First things first:
Congratulations to the U.S. Military and God bless you all!!
Congratulations President Obama.
President Obama has done something extremely effective, and when he does, this needs to be pointed out.
President Obama has continued the Bush policies of keeping a military presence in the Middle East. He did not scrub the mission to get Bin Laden.
The President may have came up with the technique in order to pull this off all by himself. The military wanted to go in there and bomb like they always do. They wanted to go in there and drop missiles and launch bombs, a number of totally destructive techniques. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces… mmm…
No one else thought of that. According to the President and news reports, not a single intelligence adviser, not a single national security adviser, not a single military adviser came up with the idea of using the Special Forces… Really??
Actually, he kept the Bush policies alive keeping a military presence in the Middle East, allowing the military to finish the job that they started nearly ten years ago.
Obama deserves praise for continuing the Bush policies at Guantanamo Bay. Detainees who may have been waterboarded, and again we need to never forget that President Obama deserves our praise for continuing the policies established by George W. Bush which led to the acquisition of this intelligence that led us to the enlarged hut in Pakistan that led to the assassination of Bin Laden.
Even though Osama had long since stopped being a key commander, because he had no way to issue orders. He was a figurehead. He’d been taken out of the game because of the worldwide manhunt to find him.
This victory was brought about by the policies of the Bush and Cheney administration, policies that President Obama saw fit to continue to the end, keeping our troops in the Middle East, a heightened military presence, unafraid to use the Special Ops.
In 2008, Obama said:
“I’m not gonna make him a martyr. I would not kill him. I would capture him.”
These teams that Obama said he assembled, they fall under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command. They have been operating for almost 30 years. The Joint Special Operations Command is comprised of Delta, the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
Marine Force Reconnaissance, SEAL Team 6, 1st Special Operations Wing, the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and a few other support elements. The CIA is also heavily involved, especially those from the clandestine service.
That organization has been assembled and operating in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost ten years.
Obama did not assemble it.
It’s the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command who deserve all the credit for this.
President Obama deserves credit for not disassembling them, because this has been the policy of this country for ten years.
Guantanamo Bay, interrogation, rendition, all of the things the Bush administration put into play to win the War on Terror, this regime kept in place. They might have said something else, they might have given their supporters a different impression by saying they’re gonna close Guantanamo Bay and they’re gonna end all this harsh interrogation technique stuff. But, in fact, they continued the policies.
May 2 from Al Jazeera:
“The US spy agency learned his name four years ago; two years later, it tracked the courier and his brother to a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan.”
The CIA probably found him through the previously described techniques, tracking him for months with the help of some Delta guys on the ground. And the team that went in Sunday night. They are the ones who deserve all the credit for this, not a politician or a bureaucrat in DC, except to the extent that they didn’t shut it down.
It is a great day for America, but the guys who did the heavy lifting are the guys who wear the uniform.
The left, the Democrat Party of this country, the liberals, owe us and the United States an apology. They owe us an apology for taking every opportunity to undermine our efforts to track down Bin Laden and other terrorists.
They owe us an apology for their speeches, for their protests, for their lawsuits, their overall campaign to deny our military and our intelligence services the tools and techniques needed to defeat the enemy.
They have sought to undermine the US military, not only in Iraq, but around the world. They have impugned our intelligence services — they have sought to undermine them for at least the last eight years — and among those who owe us this apology is Barack Obama.
Barack Obama campaigned against the very enhanced interrogations that have made him a hero.
One of the first things he did was to sign an executive order closing Guantanamo Bay. It was Barack Obama who wanted to parade Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York for a multiyear, multimillion-dollar trial . Barack Obama won the Democrat primary in big part due to his radical anti-war positions — positions that he shared with the most extreme elements in our society. Eric Holder, owes this nation an apology for his efforts to criminalize this war.
Virtually every tool, every apparatus, every technique, every policy used to effect a successful mission to kill Osama Bin Laden was employed by this current administration and they campaigned on undermining, destroying and ending all of it — and now they claim credit for being gutsy and courageous?
Not a word about the supreme efforts of General Petraeus or the military. Nothing. The staff is still out there trying to frame this as a win for Obama — not the troops, not for intel, not for America, but a win for Obama.
Despite everything that’s been said by this president and this regime, even as they pat themselves on the back, they deserve congratulations.
This is something that Obama inherited from Bush. He inherited a rotten economy. He inherited horrible deficit. He inherited recession. Well, he inherited the policy that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.