I listened to the Daily Show interview with Howard Wasdin about the seal team 6 operation that killed Bin Laden, and thought that Wasdin’s summary of what Obama got right was spot on.
Wasdin described himself as a republican (which is a funny way to display objectivity) but was clear in complimenting Obama on making three correct decisions:
- Not telling Pakistan about the operation
- Burying Bin Laden at sea
- Not releasing the pictures
I’m sure this was planned thoroughly ahead of time, but these are still very difficult decisions, and I have to say that I’m proud of our president in a way that I haven’t been in a while. Often, with politicians, their every move reeks of political calculation: what will play well in the short term media cycle. Perhaps I’m naive, but these three decisions do not appear to me to be political calculations, and that is a damn good thing.
I have to say that I’m not sure I would have the balls to make either of these three decisions. Hats off, Mr. President.