11 months ago
Last edited at 12:42AM on 1/25/2013
It isn't about "the one" to take credit. There were hundreds if not thousands of people involved. Ultimately, it was his decision so he's certainly responsible and would get blame if it went badly, or credit if it went well. There was some political risk but it's also hard to imagine a president not doing it since the operational risks were apparently not huge. His leadership shouldn't be overstated, either. He was lucky that the intelligence had developed enough under his term to allow it to happen. Many others should get some "credit" too, and I use that term advisedly.
What people here won't ever do is BLAME him for what appears to be an assassination rather than an attempt to capture. If Bin Laden really was this mastermind then why wouldn't you prefer him alive over being dead? It seems to me that he would have more intelligence value, unless there's some reason you don't want him alive. Since it took 4 years for Bin Laden to take credit for 9/11 maybe there's something more to it.
Obama hasn't exactly been cautious in targeting people without due process including American citizens so we can't be sure if there were additional less obvious motives.
Credit goes to him for the raid, because his neck was on the line for an operation on soil where it would have been very embarrassing had something gone badly. It could have been a Carter moment. So yes, I give him credit.
No he shouldn't. All Obama did was give the okay. He wasn't over there with guns and special forces carrying out the mission. They're the ones who should be given credit as well as all involved on intelligence gathering.