Where are all the stories, like we had when Barack Obama offed Osama Bin Laden, about how the president courageously took the decision — a militarily and politically risky one — to kill Public Enemy #1?
Where are the stories about how he deliberated, whom he asked, how he overrode the objections of the bellyachers? About how he threw politics to the wind to do what’s right for America, knowing that failure could mean defeat at the polls??
Of course, the chief bellyacher when Obama took the decision was Joe Biden.
It takes a conservative columnist to give Trump some credit. From an opinion piece today by Marc Thiessen:
President Trump deserves credit for ordering the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was a high-risk mission that required U.S. forces to fly hundreds of miles into al-Qaeda-controlled territory to storm a heavily armed terrorist compound. If things had gone horribly wrong, Trump would have been blamed and borne the consequences. Just ask Jimmy Carter how the Desert One disaster affected his reelection. Trump knew the political risks but gave the order to go anyway.
Would Joe Biden have done the same? Unlikely.
The former vice president advised Barack Obama not to carry out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. As Mark Bowden, author of “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” explained in 2012, “The only major dissenters were Biden and [then-Defense Secretary Robert] Gates, and before the raid was launched, Gates would change his mind.” During a meeting in the Situation Room, Biden later recalled, Obama turned to him and asked, “Joe, what do you think?” Biden answered, “Mr. President, my suggestion is don’t go.” Worse, his reason had nothing to do with national security. According to Bowden, Biden told the president that “if the effort failed, Obama could say goodbye to a second term.”
Hmm, looks like Biden jeopardized national security for politics.
Maybe he should have been impeached.