|Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 21):|
Poorly worded on my part. I meant no one is congratulating the president for directly killing anyone. Only authorizing the risky strike
The other thing is that a good leader delegates. A good leader knows when a subordinate is better than himself at something and allows that subordinate to do his job and generally follows his recommendations unless he has a good reason not to.
Obama knew to sit in a corner (literally) and allow the most qualified people to do their jobs. That lack of action, in and of itself, is something commendable. Other Presidents have been notorious for micromanaging and not tolerating dissent (*koff* GWB *koff koff*), a symptom of not knowing one's limits.
But in spite of that, Obama had a tough job. He was shown a bunch of intelligence that we never got to saw. We don't know how solid that intelligence was. He had to judge how solid it was, how convincing it was, and do something very risky; authorize US Military action on sovereign foreign soil. To do so without producing OBL
would have been a huge political embarrassment domestically, and would have been tantamount to an act of war against Pakistan, who wouldn't have attacked, but certainly would have made a lot of noise and further weakened US interests in the Mid-East world. His decision to authorize that operation took balls. Big, shiny, brass ones.
About that, I think people misunderstand the importance of that raid. Yeah, it was great to get OBL
's head on a platter, but that wasn't the big gain from that raid. That house had information about EVERYTHING Al-Qaeda. Where each safe house is, where the money comes from, what their plans are, who their members are, their E-mail addresses, probably their phone numbers, where they are, etc. etc. etc. The intelligence that came out of that house absolutely devastated AQ
I often enjoy imagining being a terror lord; it may be ghastly, but it's also an interesting intellectual challenge. So imagine, for a moment, being OBL
's successor and the CIA
just got your E-mail and your phone number(s) and those of all your associates. In a public situation like this, all the contacts will know to stop communicating through those lines, but how will they get back in touch? All the lines of communication are now compromised, so how does Guy A tell Guy B what his new contact info is? They've all had to suddenly vanish; how are they going to find each-other? And that's only ONE of the many problems that the new leader has to overcome! Every training camp has to be moved. Warehouses of equipment need to be emptied. Bank accounts are now locked, so there's limited money, and it all has to be done RIGHT NOW. What a pain in the butt! They're so busy running in circles that there's no way they can mount a real attack.