Maybe President “I Got Osama” Should Rethink The Victory Lap…

because the real operators of Seal Team 6 think his childish need for recognition may have gotten some of the fellowship killed:

Almost eight years ago, presidential candidate John Kerry accepted the Democratic nomination with the infamous line: “I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty.” His military service, in a war three decades old, became the centerpiece of his campaign.

Within weeks, the Republicans had turned what was seen as one of Kerry’s strongest assets against him. Swift Boats Veterans for Truth—which included over 200 Vietnam veterans, most who hadn’t even served with Kerry—succeeded in raising doubts about the heroic narrative Kerry was selling. What seemingly started as a scratch turned into a sucking chest wound for his campaign.

Yesterday, the Obama campaign got clawed.

Drudge blasted the headline from London’s Daily Mail: SEALS SLAM OBAMA FOR MAKING IT POLITICAL.

What was supposed to be an easy win—a victory lap on the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, trumping up the president’s most militant moment—appeared to be slipping away.

The frustration—or, even anger—within the SEAL community is real, and has been brewing for months, particularly among a politically conservative core of operators. It started immediately after the raid, with questions among the Special Forces and intelligence community of whether the president should have waited to announce the kill to exploit the intelligence cache at Osama’s compound. It simmered after a Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing 30 Americans, 22 of them Navy SEALs from Team Six.

Was it a coincidence, SEALs asked themselves, catastrophe hit Team Six so soon after being named as the team responsible for the killing?

These brave men were just so much campaign fodder.

Don’t think so?

Then gaze upon the linguistic stylings of Dana Milbank, a leftist media member who has just about had enough of the Obama perpetual campaign:

In a political culture that long ago surrendered to the permanent campaign, Obama has managed to take things to a whole new level. According to statistics compiled for a book to be published this summer, the president has already set a record for total first-term fundraisers — 191 — and that’s only through March 6. Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total (inflated in part by relaxed fundraising rules) exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

It’s not just the gatherings officially categorized as campaign events. To a greater extent than his predecessors, Obama has used the trappings of his office to promote his reelection prospects even while handling taxpayer-funded business.

According to the same book, “The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign,” by Naval Academy political scientist Brendan Doherty, Obama was the first commander in chief in at least 32 years to visit all of the presidential battleground states during his first year in office. He has kept that pace, devoting nearly half of his travel to 15 swing states that account for just over a third of the population.

The election is still six months away, but it’s increasingly difficult to distinguish Obama’s political events and speeches from the official ones.

Outside the Beltway, maybe the victory lap isn’t such a winner after all. Osama – Obama…who could blame Team 6 if they mistook an “s” for a “b”?

15 thoughts on “Maybe President “I Got Osama” Should Rethink The Victory Lap…

  1. If you understand how Seal Teams work, the fact that the entire team was in one chopper should set off your alarm bells.

    if not, then don’t worry: this is not another sign of trouble. Move along, nothing to see here.

  2. I would be willing to bet that one day (unfortunately long after this election is over) the truth about the order to take out Osama will come to light. And my bet is that it will NOT shine favorably on OWEbozo at all.

  3. Osama was killed on Obama’s watch. Obama got the man who brought down the Towers, try all you want, you cannot take that away from the President, and attempts to do so make you all look soft on terrorism. It is the right-wing and the Obama-haters in here who are making it political.

    • Actually, that is not true, G.

      IF (I said IF) the reports coming out of the SEALs are true, and Obama refused to give the execute order (it is being strongly hinted at that the order was given from inside the Pentagon), then Obama should NOT get the credit he is claiming.

      Now, before you poo-poo this as usual, you need to think back to the news reports in Pravda West at the time of the shooting and remember that it WAS reported by people inside the White House that Obama had to be FORCED to give the order. Those reports were poo-pooed and squashed, but they would tend to support the claims the SEALs are making that Obama was opposed to the operation and is now taking credit for something he did not want to happen – at least not the way it did.

      • From 6 days ago:

        Today, Time magazine got hold of a memo written by then-CIA head Leon Panetta after he received orders from Barack Obama’s team to greenlight the bin Laden mission. Here’s the text, which summarized the situation:

        Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.

        The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

        This, of course, was the famed “gutsy call.” Here’s what Tom Hanks narrated in Obama’s campaign film, “The Road We’ve Traveled”:

        HANKS: Intelligence reports locating Osama Bin Laden were promising, but inconclusive, and there was internal debate as to what the President should do.

        VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: We sat down in the Situation Room, the entire national security apparatus was in that room, and the President turns to every principal in the room, every secretary, “What do you recommend I do?” And they say, “Well, forty-nine percent chance he’s there, fifty-one … it’s a close call, Mr. President.” As he walked out the room, it dawned on me, he’s all alone. This is his decision. If he was wrong, his Presidency was done. Over.

        Only the memo doesn’t show a gutsy call. It doesn’t show a president willing to take the blame for a mission gone wrong. It shows a CYA maneuver by the White House.

      • So now you trust the media? What is your standard for believing ‘Pravda west’, when their reporting supports your allegations?
        Obama got ‘im, B, sorry if that sticks in your craw, sorry if that contradicts your view of Obama as a Muslim, or whatever.

        • Yes, when they telegraph the truth by squashing a story, I tend to pay attention. Even Pravda reported the truth, you just had to learn how to read between the lines. You’d be surprised at just how much the average Russian knew about what was really happening in the world during the cold war when they ‘officially’ had nothing but State media to get their news. Same principle here. When I see a story that counters the State line and it is suddenly squashed and the sources maligned, I dig into it because that pattern is a flare; a signal that the truth got out and they are stuffing the genie back int he bottle.

          As for Obama, he MIGHT have, but NOT if these reports are true – sorry if you want to deny the reality of that possibility.

          But then, LBJ gets all the credit for taking us to the moon, too – doesn’t he. 😉

  4. The use of ‘Bush’ and ‘Intelligence ‘ in the same sentence made me laugh out loud. It’s been three years since the Bush team had their chance. Bush missed him, Obama got him, end of story.

    • Like I said, erase JFK from any connection to the moon program. He had his chance, he missed it. LBJ was the man.

      (Now, who else can we steal their contribution to history from?)

      BTW, G: I like inhalators for asthma and 57 of the 58 States on the campaign trail. Were you more gracious, you might have cut Bush a bit of slack – if for nothing else but to protect your guy from being exposed as a REAL idiot. But I guess you can’t resist. No worries to me, it means you just called Obama a blithering idiot, and though I do not believe he is, it’s nicve to see his supporters turn on him – even if it is indirectly. 🙂 (that smiley is for Kells)

      • Well first, I wish to apologize to Seal Team Six, the guys who took out bin Laden. They deserve the credit, as well as all who risked their lives to find, catch and kill a truly evil man.
        I don’t want to appear as if I am favoring Obama over Bush, although I have been guilty of that in the past. Bush was manipulated and lied to himself. he may not have done due diligence on who to trust, but Obama is smarter, he had the Bush precedent as a guide to what not to do, and we are still bogged down in an unwinnable war, we still have the Patriot Act, and, gag me with a spoon, Bush’ health care act has actually produced some positive results. In some respects, Obama’s intelligence makes his decisions as president even less understandable, less defensible.
        Both men lost their way, I think they were worried too much about their legacy to govern effectively. Inadequate men in positions of power and superior weaponry, what could go wrong?

        • Now there you go: just when I thought I was going to remain at loggerheads with you, you go and say something I can totally agree with – well, all except that part about Obama’s supposed brilliance. That issue is still in doubt and, given the mounting evidence, likely to eventually be decided in the negative. 🙂 (again for Kells)

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