Obama’s Big Bin Laden Blunder
Today, for the first anniversary of the Osama Bin Laden raid, Bob Schieffer had terrorist experts Peter Bergen and Graham Allison on “Face the Nation“. They discussed new details about events leading up to the decision to go after Bin Laden in Pakistan.
Two amazing things came from the Schieffer interview:
- President Obama’s decision to make the raid was exceptionally difficult
- There will be serious negative political fallout for the Obama campaign
Bergen and Allison wrote this week’s Time Magazine cover story “The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden“.
The Difficult Decision
The final meeting for a “go/no go” decision was not unanimous. Three of the President’s top advisers voted against it.
Those advising against the raid are:
- Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
- General Hoss Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff
- Vice President Joe Biden
When you go against two of your top military advisers it makes for a very difficult call. But when the lives of 50 military personnel are put into harm’s way its a colossal responsibility.
The consequences of failure would have been enormous in terms of human life, in terms of damage to America’s international credibility and in terms of damage to Barack Obama’s own presidency.
It took extraordinary courage by the President to make that decision.
The Negative Political Fallout
“If Biden had been President, Osama Bin Laden would be alive today“
– Graham Allison, Face the Nation, 4/29/2012
The anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden would be a big boost to a needful Obama campaign if not for an incredibly dumb idea for a commercial.
That commercial, of course, is the one making the rounds suggesting that if Mitt Romney were president he would not have made the the tough call. It is an exceptionally moving commercial right up until the Romney part.
Virtually every news organization in America has criticized that commercial for hypocrisy regarding previous Presidential statements.
Now it comes out that President Obama’s own Vice President voted against the raid! The Vice President is only a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Republicans will have a field day making political hay out of this newest revelation.
Deservedly so, President Obama should be given great credit for an enormously gutsy decision.
However, that credit will be blunted by a bad campaign choice. The decision to take the low road and use it to go negative against Mitt Romney instead of keeping to the high road was wrong. It would have been far more effective and helpful to the Obama campaign if Romney had been left out. But they didn’t.
President Obama, no doubt, approved the commercial and because of that he is responsible for the consequences.
The President made the right call going after Osama Bin Laden, but made the wrong call a year later going after Mitt Romney.