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Osama's Death: Dedicated to Peace by President Obama

By Colleen Kelly Johnston
Opinion | May 2, 2011

WICHITA, Kan. - And now where do we go after writing down our voting reminder for 2012. Let's see. Obama for President and no insulting conservatives for any office, anywhere.

President Obama had the courtesy to call former Presidents Bush and Clinton before the public announcement was made. President Obama gave credit to the American military and intelligence services for a job very well done. He credited Leon Panetta for taking the job of getting Bin Laden and pursuing it until it was done.

But have any Republicans given his administration anything but the tiniest bit of credit? They have been grudging in their respect. The American public must remember that in November 2012.

America needs to hold together now. We can cheer; we are happy this day has finally come. But most experts are hesitant to provoke retaliation by castigating Muslim leaders of Pakistan or Syria or Afghanistan, especially Pakistan.

Bin Laden's hideout was a massive, expensive bulwark in the center of a community, Abbottabad, home to many retired Pakistani military men. Construction was begun in 2005 and took up a huge space with its 18 foot thick walls.

There is no way that anyone could expect any American to believe that the government of Pakistan had no knowledge of who built it and who resided there. President Obama must be given credit for the raid's success along with the Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Leon Panetta and the patient info gatherers who kept their eyes and ears open until they were positive of their success.

All Americans can hold their heads up with pride, sharing this success. And we must remember in 2012.


3 Comments

In fairness John Boehner did give credit to President Obama, he also mentioned President Bush. However, I think that we give a little too much credit to the people at the top. All President Obama did was look at the evidence and give the order. There were countless people who did all the work to find Bin Laden. They've been tracking him since the 90's. I guess my feeling is that we shouldn't really congratulate anyone, and we certainly shouldn't fight over who deserves credit. We should feel good that the world is rid of a man who desired to do harm to others. Then we should move on.


I agree with you, as I stated in my blog, about where the credit should go, except Obama kept the pressure on tight. I know there was one other Republican who gave more that a passing glance on what was being done and by whom. But two out of the entire conservative gangs in DC? Be serious.


Sadly it's the nature of politics. If say President McCain was in office I doubt democrats would have done much different.

Rest assured the liberal press is doing its part plus we are seeing people with signs that say "Obama 1, Bush 0" on them.


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