There has been some debate over how much credit President Obama — who ultimately pulled the trigger — should get for killing Osama bin Laden versus Bush who set up all the methods of the war on terror that Obama ultimately followed. Let’s do a scorecard!
Now, Obama definitely gets some credit. He okayed the operation which could have ended very poorly considering they were going into Pakistan without permission. He also apparently insisted on getting people there on the ground and not just bombing the compound to make sure we could get confirmation that Osama was killed. So at least two really good points in his favor.
As for Bush’s credit, it looks like the information used to find Osama was obtained from someone held at Guantanamo. Also, it looks likely that the information was obtained by “enhanced interrogation techniques” — as Leon Panetta tellingly won’t deny that it was. And the big break in finding Osama may have been obtained by someone captured in Iraq. And, finally, the people who ultimately killed Osama were THE DICK CHENEY ASSASSINATION SQUAD!
So, adding that all up it is:
Obama 2, Bush 4
And I’m being pretty generous to Obama since I’m not deducting points for being against Gitmo, against waterboarding, and against going into Iraq. I don’t know if Obama was against the Dick Cheney Assassination Squad, but even if someone is super liberal, it’s hard to imagine him being against something so awesome! I also guess that’s why they won’t release video of the raid on the compound, because seeing Osama taken out by guys riding dinosaurs and armed with laser cannons would be a sight too awesome for a civilian to handle.