i just wrote an article for the school newspaper about the death of bin laden, what do you guys think?
The Political Courage of Barack Obama
When President Barack Obama decided to send in American troops deep into Pakistan in a sting operation to kill Osama bin Laden, there was only one good possible outcome: the death of the leader of al-Qaida. Any other outcome would be disastrous. American soldiers could be killed in vain. America could be accused of violating Pakistan’s sovreignty. Bin Laden could escape. A single mistake could have been the end of President Obama’s political career, assuring his loss of the 2012 Presidential election while further soiling America’s reputation overseas.
This was not a risk the President had to take. He had the 2012 election all but wrapped up with the Republican Party in disarray and their leading candidate a reality television star. Obama could have played it safe and taken the second term without taking the risk of going after the terrorist responsible for the September 11th attacks that claimed the lives of 3,000 American civilians. He could have done what almost any other politician would have done in his situation and protected himself. None of his peers would have blamed him for not taking the risk.
But President Obama took that risk. He promised in the 2008 campaign that he would take a chance at bin Laden even if he had to send troops to Pakistan to get him, and he was going to keep that promise.
It took eight months of careful planning with the armed forces, but on May 1st, 2011, six months shy of the ten year anniversary of September 11th, President Barack Obama told the nation that United States Armed Forces had, “killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
The political consequences be damned, President Obama took a huge risk in ordering this operation. Had he not taken the risk, he would have cruised to another election. Had the operation been a failure, he would have lost the next election in a landslide. However, the United States killed Osama bin Laden because of the political courage of its president, whose leadership should be an example to all future politicians who must learn that for America to be the ideal country we want it to be, its leaders must forget about political consequences and do what is truly right for its people.
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