December 7, 1941 was declared by President Roosevelt as a “day which will live in infamy.” That day was the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On December 8th, the United States declared war on Japan beginning World War II. Although 9-11 was not declared to be a “day in infamy,” it is for most Americans, alive today, equally infamous. Many school children don’t know what happened on December 7th, but they will have vivid memories of 9-11-01.
Many Americans identified the failure of George W. Bush to locate and kill Osama bin Laden as one of his most egregious failings. While we might have concluded that Bush wasn’t at fault for failing to prevent 9-11 from happening, most Americans felt it was unforgivable that we had not brought the world’s most-wanted terrorist to justice by the end of Bush’s two terms. The families of each of the 2996 victims demanded justice. America demanded justice for the violation of our way of life. George W. Bush took office just 8 months before the attack of 9-11, and although he remained in office for 7 more years, he was never able to bring bin Laden to justice.
During the campaign of 2008, Barack Obama declared that he would take out bin Laden. On May 2, 2011 he kept that promise. The country had waited for almost ten years, but bin Laden was finally dead. As diverse as our political views might be, the need to bring about an end to bin Laden was something upon which all Americans could agree.
As we approach the 2012 election, the Obama campaign has aired a commercial reminding America of the promise of Barack Obama, and his success as the Commander-in-Chief. In that same commercial we are reminded of Romney’s suggestion that the cost of bringing a single terrorist to justice would be too great.
Mitt Romney isn’t unwilling to spend money on the military. In fact, he advocated spending MORE money on the military. He has said that if elected he would build more ships and increase the number of military personell by 100,000. Instead of finding and killing bin Laden, Romney would build more ships and increase the number of soldiers whose lives might be lost. The reality is that Romney’s idea of strategic defense is outdated. If Romney was our Commander-in-Chief we would have more expense, more ships, more troops, and less security. Today, even with the limited ships we have, America is still the world’s unquestioned military leader. Its not just because of the number of ships and aircraft in our arsenal but also because each is stocked with top-of-the-line technology and highly trained personnel.
Thanks to the development of everything from nuclear weapons to drones, comparing today’s military to that of 60 to 100 years ago presents an egregious comparison of apples and oranges. Today’s military and political leaders face real challenges in determining the right mix of assets to deal with current and future threats, but Romney’s glib suggestion that today’s military posture is in any way similar to that of its predecessors in 1917 or 1947 is preposterous. Today’s Air Force can maintain surveillance of the planet with space and air-breathing systems; strike with precision any point on the globe within hours; deploy air power and joint forces with unprecedented speed and agility; and provide high-bandwidth secure communications and navigation assistance to the entire joint force.”Increasingly crucial today are pilot-less aerial vehicles, some of which are more commonly known as drones.
Osama bin Laden wasn’t located or killed because of the sheer number of military personnel involved with the mission. It was the training of a few highly skilled Navy Seals.
Mitt Romney’s idea of cost effective spending might be best illustrated by his recent spending on his campaign. Just to secure the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney has spent $76.6 Million Dollars, which translates into:
$18.50 for each of the 4.1 million votes he won
$126,000 for each of the 607 delegates he won
$1.2 million spent in March on direct mail consulting
$1.1 million spent in March on travel
$391,487 spent in March on catering and facility rentals
$344,843 spent in March on “event consulting”
$871 spent in March on Poland Spring water
Mitt Romney knows how to spend money, but his comments about not wasting money on hunting down one terrorist demonstrated that he is totally removed from the real world. The estimated cost to the United States of the terrorists attacks of 9-11 was TWO TRILLION DOLLARS. Whatever the cost of the Navy Seal incursion, that resulted in the death of bin Laden, it was money well spent. On this, the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, we appreciate the fact that Barack Obama is our Commander-in-Chief. Nothing illustrates the Change we sought in 2008 better than the precision assault by the Navy Seals that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.