Critical thinking is equally important in the political realm as it is elsewhere. A recent video by “OPSEC” has been put up called Dishonerable Disclosures. In it they make the argument that president Obama posed a security risk through the early announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death, by compromising whatever intel that was collected in the raid which took place on the Bin Laden compound. Here is the video:
There are some problems with the video. At around 6:33, Ben Smith says “President Obama, you did not kill Osama Bin Laden”. They are attempting to give the impression that Obama took credit for Bin Laden’s death, when in reality all Obama said was that he directed the mission. This is not the same as saying that one is taking credit for killing Bin Laden and the makers of the video were wrong to assume so. Even worse, this is not at all controversial, given that the president in the U.S. holds the title of “commander in chief”. The second problem is, when “Simon” appears, his face is not completely darkened and his face is still visible, which in itself constitutes a breach in anonymity which the makers of the video were attempting to provide. Thirdly, near the end of the video you can slightly hear Simon’s voice regardless of the voice mask. About the only thing I agree with in the video is that it was not very wise for Obama to announce the death so early. However the point could have been made in a more efficient manner than this video.