I shake my head in disgust at the ridiculous spin employed by the rabid right in attempting to deny President Obama's pivotal role in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Without a doubt, a great deal if not most of the credit for ridding the world of America's enemy number one should go to our men and women in uniform and the intelligence infrastructure that helps guide the tip of the spear. To his credit and in characteristic fashion, President Obama hasn't attempted to grandstand this achievement to his further benefit and continues to exercise great judgment in not "spiking the football in the end zone" by releasing pictures of the dead terrorist.
To say that President Obama merely gave the order to go in is characteristic of the intellectual bankruptcy of the republibaggerservative crowd and the shallowness of their vacuous perspective. President Obama's decision to send American military forces into a sovereign nation - without telling that nation's leadership - to take out a target was clearly a very gutsy call and spot on consistent with what he said he would do during the campaign. The fallout of failure would have been a death blow to his already unfairly fragile presidency. I'm also sure that he listened to, challenged and eventually mostly followed the best judgment of the military, intelligence and foreign policy team that he put in place. But even that doesn't scratch the surface of the President's role in this true accomplishment of a big part of the "Mission". The President's role goes back to the very beginnings of the Obama presidency with decisions for which every true American should be grateful. It also stands in stark contrast to decisions made at the beginning of the prior Administration, decisions that may have actually enabled the 9/11 attacks in the first place.
The 9/11 attacks occurred nine months after the Supreme Court effectively declared George Bush president. http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020812/story.html">Time Magazine's comprehensive account of the national security transition from the Clinton Administration to the Bush team clearly confirms the fecklessness of the Bush national security team. Counter-Terrorism Security Group Chair Richard Clarke already had a plan to attack Al-Qaeda and intelligence officials were warning the Bush Administration of the Al-Qaeda terrorist threat as early as January 2001. But the transition of what should be any administration's highest priority - the protection of it's citizens - was burdened by partisanship and woefully anachronistic Cold War thinking.
In great contrast, America's national security position benefited greatly from the Obama Administration's non-partisan and bi-partisan approach. Bush Administration Defense Secretary Robert Gates is the first ever to be retained by a new president. Marine General Jim Jones was named National Security Advisor after having advised both the Obama and the McCain campaigns. Even in Obama's latest reshuffling of the national security team, three of the four new appointees - General David Petraeus at CIA, Ambassador Robert Crocker and Afghanistan commander General John Allen - served under Bush. The clear emphasis on continuity, experience, expertise and patriotism over politics has been essential to national security, intelligence gathering and the use of that intelligence to turn Osama Bin Laden into fish food.
Republibaggerservative clowns like David Koch would rather all Americans ignore the vast difference in how national security has been prosecuted under the two administrations, particularly in their transitionary periods. Others like Sarah Palin are simply too stupid to have even considered those differences. There can be no doubt that America made the right decision in electing President Obama. He has demonstrated the brains, the patience and the emphasis on capability and national needs over partisanship that has resulted in the welcome demise of Osama Bin Laden. President Obama has been a highly effective Commander-in-Chief because he is clearly the Adult-in-Chief.
The nattering nabobs of nescience can spin themselves into the ground. Their prevarications and pathetic attempts to rewrite history will avail them nothing. History will bear out the truth in spite of their chronic mendacity. President Barack Hussein Obama led the accomplishment of a huge part of the mission.
As MattlinTX, Ray Johnson and others correctly point out below, the Mission isn't fully accomplished until our young men and women in uniform are out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you for that correct observation.