With the confirmation of the fatal shooting of al-Qaida founder and leader Osama bin Laden in a U.S. clandestine mission early Sunday morning in Pakistan, a number of politicos are weighing in on President Obama’s Friday morning order to take out the man known as the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
Appearing on MSNBC Monday morning, Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn credited the brave fighters for the precision with which the 40-minute mission was carried out. Clyburn says the mission also gives insight on President Obama’s leadership style. Clyburn points to the fact that the President chose a “surgical strike.”
Bombing the compound, which was an option, is just not the way the President does things. He’s very precise in his deliberations, very precise in carrying out various operations.
U.S. intelligence discovered that bin Laden and other family members were living in a compound 35 miles north of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. After American forces took possession of bin Laden’s body, it was given a burial at sea.
In his late Sunday night address announcing bin Laden’s death, President Obama said, “We shared our intelligence on this bin Laden compound with no other country, including Pakistan. That was for one reason and one reason alone: We believed it was essential to the security of the operation and our personnel. In fact, only a very small group of people inside our own government knew of this operation in advance”. Obama acknowledged that Pakistan has been cooperative with the U.S. in the search for bin Laden. Clyburn remain skeptical.
I’ve been to Pakistan and I can tell you interacting over there, I never got a good feel that I was dealing with honest brokers. I hope what the President said last night about Pakistan is very accurate. I want that to be the case.
Clyburn says the mission to take down bin Laden actually predates the 9/11 attacks.
9/11 occurred in 2001 the year after President (George W.) Bush took office. But so much of our problems with bin Laden and al-Qaida predate even President Bush. So I would say this has been a longer effort than even the 10 years since 9/11.