In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the goal post shifting and Monday morning scrutiny of the President reached a level leagues beyond even the Nixon tapes, the Zapruder film, or Monica's blue dress. Obama at times seems to be the Invisible Man, a note in his pocket saying "To Whom It May Concern...Keep This Nigger-Boy Running."
Why did he wait so long? He doesn't deserve credit. Why doesn't he show the photo? Is bin Laden even dead? Was killing bin Laden even legal? All these niggling questions asked while also crediting Bush's use of illegal torture(no wonder Bush wants to stay out of public life)and after criticizing then candidate Obama for promising to go into Pakistan and get bin Laden.
One thing to be admired about President Obama is how he is as adept at dodging metaphorical shoes as GWB was at dodging real ones. An administrative magician, he manages to accomplish a great deal while much of the country watches gridlock, bickering, and fear-mongering.
It was a gutsy call to go into Pakistan and kill bin Laden in his home. It took courage and conviction from all involved to undertake the planning and risk of putting people on the ground. It took courage and conviction to order Osama bin Laden's execution.
While discussion raged around photos, credit, and intelligence sources, the biggest call made by a President in years goes completely ignored; the order to kill bin Laden. There is no doubt those were the orders, directly from the President. Controversy around GITMO, terrorist trials in the U.S., and the potential for radical agitation made the capture of bin Laden impossible.
There was never going to be an Osama bin Laden interrogation. There was never going to be a trial, lawyers, or an Osama bin Laden's attorney press conference. The decision was made to put an end to it, to go for the kill.
That's Obama's other gutsy call.