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May 2, 2011

Re: 'How the News Should Have Been Announced'

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Claudia Rosett at NRO, on a point I touched on in a previous post ... Barack Obama's narcissistic rush to claim credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden:

Bin Laden's death is great news, but the president, in his rush to claim credit, made a mistake in delivering it himself. Osama bin Laden was a pied piper of mass murder, and every effort should be made to avoid in any way dignifying anything about him. Rather than using the presidential pulpit to break the news, President Obama should have left it to one of the U.S. military commanders or spy chiefs whose men took the real risks in this operation. (Recall how President Bush, rather than grabbing the center stage, and thus dignifying the ex-tyrant of Iraq, left it to Paul Bremer to announce the capture of Saddam Hussein.) Obama should have then followed up by explaining the broader context of this war, and putting terrorists from Hamas to Hezbollah to Moammar Qaddafi on notice that anyone who attacks or even mortally threatens America, or America's allies, can expect the same fate.
As we noted earlier, OBL's killing is indeed a triumph for the United States of America, for our soldiers and intelligence operatives, and for the president as well. However, at the heart of the matter is the brave men and women in our military and intelligence services ... and their leaders ... who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible ... and they deserve to have their roles emphasized ... not by a politician rushing to claim credit for their hard work.

Posted by Richard at May 2, 2011 12:24 PM

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