From the Vice President at a fundraiser in New Jersey, these quotes have come out of pool reports:
You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there.
With all due respect to our SEAL brethren, I only had to go back a few decades to the Son Tay raid. So I’ll write the VP’s remark off as the typical hubris and hyperbole of politics and the usual historic ignorance (see Rutherford B. Hayes) this crew displays fairly routinely(“D-day? No biggie”). No real surprise there.
But, then this – and by the way, this is what all the hubris and hyperbole were leading up too:
Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?
That’s right … politics. This is an attempt to equate saying “yes” to the raid while sitting in a room in DC to the courage necessary to execute the raid. That supposedly risking your political future is akin to actually risking your life in the raid. This is an attempt to frame a decision that really wasn’t very tough at all into an agonizing, courageous and risky choice.
This guy is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.
Two points. “This guy” didn’t risk anything. My guess is had the raid failed, we’d never have heard about it in terms of an attempt to get ‘bin Laden’. In fact, we’d likely have only heard of it as an attempt to get a “high level” al Qaeda operative, if that. And, there was no real decision to be made and most Americans know it. The only bad choice he could have made was to not go after him, learn later he was there and have that information go public.
THEN he’d have been a one-term president. THEN he would have actually risked something.
Oh and finally:
“Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” he said, according to the pool report. “Think about it.”
I have. Trust me.