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Friday, January 20, 2012

White House's Overblown Courage and Uncommon Conceit

                 "Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
                   For promotion cometh not from the east, nor from the west,
                   nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down
                   one, and setteth up another.    - Psalm 75:5 - 7 KJV
In a recent TV interview, President Obama's chief campaign strategist David Axelrod did his best in talking up his boss' national security portfolio for making a "very courageous decision" - ordering the mission to take out Osama Bin Laden.

Sorry to burst Mr. Axelrod's bubble but ordering to kill the Al-Qaeda leader is not the most courageous thing for a president to do. It is called "Doing Your Job as Commander-in-Chief." Courage belongs to the Navy SEAL team who carried out the mission, came face-to-face with America's enemy #1 and pulled the trigger.
Mr. Axelrod even questioned if Mitt Romney, a current Republican presidential candidate, would have made the same brave decision. The question was purely hypothetical so we do not know the exact answer to that. What we do know was that, during a 2008 Democratic presidential debate, then-Senator Obama was asked what he would do if two American cities were hit simultaneously by terrorists. His response was "the first thing we'd have to do is to make sure we have an effective emergency response."  That was a CITY MAYOR'S response, not exactly the first one that a courageous president would make. One thing for sure, President Obama benefitted a lot from the national security policies laid out by his predecessor. Admitting so would be a brave thing to do.

President Obama and his team like to toot their horn on this issue, doing their victory lap while the real heroes remain nameless and faceless. But Americans are smart enough to not see on President Obama a face of courage, just plain CONCEIT.

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