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  •  Superior thinking by the CinC (14+ / 0-)

    The brass dropped the ball.

    But the CinC picked it up and carried it to the goal line.

    I AM very very impressed.

    Go swift-boat your mamas you losers.

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    by Shockwave on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 12:02:41 PM PDT

    •  I wouldn't say the military dropped the ball. (14+ / 0-)

      I think they were probably operating under a different set of parameters, thinking what was wanted was "get in and out without causing a diplomatic kerfuffle."  Obama gave them a different set--get out no matter what, and I will deal with any diplomatic aftermath.

      Which was a good decision--I do not think it would have been diplomatically pretty to try to get our people back if some had gotten stuck there when that copter went down.  And there was going to be a kerfuffle no matter what, so better not to have our people stuck there as "guests" of the Pakistani government.

      Both Obama and the military did well.

      •  Precisely. (7+ / 0-)

        It was the result of a truly healthy relationship between the President and the military leadership.  Not one where the C-in-C delegates all decisions (and therefore fault in the event of failure) to the generals, who by the nature of their work don't have the full geopolitical picture.

        Obama laid out what the mission had to do (get in, get him, get the intel, get out) and the military came up with the right plan to do it.  And when that plan hit a snag, the operators carrying out adapted and used the resources put at their disposal to complete every objective.

        Everybody performed to the best of their ability that night.  From the boots on the ground to the commander in chief and everyone in between.  It was an American achievement.

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        by TarantinoDork on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 01:53:41 PM PDT

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    •  I am utterly amazed (10+ / 0-)

      at the President's focus and political skills.  His notion was that he was prepared to get bin Laden but he was also concerned about getting our troops in and out with as little risk to them as  possible.  It tells me he totally owns the role of commander in chief of the armed forces with a good grasp of our military's capabilities.  Yes, I believe this was the act that guarantees Obama a 2nd term.  Godspeed, Mr. President.

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      by Kurt from CMH on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 01:26:31 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, it's a trade-off. The more helicopters (5+ / 0-)

      you send into Pakistani airspace, the more risk of them being spotted before they get to Bin Laden and get back out.

      Both were highly dangerous options.

      The SEAL leadership first proposed only two helicopters, trying to keep down the number of aircraft deep inside Pakistan, and in doing so, make it more likely they'd get to Bin Laden without being detected.

      Obama said he wanted the SEALs to be able to fight their way out of Pakistan. Whether he was thinking of the safety of the SEALS or avoiding a prolonged diplomatic crisis or maybe even a bigger fight with Pakistan... I don't know if we can know that. Maybe he was thinking of all those things.

      Either way, Obama was right.

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