Billionaire Republican financier David Koch told New York magazine he doesn’t think President Obama “contributed much at all” to the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, and the military and intelligence agencies deserve all the credit.
“[A]ll that Obama did was say ‘yea’ or ‘nay,’ we’re going to take him out or not,” Koch said, while attending the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Spring Ball on Wednesday evening. He went on:
He just made the decision, it was obvious where the guy is. He was one of the worst terrorists organizing attacks on the United States. I mean, no president in his right mind would not approve that decision to go eliminate him. So he’s getting a lot of recognition and his polls have jumped up, but his decision was the easiest of them all. The real hard work was done by the intelligence and the SEALs.
Koch also called Obama a “hardcore socialist” and said “he’s scary to me.”
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