One of the great ironies of this presidential campaign is that President Obama, who won election in 2008 in part due to his promise to reverse his predecessor George W. Bush’s militaristic foreign policy, is now trumpeting his aggressive war on terrorism. As I’ve documented in previous posts, Obama has adopted and in some cases expanded on many of Bush’s foreign policy precedents, including an increased reliance on drone strikes, even when it involves violating other states’ national sovereignty or targeting American citizens. The centerpiece of this campaign, of course, is Obama’s decision to send the Navy Seals into Pakistan to assassinate Osama Bin Laden. As the following pictures indicate, the decision to send the Seals into Pakistan to kill Bin Laden was fraught with tension.
Remember that 3 a.m. phone call? Obama handled it, but Hillary was listening in.
What many people don’t realize is how involved Vice President Joe Biden was in training the Seals. Here he is giving pointers to some recent recruits. Note how comfortable he is handling his assault rifle!
Looking at these pictures, you can understand why our Navy Seals are willing to put their life on the line for our country. Joe is one inspirational dude!
Joe Biden. He’s high-fiving America. (Hat tip to Kate Hamilton).
I should probably clarify that these pictures come from the Vice President’s annual beach bash.
Reportedly, the event is a lot of fun for the kids and VP too. Go get ‘em Joe!