Today is the five-year anniversary of the raid that brought down Osama bin Laden the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks. It is inarguably the greatest achievement of the Obama era.
Lt. General Tom McInerney (retired) claims that Leon Panetta actually made the call to go after bin Laden, while other reports indicate that the President cancelled the mission three times prior to finally pulling it off. Still, Obama did manage to get him.
National Review’s Jim Geraghty gently reminds those salivating over Obama’s lone accomplishment, that his biggest failure should also weigh heavily in our minds.
Of 150+ perpetrators who carried out the terror attacks in Benghazi, only one person has been captured.
Via Geraghty’s Morning Jolt newsletter:
There’s another moment that is increasingly forgotten, despite the impassioned pledges that justice would prevail.
President Obama, September 13, 2012: “Make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people [in Benghazi].”
Obama, October 26, 2012: “My biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice and I think the American people have seen that’s a commitment I’ll always keep.”
Obama, June 2014: “It’s important for us to send a message to the world: that when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.”
That 2014 comment came after the capture of Ansar al-Sharia commander Ahmed Abu Khattala, accused of being one of the masterminds of the Benghazi attacks. Khattala is the only figure arrested or killed in response to the attacks; there were about 150 perpetrators. It’s been three years and nearly eight months since the attacks.
Leading up to the 2012 election, Democrats brazenly claimed “what voters care about, they may not care about Benghazi, but they care about Bin Laden.”
Let’s hope they’re not right.