Obama’s CYA Option on Bin Laden

by Ryan on May 5, 2012

in Election 2012,History,Politics,War on Terror

This week former Attorney General Michael Mukasey published an op ed regarding Obama’s recent Bin Laden-related football-spiking.  It’s scathing and worth reading the whole article.  Mukasey makes the point that real leaders take less credit and more blame than they deserve.  He cites Lincoln after Appomattox, Bush after the capture of Saddam, and Eisenhower after D-Day.  They each thanked the troops and turned to the next mission with little personal vainglory.

Mukasey asserts that should SEAL Team 6′s Bin Laden operation have failed, Admiral McRaven would have been the scapegoat.  In other words, the Obama team had a “cover your a**” option ready to go.  CS Lewis once wrote that “a game is only worth playing if it’s possible to lose” and those who have tasted loss know how to respect victory.  Lincoln, Bush, and Ike respected loss and understood the price of victory.

This CYA memo is merely another piece of evidence that Obama is more of a shrewd politician than an apt leader.

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Rightonoz May 6, 2012 at 4:05 am


Slight tangent, however I believe the following, which we apply to our current PM applies equally to you know who.
A New word explaining the democratic process driving Australian politics !
A new word – Ineptocracy
Could not find it in my old Webster’s.
“Googled” it and discovered it is a recently “coined” new word. Getting really close to the bone!
Read this one over slowly and absorb the facts that totally are within this sentence!
I love this word. Finally, a word recently coined to describe our current political situation.
Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. 


Ryan May 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hey Oz,

Ineptocracy. I like it.

Perhaps we should adopt the policy of the galactic presidency in the world of the late author Douglas Adams — the president is constantly being chased by the authorities in hopes that he doesn’t actually show up to do anything. That way the people get by without being meddled with so much by their politicians.


rightonoz May 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I’ll drink to that!

Budget week this week, where the Treasurer awarded ‘Best Treasurer in the World’ by the EU treasurers (as if they’d know squat about the subject), will bring down what he’s admitted will be a savage budget to try contain the fallout from taking our treasury from $Bn’s surplus under Howard to over $100Bn debt, and growing by $100M a day. $6Bn in interest a year.

But hey, the solo mothers and unemployed all got $1800 cash handout to spend on booze, cheap holidays to Bali to ‘keep our economy afloat through the GFC’

Roll on 2013 (elections) and there will be some (Labour and Greens) arses kicked into touch, just like our state elections last month. Totally inept Labor govt (as all Labour ie socialist gov’ts are) from solid majority to only 7 members in one election. Revenge is sweet! Our new State Premier “can do!” Newman (ex Army) is already going through all the waste with a razor! If he does half the job he did as Brisbane Mayor, Qld will be racing along within a very short time. Hopefully with your elections in Nov, similar justice will be done.


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