Will Navy SEALs swift-boat Obama over the bin Laden raid?
A backlash is growing to the victory dance over the terrorist’s death, fueling concerns that Obama’s biggest foreign policy success could be turned against him
Many Navy SEALs are not happy that President Obama is “taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden,” says Toby Harnden at Britain’s The Daily Mail. Quoting retired and active SEALs, both on the record and off, Harnden makes the case that many SEALs resent Obama for using the group as “ammunition” in his re-election campaign. Some U.S. commentators dismissed the report as a conservative hatchet job, but others aren’t so sure, saying Republicans could use the SEALs’ alleged complaints to undercut Obama’s most visible foreign policy success, much the way the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth decimated John Kerry’s image as a decorated war hero in 2004. Is Obama about to be swift-boated?
Obama is skating on thin ice: “The frustration — or even anger — within the SEAL community is real,” and if Obama’s not careful, he could see his greatest foreign policy asset slip away, says Michael Hastings at BuzzFeed. Conservatives’ “stagey outrage” over Obama trumpeting the death of bin Laden could find a more publicly palatable vehicle in the SEALs, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see “navysealsagainstobama.com sprout up soon.” The Obama campaign might want to reconsider whether “spiking the football, again, and again, and again, in public” is such a good idea, after all. “Will the Navy SEALs swift boat Obama?”
Maybe he deserves to be swift-boated: “When you take too much credit, you open the door to blowback that gives you too little,” says Paul Mirengoff at Powerline.
The SEALs’ reaction to Obama’s “campaign of self-congratulation” was utterly predictable, and the president’s real problem is that he doesn’t have much else to brag about. “Other than the killing of bin Laden, nothing much springs to mind.” “Obama encounters blowback from the SEALs”…..EXCERPT
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