Do you think the Republicans would be politicizing the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden right now if that had been a failure? Ha, ha, you’re darn right they would be politicizing it. And the failure would be ALL President Barack Obama’s fault, rather that Seal Team 6′s.
But the fact that it was a success means the Navy Seals deserve all of the credit. The President deserves none, they say. And if he mentions the greatest military success of his administration, in the context of his campaign for re-election, he is damned for it.
Funny, because it used to be patriotic to use the “war on terror” for political capital. And it still is but only when the GOP does it. Let a Democrat try it and Republicans fall all over themselves with indignation. As the video below from Talking Points Memo so aptly points out.