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article imageOp-Ed: Spiking The Credit in Osama bin Laden's Demise

By David Zublick     May 8, 2011 in Politics
In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, much has been discussed about where the real credit for his elimination should be placed.
The kudos should be divided equally among three parties.
The strategic credit clearly goes to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and the Bush administration for the policies that were put in place subsequent to the 911 attacks, which enabled us to pursue and ultimately kill bin Laden. Enhanced interrogation techniques, including the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others, proved to be very effective tools in gaining valuable information for tracking down bin Laden's whereabouts. CIA Director Leon Panetta and US Senator Richard Burr, member of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, have both admitted as much.
Shamefully, the Obama administration has elected to continue an investigation into the CIA use of these techniques, something that former Vice President Cheney considers an outrage.
And rightly so.
For a president of the United States to pound his chest and bask in the limelight of a tremendous victory in the ongoing war on terror while showing righteous indignation towards the very people and techniques used to carry it off is the ultimate in hypocrisy.
The tactical credit, one would assume, should go to Barack Obama for having the guts to pull off the dramatic raid that led to bin Laden's death. Yet in the days after the operation was carried out, it was revealed that Leon Panetta, not Obama, actually made the call. In fact, it took our illustrious commander-in-chief 16 hours to decide whether or not to go ahead with the mission. This, despite promising during the 2008 presidential campaign that we would go after bin Laden without hesitation should we ascertain that he was in Pakistan, without the help of the Pakistani government.
The tactical credit should be shared by our intelligence community, the Navy SEALs and all of the fine men and women of the United States military, without whom this very dangerous mission would not have been possible.
So does Barack Obama deserve any of the credit that he appears to be taking for this success?
Of course.
Obama gets the credit for the photo op. Despite saying that we should not be "spiking the football" and doing a victory dance in the end zone over bin Laden's death, his appearances Thursday at Ground Zero proved to be exactly that. Obama is an opportunist who would use the still inconsolable grief of the families of the victims of 911 to gain political traction.
And that is a crying shame.
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