The Daily Mail reports that some current and former US Navy SEALs are criticizing President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden in his campaign for re-election (video below).
While Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has called it one of the "most gutsy decision made by a U.S. president," Ryan Zinke, a former a SEAL and current Republican state senator in Montana, said: "The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it, but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call."
However, President Bush nixed a similar plan during his term because of fears of offending Pakistan.
Zinke added: "I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice - it was a broader team effort ‘The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable."
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Zinke made no mention that President Bush used the capture of Saddam Hussein in his political ads.
Chris Kyle, a former navy SEAL, also downplayed the killing of Bin laden, who was the mastermind behind the murder of over 3,000 Americans: "The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it. But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot."
"In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe."
An unnamed Navy SEAL also attacked the president for using BiN laden's death in the ad.
The Daily Mail does not report how or why these SEALS have suddenly come forward in unison, prompting some to suspect a Swiftboat-like attack, such as the one used against Sen. John Kerry in 2004.