Sheldon Richman on the Pointless Partisan Squabbling Over Bin Laden's Death


The partisan squabbling over the killing of Osama bin Laden is a typical election-year distraction, writes Sheldon Richman, effectively squelching discussion of more important matters one year after the execution of the al-Qaeda chief executive. Aided by cable-TV talking heads, Americans are spending too much time speculating over whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have given the order to get bin Laden, and also issuing paeans to President Obama's "courage." While the commentators are engaged in trivialities, Richman notes, big foreign-policy questions are ignored.