A CNS News article reports that “The White House asserted that Vice President Joe Biden did not misspeak when he said, ‘you can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan,’ referring to President Barack Obama’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden.”
To give credit where credit is due, finally getting Osama Bin Laden was the right thing to do and the Obama Administration should get credit for it. I know that without the Special Forces and the prep time put in by the Bush Administration, it wouldn’t have happened. There’s a lot of credit to go around.
500 years is a long time and includes a lot of history. I picked three examples off the top of my head that qualify as really bold moves. I’m sure you can think of others. You might want to send your list to Vice President Biden and President Obama.
The founders who signed their names to the Declaration of Independence was a more bold move than killing Osama Bib Laden. Notice what they signed their names to:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
These men were willing to give up everything for liberty, including their “Lives.” Here’s how one historian put it:
“It was a bold and radical move by these Colonists, invoking the wrath of the royal governor who offered a reward for information to identify the men involved.”
The rag-tag group of colonialists going up against the world’s most powerful military power of the day was bolder than killing Osama Bin Laden by miles. No one ever gave the colonists a chance to win a decisive victory against King George and the British Empire. The colonists were ill-equipped, lacked food and weapons, and had no standing army.
What about D-Day? Are we to assume that the assault on one man be heavily armed soldiers was a more bold move than attacking the German Army in the European theater? I don’t think so.
The operation, planned by a team under Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan, was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air elements under direct British command with over 160,000 troops landing on June 6, 1944. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
President Obama has no sense of American history. Some will say, “Because he wasn’t born here.” It’s more than that. It’s because he has disdain for what America is, how it came into being, and where it should be going.