By Bob KerreyThe operation that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden has been celebrated by everyone who understands the evil nature of this man, the suffering he caused and the threat he posed to all mankind.
The praise given to President Obama and his national security team is well deserved. The President made the decision knowing that failure was a real possibility. I salute him for this impressive accomplishment.
However, I believe the President made a serious mistake by announcing many details of the operation a year ago. And he compounded the error by enlisting former President Bill Clinton to record a political advertisement suggesting that Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, might not have made the same decision.
This was and is one of those situations where the less said by the President, the better. Before explaining why I feel this way, there are three facts about Abbottabad that deserve some attention.
First, this President has wisely continued President George W. Bush’s policy of declaring that the United States will not grant sanctuary to anyone who organizes acts of violence against us. (Continues)