In a letter to the editor in the Wednesday (Dec. 19) issue of the Bee-Picayune, Mr. Cipriano Carabajal Perez, the contributor, said the following:
“I stand with what I said that credit should have been given to President Obama for the capture of (Osama) bin Laden as credit was given to President Bush for the capture of Saddam Hussein, which led to victory in his re-election. I never said that credit shouldn’t go to the Navy SEALs; I said not all the credit. I didn’t think there would be anyone so stupid to think otherwise. No president goes to war. They give the orders, and without his orders, the military can’t attack.”
Well, as usual, he’s wrong.
First, the Republicans have been giving Barack Hussein Obama credit for the capture of Osama bin Laden, but the Democrats have been refusing to reciprocate; they have been refusing to give George W. Bush the credit he deserves for establishing the interrogation program by which the intelligence community secured the information which led them to Osama bin Laden.
Second, Bush didn’t receive any credit for the capture of Saddam Hussein, not from anybody, certainly not from the Democrats. He received condemnation, not credit. He’s still being condemned today.
Third, yes, Obama deserves credit for the capture and killing of Bin Laden, some credit but certainly not most of the credit.
In my opinion, the credit should be divided into thirds – one-third should go to Bush, one-third to Obama and the other to the SEALs.
Finally, yes, the commander-in-chief gives the orders, and without his orders, the military can’t attack, but it is also true that without the military, the commander-in-chief can’t order anybody into war, so neither party is more or less important than the other.
Mr. Perez is a good man, and he means well, but he has been misinformed and misled by the liberal media.
Alfredo Acuna Garcia Jr.