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Joe Biden Advised Against the Osama Bin Laden Raid

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Jan 31, 2012.

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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Vice President Joe Biden confessed this weekend that he advised President Obama not to launch the mission that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden last spring.During remarks at a Democratic congressional retreat this weekend, Biden explained that when it came time to make the final decision, he had some lingering uncertainties about whether the 9/11 mastermind was in the suspected compound in Pakistan.When the president asked his top advisers for their final opinion on the mission, all of them were hesitant, except for the former CIA director, now Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Biden said.“Every single person in that room hedged their bet except Leon Panetta. Leon said go. Everyone else said, 49, 51,” Biden said, as he offered the unsolicited details of the decision-making process.“He got to me. He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said, ‘You know, I didn’t know we had so many economists around the table.’ I said, ‘We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there,’” Biden recalled.While the vice president did not explain what those two more things were, the next morning the president gave National Security Adviser Tom Donilon the “go” to launch the SEAL raid of the compound.“He knew what was at stake, not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency,” Biden said.

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    punainen-red JF-Expert Member

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    Uongozi... Kufanya maamuzi magumu na kuwa tayari na consequences zake.
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    Newvision JF-Expert Member

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    The boy was smart i.e that was total score
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    Petu Hapa JF-Expert Member

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    If my memory was correct Biden was given a position ot strengthen Obama's position of foreig policy and its relation, with continued challenges on american war on terrorism. One should just wonder, what a time to Biden to declare the capacity of Obama on foreign policy?
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    Deshbhakt Senior Member

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    and 9/11 never happened...???
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    Hofstede JF-Expert Member

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    This was one of those decisions which if you think to lose the presidency you won't take that risk. This was the riskiest thing to do in American politics, If the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is correctly the predictor of trade off between risk and return. I bet that Obama is the US president from Feb 20 2009 to Feb 20 2017. I mean this year's election he will win(high return), ceteris paribus (i.e voters view on Obama remains the same as 2008)

    It is the reason that most influential GOP's presidential contenders decided not to run this year and leave the field to unlikely presidential candidates. It will be like Clinton vs Bob Dole
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    haya ndio maamuzi magumu
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    Guts people,guts...That is what Obama has given the sensitivity of his position.A comprehensive cost-benefit analysis followed by firm decisions.