A little perspective, please. No mater how Obama tries to spin it, he did not personally rappel out of a helicopter and take the perfect head shot that put bin Laden out of commission.
Nor was his decision to unleash our magnificent Navy SEALS a singular act of courage. Osama had been chillin the burbs for years. Somehow we got the right intel just about the time that Obama’s poll numbers began to free fall. Dropping a bomb would net him less political rewards. There was the risk of being unable to prove that bin Laden had indeed gone home to Allah.
The politician in chief instead chose the path of lowest risk and highest political reward. It was nearly risk free, unless you count the danger of losing a few of our SEALS–not a big worry for this Commander in Chief. What mattered to Obama was being able to crow endlessly about being the president who got Osama.
Factoring out the craziest of the crazy, nobody in America was going to be unhappy with the killing of Osama. Would that Bill Clinton had made the same political calculation.
For Obama, this was strictly a political decision. He doesn’t make any other kind.