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A Sense of Proportion?

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Oct 23, 2012 at 10:07

I'm a little surprised that Daniel Pipes would offer anything but undiluted praise for Obama's administration and the Navy Seals killing bin Laden, and doing it in such a manner that rebuked Pakistan for harboring him for years and making it crystal clear that he was in fact killed (which wouldn't have been as certain and 'clean' if his compound had been been bombed and civilian family members slaughtered).

As for Obama's undoubted serious mistakes in Libya regarding Bengahzi, I am nevertheless not comfortable with Republicans criticizing this, because I remain convinced that if George Bush had not been lax and inattentive regarding el-Qaeda after he took office in January, we would not have had 3,000 people murdered in September, an epic incompetence for which he has never been held accountable.

The four deaths were terrible, the 3,000 deaths ....... much more so. And if the latter had not happened, we might not have been compelled to invade Afghanistan, and we certainly wouldn't have had the adventurism of going into Iraq, thereby giving Iran a strategic victory for which we are still paying the consequences.

Ron Thompson

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I was glad to see Osama bin Laden executed but I saw it as a symbolic act rather than a grand achievement of U.S. foreign policy. The Benghazi attack shows just how minor an event it was. That Obama has made this execution the centerpiece of his administration's accomplishments highlights its lack of accomplishments - precisely what I criticized in my analysis of the debate.

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