REPOST IF YOU AGREE!!!

    I couldn’t help but reply to a couple of the folks who posted pointing out that it was Congress who threatened to shut down the government, not President Obama.  Further that it was President Obama who had to give the order for the trigger to be pulled and had he not, bin Laden would still be alive.  I was called out pretty heartily by the wife of a soldier now serving for not supporting the military.

    I don’t get it.  Even with an event like this one, where we should be united and happy to see justice served, there are those who still choose to be divisive.  I just don’t get it.