What Would You Do? The Business of Politics
I heard someone quip recently,"How can you tell if a politician is lying?" The answer we might all agree is "When their lips are moving." Today as I watched the news conference of our President and that of Japan's Prime Minister Nado the questions asked were somewhat of a surprise and our President used the news conference to promote himself and point fingers at the opposition with regards to "his decision" to take out Osama Bin Laden.Although he didn't mention any names, little doubt remained to the inference. "Read the commentary, he said, in what I perceived as as a low blow and cheap shot at the Republican candidate and see what he had previously said, " "I" on the other hand have always said,"if we have a clear shot at his capture,"I" wouldn't hesitate.
Maybe I don't understand all there is to know about politics but one thing that all Americans regardless of party affiliation would have to say the call was correct and the success by our US Navy Seals is unparalleled. Questions still remain as to why our supposed ally Pakistan allowed the worlds foremost terrorist a safe haven within their country.
Prime Minister Nado answered the question much better. How ironic this question was ask by a most likely hand picked person, Obama himself. Prime Minister Nado commented in essence the war of terrorism remains a raging battle which has spread to cyber space. He nailed it! It is my opinion that regardless of who was our President, when the call came that Bin Laden was finally located and a team was ready for a crucial mission, the call would by the priority given the same decision would have been made. The final decision ultimately was in the hands of the Commander and Chief who just happened to be the current President . I shudder to think any President wouldn't have made the same decision presented with the same facts and knew he would be privy to the mission as an eye witness. When questioned about the subject Mitt Romney remarked he would have most certainly made the call and quickly added, even Jimmy Carter would have.
The "glory grabbers" and that is what this appears to be seek to gain an advantage. What our President did yesterday is purely politics and in bad taste. The following quote is from former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton""Basically what Obama did was get out of the way," said Mr. Bolton Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. "It was a decision that 99.99 percent of the American people would agree with. That does not equal a foreign policy." Mr Bolton's comment is right on.
News conferences should be just that, NEWS! It should not be a stepping stone of self promotion as we saw yesterday. This is just my opinion but I feel there are many who share the same opinion. The real heroes are Americans who have never backed down when the principles we hold dear are threatened.
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