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Retired General: Don't Credit Obama Too Much for bin Laden

Thursday, 12 May 2011 03:41 PM

By Andra Varin and Kathleen Walter

The killing of Osama bin Laden is a great feat for the U.S. Navy SEALs, but its overcall significance is being “overblown” and it certainly won’t end the war on terror, retired Brig. Gen. Albin Irzyk told Newsmax.TV.

Irzyk, who served in World War II and the Vietnam War, said the May 1-2 operation in which bin Laden was executed was a “very, very meaningful mission,” but he cautioned against exaggerating its importance politically.

“I think we’ve overblown it,” Irzyk said. “He’s one individual and yes, apparently he was the mastermind of the 9/11 operations . . . [But] as time went on, I think his effectiveness had abated.”

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“The fact that he is dead now is not going to change the war on terror,” said Irzyk, author of the new book, “A Warrior’s Quilt of Personal Military History.”

The highly decorated veteran said President Barack Obama should be given credit for making the decision to order the raid but that other presidents have had to make much tougher calls that had much greater impact on the world.

“It’s the first decision he’s made as president. In his background, he’s never had to make a serious decision,” Irzyk said.

“He made a great decision, but it’s not earthshaking. Truman and the atomic bombing — that was an earthshaking decision. What about Eisenhower kicking off the Normandy invasion — that was an earthshaking decision.”

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