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October surprise!.... How Obama killed Osama Bin Laden.... 'STOLEN VALOR"

June  4, 2012

Barack Obama's Stolen Valor

By William  A. Levinson

It  may or may not be a coincidence that film director Kathryn Bigelow and  screenwriter Mark Boal have an October 2012 release date for a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden.  There is  little doubt, however, that the Obama campaign will use it to remind voters that  the perpetrator of 9/11 died on Barack Obama's watch.  Those who oppose  this self-serving exploitation of the valor of our Navy SEALs can turn it  against the Obama campaign with a short and simple response: "Obama's Stolen  Valor."  It is in fact short enough to fit on a bumper  sticker.

"Stolen Valor" refers to charlatans who claim falsely to have  served in the Armed Forces and/or who wear medals they have not earned.   Barack Obama's sole claim on any role in the takedown of Osama bin Laden stems  from the fact that it happened on his watch, as did the more recent loss of 22  SEALs and eight other service members in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Let's  make it very clear up front.  Barack Obama did nothing more than to tell  the Armed Forces to go ahead with a plan they developed.  He did not, no  matter what his campaign staff or the pre-election movie might suggest, take out  bin Laden personally, as might be fantasized by Garry Trudeau's Red Rascal.  Nor did he play any role in planning the  mission like Tom Clancy's fictional hero  Jack Ryan (a former Marine officer, not a community organizer). If he or his  campaign staff engage in chest-pounding to the effect that Mr. Obama played some personal role in the mission's planning and execution, it would be  entirely fair to accuse him of stolen valor.

It  is already a matter of record that Mr. Obama has referred to our men and women  in uniform as "photo opportunities," with the specific words "You guys make a pretty good photo op."  Past  presidents have doubtless praised our service members for defending the country,  but it is doubtful that any president, especially one with his own service  record (e.g., Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, or either  Bush) ever called our troops a "photo op."

Mara  Zebst has meanwhile provided evidence in the American Thinker that the  Clancy-esque Situation Room photo in which Obama supervised the bin Laden  takedown was Photoshopped.  If this is proven, it will mean that the Obama  administration disseminated propaganda in the manner of George Orwell's Ministry  of Truth to reinforce the image of the Dear Leader as a godlike hero.  A  case could then be made to the effect that the Obama administration used  government facilities and senior government officials for electioneering  purposes, which is a felony.  (This assumes that the prohibition on  solicitation for political contributions includes the use of government property  to support any campaign-related activities.)

The  bottom line is, however, that anybody sitting in a bar with a bottle of beer in  his or her hand could have taken a call from a Navy SEAL commander and heard,  "We found out where the individual who orchestrated the murder of 3,000 American  citizens lives, and it is my judgment as a military professional that we can put  him down without significant risk of losing the men we send to do it.  All  I need is your approval, Sir/Madam."

A  person who had actually served in the U.S. Navy, such as John McCain, would have  replied, simply, "Make it so!," while a person of somewhat less refinement might  have said, "Waste the SOB!" or "Smoke him!"  Neither would have, however,  taken credit for the job as if he had personally rappelled out of a helicopter  and then fought his way Rambo-style through bin Laden's lair.

The  bottom line is that a leader or commander in chief takes responsibility for a  decision, but only the people who put their lives on the line to carry it out  take the credit.  Theodore Roosevelt accordingly took both the  responsibility (as the decision maker) and the credit (because he led the  attack) for the charge up San Juan Hill, but such cases are rare.   President Harry Truman did not even think of taking credit for bombing  Hiroshima because he did not fly the mission and he did not share any risks  taken by the crew of the Enola Gay.  All he took was  responsibility for the mission's approval and its effectiveness in ending the  war.  Winston Churchill took credit for his role in the Battle of Omdurman  (1898) because he fought there personally and killed the enemy with his own  hand.  All he took for the disaster of Gallipoli (1915) was the  responsibility and the blame, which is what a leader of character should have  done.  Only a self-aggrandizing narcissist like Barack Obama steals the  valor of genuine heroes and claims it as his own.

William A. Levinson is the author of several books on  business management including content on organizational psychology, as well as manufacturing productivity and  quality.

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