From the conservative view… Why Now?
White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said on the CBS Early Show that Osama bin Laden has been holed up in a compound in the military garrison town of Abbottabad, Pakistan for the past five to six years before Sunday’s operation to kill him. Within sight of the Pakistani equivalent of our West Point military academy!
CNN reported last August that Bin Laden and his couriers were in that compound, and President Obama was made aware of his whereabouts last September. The allegation that President Obama sat on this information for eight months could be considered just another “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy,” except that sufficient time has elapsed for the military to have erected a full scale replica of Osama’s hiding place, used by the Special Ops Forces in Afghanistan to train for the big event. Obviously they knew his hiding place very well, and have known about it for a long time!
Since last September, President Obama has chaired a series of five National Security Council meetings to decide on a course of action. Considering that Osama bin Laden has been Public Enemy #1 for the past 10 years, you might wonder just why this should be such a tough decision.
In his brief announcement Sunday night President Obama used the word “I” ten times, the word “me” three times, the word “mine” five times, and the word “my” three times:
“Shortly after taking office I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority. … Last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to Bin Laden. I met repeatedly with my national security team. I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.”
Not once did he recognize the participation of his National Security Team, the CIA, the Special Forces Ops, the Department of Defense, or the Navy Seals who executed his directive. The only help he had was from “a small team of Americans.” Do you think the President might have been angling for the sole right to the $25 million reward for Osama’s capture?
The victory was his, and his alone, and the media were elated!
Barbara Walters: I would hate to be a Republican having to run against Obama!
David Gergen: This is going to be a huge help to President Obama in the election!
Andrea Mitchell: This is a game-changer for Barack Obama!
George Stephanopoulos: What a political boost there will be for President Obama!
Don Imus: This guarantees his reelection!
Well, if you accept the pragmatist’s believe that there are no coincidences, then the answer to the reason for his delay might be found in the realm of politics, rather than military strategy.
Let’s face it, President Obama’s popularity is at an all time low. The US economy is in danger of slipping into a “double dip” recession. There is the matter of the $13 trillion debt limit, the current operating deficit, the ObamaCare debacle, the threat of a S&P drop in the government bond ratings, gas prices out the roof, and, of course, the chronic unemployment. The President thought the release of his long-awaited Birth Certificate would divert attention from the essentials and give him a free ride for at least a week or two. It didn’t work. So, it was time to play the “Osama” card, and then let the evidence slip quietly into the Deep Blue Sea!
It’s a long time ‘till November, 2012. This conservative viewer asks….
Wonder what’ll be next?