I am in the process of writing a thoughtful post about how I'm feeling about Osama Bin Laden's death, but I'm having a harder time than I realized putting together how I feel. However there is one thing that is completely driving me crazy, and that is a lot of stupid on Facebook. Thankfully, "Stand Strong" on Daily Kos answers this better than I could:
I had been seeing a meme popping up on Facebook from a few people on my friend list that simply had to be addressed. The first person it was addressed with quickly found them self on the end of the Unfriend button. A short while later, so did her sister.
I then saw another one of my friends post the same thing and so I decided to write back.
By now, you've probably seen this pathetic excuse of an attempt to deny the President any credit for the recent events that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden:
Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!!
This is one of the most ridiculous, disingenuous and steaming piles of dog mess I've seen in a while. It almost tops the chain-mail I got several years ago about how all Democrats hate the troops, want them to die, and support the terrorists. That one didn't end well either, thanks to "Reply All."
Yes, Obama did NOT personally kill Bin Laden but then again, George Bush didn't personally kill Saddam Hussein either but he got credit for it, didn't he? And surprisingly, there are some out there today giving Bush credit for this, and yet he happens to not be the guy in office anymore which pretty much nulls that first argument.
But to get to a more serious point, the truth of the matter is that this was a long-term project which involved numerous meetings between the President and his security advisers, as well as the diligence of those in the intelligence community and ultimately, those soldiers who actually carried out the mission.
However, HAD THIS MISSION FAILED and Osama Bin Laden gotten away and/or those SEALs who underwent the mission been injured or killed, are you telling me you're going to dish out a heaping cup of blame on the SEALs for fucking it up?
No, of course not. But I'll tell you what you WILL do. You're going to turn and you're going to look at the President and you're going to blame him.
HE was the one who had the meetings and reviewed the intelligence. HE was the one who made the decision to launch the mission. HE, as Commander in Chief of the United States, who is ultimately responsible for the well-being of those who serve this nation, sent a SEAL team on probably one of the most high profile, risky individual campaigns those people had ever gone on.
If things go to shit, THAT'S on the President. But if it succeeds...?
As for the other myths in this meme, the soldiers didn't just "finally found OBL" while doing a routine patrol. They were given intelligence, they trained, they planned. This was a mission, not some spider-hole they stumbled upon, popped the lid off of and said "Whoa! Hey! What do we have here?!" This was a mission reviewed and approved by the President.
And lastly, with regards to "cutting off pay," I assume this involves the recent threats of shutting down the government?
Yeah, that wasn't Obama either.
Titled, "While You Are Entitled To Your Own Opinions, You Are Not Entitled To Your Own Facts." I think that just about sums it up.