Next, however, Mr. Obama faced the crunch in his decision to kill Osama bin Laden. This time, the president succeeded brilliantly. He never flinched. And he was surely right quickly and respectfully to commit the body to the ocean depths. He thereby denied bin Laden’s jihadists a shrine around which to gather to commemorate their martyr’s death.
More than that, President Obama deliberately denied the Pakistanis advance knowledge of the strike. Another good decision, Mr. President! It would seem the Pakistanis knew where he was all along. That is treachery. Maybe they did not know that America ’s Number One enemy was there. He was comfortably housed barely a mile outside Pakistan ’s equivalent of West Point . If so, what good are they as an ally?
For all of this, Barack Obama deserves highest praise. Less praiseworthy, however, were the after-action comments by Vice President Biden and others. Why did the world need to know which special ops unit had staged the raid on bin Laden’s headquarters? Why was the New Yorker magazine able to go into print with a long, detailed description of methods and sources? This was a major misstep.
Today, Mr. Obama faces the crunch with Iran. He will have to determine whether the mullahs have developed a nuclear capability, or are very close to doing so. The Iranians have been the leading sponsors of terrorism since 1979. Will they soon be able to put their nuclear program into bunkers deep beneath mountains and thus secure them from satellite detection and further inspection?
If the president does not act, will he stand aside as Israel acts? Millions of lives could be affected as this still young man weighs evidence and exercises his judgment—in the crunch.
At such a time, we should recall what then-Sen. Obama said about sitting in the Trinity United Church of Christ for twenty years. He said he was not aware of Rev. Wright’s “godda*ning” of this country. He claimed not to have heard the lava-like anti-American rhetoric that erupted from that pulpit.
Perhaps so. But now, when everything depends on this man’s judgment, it is not reassuring to know that he could freely associate with such an anti-American group for so long and remain unaware. It was obvious to the rest of us.
I have sat in many a pew in many a church over the past twenty years. I’ve never heard such anti-American venom preached. Now is when it matters to all of us.
Now, with President Obama poised to receive that 3 a.m. phone call, we are all in the crunch.