I am as pleased and proud as everyone else that President Obama managed to get Osama bin Laden. It was a day America has been looking forward to for nearly a decade now. Obama deserves a great deal of credit for manning up and ordering the kill. But then…
After a photo-op/victory lap at Ground Zero in New York City today where he glad-handed families of 9-11 victims, the President pointedly snubbed Debra Burlingame, sister of the pilot of the plane which crashed into the Pentagon.
Ms. Burlingame met with the President briefly, congratulated him on his achievement, and then asked him about whether he would suggest to his Attorney General, Eric Holder, that Mr. Holder cease the prosecution of the CIA interrogators who gleaned vital intelligence which ultimately contributed to the finding of Osama bin Laden. In her words:
“As a former attorney I know you can’t tell the Attorney General what to do, he said, ‘No, I can’t.’ And I said, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving your opinion. After all, we wouldn’t be here celebrating today if they hadn’t done their job. And they have the hammer of a possible indictment over their head. Can’t you at least give him your opinion?’ And he said ‘No I won’t,’ and he turned around and walked away.” [Video at the link above]
Or as Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal said in an opinion piece today,
“…[L]et us pause to remember some of this celebrated event’s most forgotten men: the Central Intelligence Agency officers who sit under the cloud of a criminal investigation begun in 2009 by Attorney General Eric Holder into their interrogations of captured terrorists.
“That’s right, the Americans whose interrogation of al Qaeda operatives may have put in motion the death of this mass murderer may themselves face prosecution by the country they were trying to protect.
“It is time for the Holder CIA investigation to end. The death of bin Laden 10 years after 9/11 makes the Holder investigation of the CIA interrogators politically, emotionally and morally moot.
“But it lives.”
What are the chances that Obama will order Holder to drop the investigation into the very people who ensured his success on Sunday?
My guesses: slim, and none.