Is OPSEC reputable?
For those who do not know a group of supposed ex-special forces and ex-CIA have decided to criticize Obama for taking credit of the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Their Point of view seems to be that Obama did not act as part of the assault, and that the information he used to determine the orders he gave was gathered by others and because of this he can take little to no credit for the mission. This leaves me with a few questions.
Are these people even credible? It seems the special forces part of the group has missed a very important point. In order for most military to act it requires an order from the commander in chief who was Obama at the time, especially when going into a foreign country and killing people on their land without a declaration of war. Without this order the military would face serious consequences for acting on their own without orders. In other words the first step that made the mission possible was the order from Obama, and without that there would have been no mission.
Should Obama get credit for ending the manhunt for Osama despite years of hunting for the man from other presidents? It is known now that Bill Clinton let Osama go despite having reliable information on his location during his presidency. There is debate over whether GWB missed an opportunity to get Osama, but certainly he never made the order to kill him. Yes, had the military found him during their operations of war in Afganistan that was initiated by Bush they could have probably killed him without problem as a part of another mission, but according to records during some of the Bush years Osama was in Pakistan where we had no war going on, and attacks on their soil would have to be authorized by a superior officer leaving the military unable to act without the order. It seems to me that in the end Obama was the person who made the order to kill Osama, and ordered a military action inside of a country which we were not officially at war with. Without Obama making that order we would have no action that day so it seems again he was the person who officially made the attack orders reality.
Finally, who are these people really? The CIA does not make the names of their spies known, and special operations are also secretive about their members. Is there any official documentation about who they are, and their time served that we can look at to know that they did serve, or could I find some military looking people and give them a speech to read and make my own Opsec video? Not that i would because that would be fraudulent, but do these people have some sort of government backing that would give them some expertise we should take into account when listening to them?
Here is their official page detailing their point of view in regards to this. It is a 22 minute video, and I am not really debating the problems with White house leaks they bring up.
Special Operations (OPSEC) Political Committee| DishonorableDisclosure.com
It just does not seem to me that they have any credible reason to say Obama was out of line for claiming credit for a mission that was ordered by him, and a mission he took the entire risk for. Had it gone wrong we would be discussing his failure, and he would have put any good relations with Pakistan in jeopardy for attacking a military neighborhood without result. I think Obama deserves to take credit for an operation that happened on his authority, and because of his orders.