Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Worries About Making Bin Laden Operation Political
Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has joined the chorus of concern about the politicization of Osama bin Laden’s killing a year ago Tuesday.
The retired four-star admiral told NBC News that he worries “a great deal” that the bin Laden raid could become a political football this campaign season, although he did not specifically call out President Obama and his campaign for doing so.
“Well, I worry about it, just because it’s the political season,” Adm. Mullen said. “And from my perspective, the president’s support, the decision that he made, and obviously, the result stand alone in terms of the kind of call presidents have to make, and he made it. I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that those individuals who risk their lives — the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I’m hoping that that doesn’t happen.”
With all due respect, Admiral (and as a Navy brat, I can tell you that’s quite a bit of respect), it’s already been made into a political football. And I am pretty sure that it’s going to backfire on Obama.