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[QUOTE=Green Jets & Ham;4023147]It was a kill mission, absolutely and positively, but we can never publicly acknowledge it.
Just for the record, I have absolutely no problem with a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, quite the contrary, I think it was a great idea, but I'm surprised Obama went for it.[/QUOTE]
Probably right. I think capture would have been the worst of the 2 options with regards to terrorist retaliation - if OBL was being held by the US, seems they would be even more motivated to initiate something devastating, then put it out there that it could be avoided with OBL's return, which they know we could never do, and you have a terrorist's dream - widespread panic either way, and if they pull it off, US govt's worst nightmare, a 'decision' that allowed a theoretically avoidable attack.
[QUOTE=quantum;4023169]Unfortunately, how this is presented is nearly as important as getting it done.
Is it presented in a way that says "don't **** with us?" or that says "We stumbled onto success after waffling over it for days/weeks"? Big difference and may yield different results down the road. :([/QUOTE]
The bullet in his head says "don't **** with us"
The 10 years it took to find him is enough of a faux pas that a few more months didn't matter... Just my opinion.
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While the info coming out of the White House has been confusing, right from the moment we started hearing about it on Sunday night, I put that up to the fact that this administration continues to learn on the fly. I've said from the start I thought BO in over his head.
That being said, I honestly give them a pass on the confusion thing, the bottom line is they got the most hated man in the world, and they did it aggressively. The final outcome cleans the slate on the subject for me.
Obama and our special forces shine like the sun for me on this one.