The commentaries on the president’s shameless exploitation of the SEALs’ operation that killed bin Laden has sickened many Americans and the president has responded as he always does when confronted with his own failure and utter lack of graciousness –by doubling down.
John Hinderaker has some thoughts at Powerline, as does former Attorney General Michael Mukasey writing in the Wall Street Journal, but the best reaction comes via The Mail’s Toby Harnden from a former Seal Team 6 leader:
Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘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.
‘I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort.’
Mr Zinke, who is now a Republican state senator in Montana, added that MR Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for his re-election bid. ‘The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.’
“Predictable” is exactly what the president is, and his rising unpopularity shows that the public has had it with his predictable gracelessness and offensive exploitation of the dangerous work of the SEALs. The Chicago gang is tone deaf, however, and think this stuff works. It will be a feature of the campaign, and every time Obama trots it out, he will lose votes.