One year after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the action has become a hot-button debate topic.
Mitt Romney is trivializing the issue, saying any president, even Jimmy Carter, would have done the same. But with Vice President Biden advising President Obama against the issue, and the knowledge not being definitive, would any president do the same?
MSNBC paints Romeny in a very negative light. The story mentions a broadcast where he defends his remarks from 2007, saying it wouldn’t be worth the effort and money involved to kill one man. The story also mentions his wife calling him a “wild and crazy man,” but takes it out of context.
Is this an issue that should be looked at in such a way? Granted, Osama bin Laden was an awful human being. But, he was a human being. Should we be treating his death as a triumph? And should President Obama get to take the credit? After all, he was not among the Navy SEALs who entered the compound and successfully took out bin Laden. He was safely in the White House, ready to speak to the country. If the operation had failed, this would likely be an entirely different discussion.
Can’t we just accept bin Laden’s death and move on with our lives? This type of behavior is childish. Who knows what Romney would have done if he were president, and who really cares? The fact is Romney wasn’t president, Obama was. That should be the end of the story. The what-if’s and what-could-have-been’s are merely speculation. They have absolutely no grounds.
Let’s instead talk about things that really matter: healthcare, job creation, education, things like that. I’d much rather read about that than about whether or not Romney would have done something if he were in that position if he were eating a bologna sandwich at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday if it were sunny. I mean, seriously. Let’s stop dwelling on the past and talk about how the candidates plan to make change for the future.