For nearly 15 months now, the fact that Osama bin Laden was eliminated on President Obama’s watch has gnawed at the sensibilities of right-wingers who like to think of the Republican Party as the Daddy Party, the party of manly protectors of American lives and limbs and virtues. These people just can’t deal with any suggestion that a government headed by the liberal likes of Barack Hussein Obama could ever be effective in safeguarding the country from terrorists.
As Janet Carney, one of our Applesauce readers, once said of Obama’s role in the mission that took out Bin Laden: “He did NOTHING…He hates our country.”
Others have argued that all of the credit — all of it — should go to Adm. Bill McRaven (above), head of the U.S. Special Operations command. An Applesauce commenter who calls himself “wilson” put it this way:
“[T]he notion that Obama and his team were walking through every stage of the operation is incorrect. The hero here was McRaven, not Obama. And had the mission gone wrong, McRaven surely would have been thrown under the bus.”
Well, here’s what McRaven said just the other day in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum:
At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision…. The president of the United States is fantastic. I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis…. I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, [Obama's national security team] were magnfiicent how they handled this start-to-finish. The president asked all the right questions…. The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.
Now, whom are you going to believe? A four-star admiral or some nutcase who thinks Obama “hates our country”?