It was just about a year ago that U.S. Navy SEALs successfully conducted a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan that brought a measure of “final justice” to the terrorist leader. It’s hard to forget the sense of relief that brought, bringing with it a needed sense of closure to a country still suffering the wounds his al Qaeda terrorist organization inflicted on Sept. 11, 2001.
It’s hard to forget the measured response from the president, from former President George W. Bush, and other national leaders—all of whom seemed to eschew the sense of triumphalism best expressed by the students from nearby George Washington University who, the night the news of the raid broke, occupied Lafayette Park across the street from the White House chanting, “Obama got Osama!” over and over and over again.
What a difference a year makes. Now Obama’s presidential campaign is trying to make political hay out of the whole business by releasing a web video that questions whether former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, were he the commander in chief, would have given the order for the raid to go ahead.