Right-wing hypocracy in action
The right-wing has no shame about being totally hypocritical when it suits them. The latest is the "Swift Boat" style group calling itself OSPEC or the "Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc." They accuse Obama of claiming undeserved credit for the May 2011 U.S. raid by Navy SEAL commandos which killed bin Laden, and castigate the administration for alleged news leaks.
"Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not," Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL, says in the film.
Well, I have two words as an answer to Mr. Smith--"Jimmy Carter". Although Jimmy Carter as President was no more, and probably less, involved in the planning of the ill-fated "Desert One" hostage rescue operation, he and his adminstration accepted the blame for the failure, which definitely damaged his re-election prospects. If the Bin Laden raid had been a failure--for example if both helicopters involved had crashed instead of just one--the blame would have fallen on Obama's "incompetent" leadership, and any attempt to shift the blame would justly have been seen as cowardly.
And--who took the credit for overthrowing Saddam Hussein? That's right, George W. Bush. There was no modest shifting of credit to the US Armed Forces in that case that I recall.
Long and short? If it happens on your watch, it's your responsibility for good or ill.
And, as for the alleged "leaks", in my opinion, it's a non-issue. I pay as much attention to these matters as anyone, and, in my opinion, nothing's been released that any reasonably involved observer wouldn't have been able to work out on their own.This entry was originally posted at http://sinister-sigils.dreamwidth.org/218282.html. Please comment there using OpenID.