Since everything seems to come in threes, it seems both Republicans and Democrats are now fighting over another ridiculous campaign non-issue beside the “war on women” and the “war on dogs”: the slaying of Osama bin Laden.
On the one hand, some Democrats are touting Obama’s role in bin Laden’s execution as a sign of his superior leadership (see the Obama campaign commercial above). Other Democrats are appalled that he would politicize this issue. Certain Democrats are also claiming that Romney would not have taken similar actions were he president and faced with the same decision.
On the other hand, some Republicans have been openly dismissive of Obama’s role, while others are appalled that President Obama would make Obama’s assassination a campaign issue. Moreover, Republicans have scoffed at the idea that Romney would not have made a similar decision. Romney himself noted, “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order” in a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to remind voters of the perception that Democrats have traditionally been weak on defense.
Now, even the Navy SEALS and former intelligence officials are weighing in, and what they have to say will surprise you:
“Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.
Here’s another quote:
“But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.
“In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.”
And another one:
“He’s trying to say that Romney wouldn’t have made the same call? Anyone who is patriotic to this country would have made that exact call, Democrat or Republican. Obama is taking more credit than he is due but it’s going to get him some pretty good mileage.”
And another one from a former military intelligence officer:
“In the end, Obama was forced to make a decision and do it. He knew that if he didn’t do it the political risks in not taking action were huge. Mitt Romney would have made the call but he would have made it earlier – as would George W. Bush.”
For what’s it’s worth, I think President Obama deserves some credit for eliminating bin Laden. That said, I think Obama’s campaign staff is assigning the president far more credit than he deserves. I also think it is ridiculous for the Democratic Party to claim that Mitt Romney, or any other mainstream politician for that matter, would not have made the same call.
Can’t these candidates talk about real issues like how to expand the economy?