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Obama on Osama

U.S. president speaks to ’60 minutes’ about the deadly raid


 

In his first interview since the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. President Barack Obama described the historic event as “one of the most satisfying weeks, not only for my presidency, but I think for the United States.” Obama told reporter Steve Kroft that he was “profoundly grateful” to be part of bringing the architect of 9/11 to justice, but that the decision to make the raid was extremely difficult, especially because he couldn’t be sure that bin Laden was in the compound. “We didn’t have a photograph of bin Laden in that building, there was no direct evidence,” he said, “but I felt that the risks were outweighed by the potential benefit of us finally getting our man.”

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  1. I am not a fan of Obama, but on this decision he deserves kudos.

    I am surprised that he made that call, as he seems so timid on other issues, but good for him.

  2. Reposting this since it seems to have disappeared:

    The best, most inspirational image of the US is that of a country that provides freedom and opportunity for all of it’s citizens. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are written directly into the Declaration of Independence, and it has really shaped how the country sees itself, and how others see the US for the better. Yet, I worry about where the US has been going since 9/11. There seems to be a real rush to concentrate executive power (which was already a trend that needed fighting) and to erode civil liberties. In the wake of Bin Laden’s death, there are reports from progressive sources in the US that the Obama administration attempted to assassinate a US citizen. If this is true, it represents a deep betrayal of the principles that underpin US society and appears to be a clear violation of the Constitution. Bin Laden may be dead, but the terrorists may well be winning if the US feels obliged to compromise it’s founding principles.

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