Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, has joined the chorus of jeers aimed at President Barack Obama for gloating classlessly about the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
“The special operators who have every right to ‘spike the football’ are too professional to do so. The White House might follow their lead,” George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense snarked Tuesday.
The defense head in place on Sept. 11 was sacked for his inept management of the Iraq War, but he’s right on target this time.
Obama’s gloating is tacky and embarrassing, but more importantly, it’s intellectually dishonest. According to defense department leaks, Obama waffled over whether to execute the raid, even under tons of pressure from Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, and David Petraeus.
Whatever you think of Rumsfeld, he is correct. The special forces are supposed to function clandestinely, and using them as an election prop puts their lives in jeopardy.
And, let’s face it: the decision to send the SEALs into Pakistan was a no-brainer. If Rumsfeld, or any other politician, had been in power at that moment, they would have made the same choice.
The president should be commended for this accomplishment, but flying 7,000 miles to Afghanistan to brag is a little too much to stomach. And, if he is claiming credit for the Osama killing, maybe he’ll start doing the same for America’s awful economy and crushing unemployment.