Seals unimpressed with the Presidents role in killing Bin Laden

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In an interview with Mailonline both serving Seals and retired alike are saying the more President Obama takes credit for getting Bin Laden
the more it is obvious he is using them for political gain. President Obama made a decision. It sort of goes with the job. As decisions go it wasn't even a tough call
according to Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit. He said it was a "No Brainer" and any
President would have made the same call. "‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call."

"A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.
‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’"

The President said back on May 4, 2011 "we don't need to spike the football" explaining his choice not to release the photo of a dead Bin Laden. However he has not missed a chance to do so over and over and his continued taking credit for the "kill" is rising the ire of many in the Special Ops field.

"Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it.
‘But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.
‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe. Senior military figures have said that Admiral William McRaven, a former SEAL who was then head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the decision to take bin Laden out. Tactical decisions were delegated even further down the chain of command."

Some have said the Obama knew where Bin Laden was back in October 2010 but couldn't make the decision to go until political pressure forced him to do so. His fear of Bin Laden escaping when he could have got him brought on shades of Bill Clinton.

‘In the end, Obama was forced to make a decision and do it. He knew that if he didn’t do it the political risks in not taking action were huge. Mitt Romney would have made the call but he would have made it earlier – as would George W. Bush" a former intelligence official who was serving in the US government when bin Laden was killed said.

Remember when Bush used 9/11 photos back in '04'?

CNN: Democrats blast Bush for 'playing politics' with 9/11.

The White House quarreled with Democrats Tuesday over whether President Bush was trying to win political points by using a September 11 anniversary speech to defend the war in Iraq and his war on terror. ...
Democrats, in a campaign to win control of Congress from the president's Republican Party, charged that Bush was using a national day of mourning for partisan gain. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Tuesday that Bush was "more consumed by staying the course in Iraq and playing election-year politics." ...

But these same Democrats are completely fine with Obama playing politics with the War on Terror and taking credit for making an "Easy call" according to some Seals.

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Arianna Huffington agrees with Romney

"On Monday’s “CBS This Morning,” Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington condemned President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign for an ad questioning whether or not presumtive GOP nominee Mitt Romney would have killed Osama bin Laden.

The campaign ad features former President Bill Clinton applauding Obama, and takes what some say are Romney’s own words out of context to score political points. The Romney campaign condemned the ad and Huffington agreed.

“I agree with the Romney campaign,” she said.

“Using the Osama bin Laden assassination, killing, the great news we had a year ago, in order to say basically that Obama did it and Romney may not have done it, which is really the — which is the message — I don’t think there should be an ad about that. I think it’s one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. It’s one thing to have an NBC special from the ‘Situation Room’ … all of that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”

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