It is absolutely stunning to me how in the span of just 48 hours the American people can go from a spirit of unity right back to the divisive rhetoric that currently defines our nation. It’s sad really, because for some political ideology will always drive their social communications, no matter the change such a stunning event such as the killing of Osama bin Laden could warrant.
I recently read a Facebook post, which in essence derided President Obama, making sure that everyone in the social media universe knows and understands that the assassination of Osama bin Laden is in no way an Obama victory. I am here to say that I emphatically disagree.
Let me be clear. I am not in any way attempting to minimize the role of the United State military in this operation. The Joint Special Operations Command is an elite force full of courageous men ready to go whenever and wherever in the defense of our nation.
Over the last decade, the men and women of the United States military have given their sweat, their blood, and their lives in the defense of freedom and liberty. Without them, we certainly would not have the freedoms we enjoy now. I have friends and family in the Army, along with a friend and brother in the Air National Guard reserves. I will be forever grateful for their service, and their sacrifice is number one in my book.
Here though, I am going to take what could be seen as an unpopular position, and I am going to say, this is most certainly Barack Obama’s victory, as well. I will admit I have found myself completely captivated by the events of the past 48 hours. I have been sucked into every minute of news coverage. I have tracked every live blog, and looked in awe at pictures coming from the Situation Room. I have wanted to capture every quote and facial expression. Most impressive to me though has been the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
I have heard and seen the details of this mission over and over again. Every time I hear about it, I have to say wow. The President of the United States had a mission, he had the tools he needed to fulfill that mission, and he used those tools to accomplish a mission that has eluded this nation for a decade.
Let us not forget that when Barack Obama took office, the intelligence community of this nation was in shambles. After the events of the past 48 hours, it does not seem that way now. Let us not forget that at one time Osama bin Laden was nearly in our hands and the man slipped away. He did not slip away this time. Let us not forget that in the era of social media proliferation and WikiLeaks, the President of the United States kept this mission so close to the chest the media was insanely scrambling to report something, anything, before word finally came that the big news was that bin Laden was dead. Let us not forget that the President of the United States made the decision to enter a sovereign nation without their permission in the dead of night and kill the most wanted man in the world. He made the call, and that call took guts.
Again, I am not denying that the men and women in uniform ultimately carried out this mission. They deserve all the credit in the world. No other force could have done what they did in the way that they did it.
All I am asking is to give credit where credit is due. This President made a momentous decision in a critical time of our history. He was able to bring together the nation’s intelligence and military powers in a way no one has in a long time. I am proud of that. I am proud of this country’s Commander in Chief. In the last 48 hours, just that small timeframe, I saw the leader I wanted when I voted for him. I am proud to stand behind him in this moment.
I believe I will find myself making this plea for a bit longer. Let us all just come together as Americans. Let’s not keep looking for excuses to divide ourselves. The same Facebook post I read said that this is an American victory. I agree wholeheartedly. Let us not forget though that Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, is also an American.
The victory is also his.