Discussion in 'Politics' started by Lakhota, Sep 30, 2011.
More: Obamas Missing Bravado
Obama is a quiet warrior...
It's because he wasn't earned his bragging rights yet... The economy is still a mess.
John Bolton Does His Best To Downplay Obama’s Killing Of Awlaki | ThinkProgress
Oh, he earned it. It takes time to fix the Bush holocaust.
Obama doesn't want to give back his peace prize.
I'm sure he would "brag about it", if he saw a political advantage to it without a corresponding policy disadvantage. I can think of a few reasons not to brag:
1) National security. Some of Bush's more inflammatory rhetoric (EG, "dead or alive") was said to encourage reprisals against Americans, or to provoke our enemies. Obama might be trying to avoid this sort of thing. Indeed, my understanding is that the US does not officially acknowledge drone strikes, so it seems that national security policy ties Obama's hands substantially in admitting most of the successes.
2) Waiting for the right time. Obama isn't running intensely for reelection yet. He may be merely biding his time before deciding when and whether to campaign on this.
3) Avoiding appearance of bragging. It might be that actively running on his counter-terrorism record might be seen as politicizing a military matter. This is dangerous territory, particularly for a Democratic president who is presiding over major Defense cuts.
4) Anticipating future terrorism events. Recently, the US has seemed to be winning the counter-terrorism battle. However, it's impossible to reduce the chances of a deadly terrorist attack to zero. If Obama plays up counter-terrorism, he makes US policy (and his own approval) that much more vulnerable to terrorism. The Iranian hostage crisis already proved that foreign extremists can manipulate US presidential politics.
There are a few other possibilities, but they don't strike me as likely. Perhaps Obama has moral objections to politicizing counter-terrorism, or perhaps he worries that targeting US citizens convicted of no crimes for assassination will be inherently politically unpopular.
As usual dumbfuck liberals talk out both ends in support of Obamination.
Many of the CIA and military programs that are bearing fruit now started under Bush, it just took time to find the assholes around the world to kill them.
The UBL courier that led the CIA to UBL's compound was being followed since 2003 but he made a mistake using a monitored cell phone in 2008 which led to them tracking him down near UBL's compound.
The CIA and military doing things to terrorists in GITMO and other "nice places" around the world led to the information on the courier and from there. Intel gathering takes time, it doesn't happen overnight because typically captured terrorists aren't willing to give up their friends.
Oh, the liberals that called for Bush being thrown in jail over wiretaps don't seem to care Obaminationa is doing the same wiretaps....
I believe that's generally the point of the OP.
Ninja Obama, the silent warrior: Killer of pirates and assorted al Qaeda terrorists.
2 or 3 key members does not a decimation make
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