Friday, May 20, 2011

Osama Kill Call Gutsy or No Brainer?

"American voters are evenly divided over how tough a decision it was for President Barack Obama to order a Navy Seal raid on Usama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound this month.

In fact, while 48 percent of voters think signing off on the raid was a “gutsy move” by Obama, some 49 percent think it was a “no-brainer” decision any president would have made under the circumstances.

By two-to-one Democrats are more likely to think the decision to go after bin Laden was a gutsy move (65-33 percent). For Republicans it’s the reverse -- they are more than twice as likely to call it a no-brainer (69-28 percent).

Independent voters are more likely to say it wasn’t such a big deal than to see it as a gutsy call (52-43 percent)." (source)

Here's another poll that can't be answered without an addendum, much like the "is the country headed in the wrong direction" poll. A Conservative would say we are headed in the wrong direction because we're spiraling toward socialism. A Liberal would give the same answer but because Obama was caving on GITMO, drilling, etc. So if there's no consensus on what the correct direction is, what is the use of the polling information?

The call to kill Osama is a no brainer if you're Bush or McCain...or me. The call to kill Osama is gutsy if your an anti-war, left wing President that campaigned against all the methods of intelligence that led to the opportunity to make that call.

So, I stick with my original verdict: Obama was gutsy.

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