January 21, 2018

What if…?


The dramatic events early Monday, with a firefight that ended in Osama bin Laden’s escape, the deaths of 6 American servicemen and the capture and detention in Islamabad of 66 others and a dog

(May, 9 2011) Islamabad, Pakistan—One week after the tragic raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound the Pakistani military and intelligence service says 66 American serviceman detained in Islamabad are well treated , receiving all necessary medical attention and will be released to American authorities shortly. Many of the servicemen have been allowed to call their families in the States and all have received multiple visits by the Red Crescent humanitarian service. The bodies of 6 American servicemen killed in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter as the raid began arrived yesterday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and are in transit to the US. President Obama is scheduled to meet their arrival at Dover Air Base tomorrow morning.

The demand of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for a formal apology from the Obama administration for violation of that country’s airspace has not been met but there are signs that both Presidents may come to some compromise agreement in a mutual statement in the days ahead. Along with an apology President Zardari has demanded that every US military action within his country’s borders meet prior approval on an individual basis. Transit of US supplies and munitions to Afghanistan have also been halted over the last week although there has been no formal discontinuation of this longstanding policy agreement. Pakistan’s army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who authorized the encirclement of the compound and accepted the surrender of the 66 American pilots, Navy Seals and CIA officers has not made a public statement since removing his prisoners from the compound one week ago. At that time his incendiary comments about the incursion led many international leaders to criticize the US raid but to also call for a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to the incident.

The whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are currently unknown although there have been unverified reports that he was inside the compound at the beginning of the raid but escaped during the confusion as Pakistani troops surrounded and disarmed the US raiders.

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So let me get this straight: If this was the headline story who would be accepting responsibility? Would FoxNews be running countless stories about how George Bush should share the blame? Would those e-mails be circulating that it wasn’t Obama who ‘got’ bin Laden; it was a US soldier? Would anyone be blaming the Navy Seals for ineptitude?

You know the game.

For right-wing talkers, FoxNews and conservative bloggers and e-mailers Obama can only receive blame when things go right…or wrong.

Its the inversion of that famous quote of Richard Nixon: “I accept the responsibility but not the blame…”

What if this had been the final story about the what happened in Abottabad?
Who would get credited with the failure? Isn’t that the same person who should be given credit for its success?