Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

My short lived celebration of the first positive accomplishment of the Obama administration has ended. It just goes to show even the most incompetent person can accidentally get something thing right if given enough time.

Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would 'sleep on it' before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden's compound.


Hit squads of specialist Navy Seals - who were not even told who they were preparing to capture - had practised the mission at two reconstructions of the terror chiefs sprawling compound.

Last Thursday analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in Abbottabad in northern Pakistan.


'I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now - I'm going to go back and think about it some more,' said Obama, according to the New York Times. He then added 'I'm going to make a decision soon.'


But the next morning after 16 hours, Obama summoned four top aides to the White House Diplomatic Room. Before they could speak, the president put his fist on the table and declared 'It's a go'.

The decision in my opinion was correct but it should not take more than a second to decide we need to go after Bin Laden. I know that decision puts lives at risk but so does waiting 16 hours. Our men could have been killed and it"s an awful burden to bear but I have no doubt any member of our Navy SEALS team would give their life to get Bin Laden.


I can stand it when people second guess our troops. You go jump into a fire fight in some 3rd world country with bullets flying past your head and then I listen but until you step into their combat boots zip it!

Here is a recent post I came across "Congrats Mr. President, you killed the dog, now how about ending the era of war and bringing all the troops home and start a war on poverty, unemployment and government bickering. Focus on domestic problems now!" This is from an Obama supporter.

While we do indeed have domestic problems, Obama created most of them. There are still terrorists who want to kill us. The war overseas must continue in order to stay ahead of our enemies. Poverty increases with unemployment. Obama's economic decisions have done nothing to increase job development. We need to get out of the way of business in this country.

If opposing destructive spending, policies and regulations is bickering, then we need more of that.

The victory here was accidental at best for Obama. I'm glad it came, but my confidence in our current leadership has in no way changed.