Some links for today’s WWYD-


Is it ethical to campaign on Osama Bin Laden’s assassination?


Obama Campaign Ad

The criticism from Sen McCain:

Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of Sept. 11 and the killing of Osama Bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. … Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama Bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected. No one disputes that the president deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.

in 2004…

Chair of RNC, Ed Gillespie (one example of many):

So we’re not surprised by this and the fact is once we begin to get to talk about the big choices that are being presented, talk about the record of, for example, Senator Kerry, who has opposed the first Gulf War in 1991, is opposed to the action to remove Saddam Hussein today, voted against the weapons systems necessary to win the war against terror — if his policies were in place, Saddam Hussein would not only be in Baghdad today, he’d still be in Kuwait and we would not be waging an aggressive war against terror. We’d be going back to a time of treating terrorist acts as matters of law enforcement, as he says.

Senator McCain at the 2004 GOP convention held in NYC

McCain, the main speaker on the convention’s opening night, hailed Bush’s courage: “He ordered American forces to Afghanistan and took the fight to our enemies, and away from our shores, seriously injuring al-Qaida and destroying the regime that gave them safe haven. … President Bush made the difficult decision to liberate Iraq. … We need a leader with the experience to make the tough decisions and the resolve to stick with them.”


Bin Laden’s Scalp

It’s wrong to exploit military success for partisan advantage, unless you’re a Republican” By William Saletan.


1) Is it hypocritical of Obama?

2) Of McCain?

3) Is it ethical campaign on military events?  What kind of ethics would you use to determine?




About Jordi

I am an assistant professor in the Management School at Bucknell University. I specialize in organization theory, social networks, and studying the network society. I have three children, including twins. They love bouncing on the couch, legos, music, and my waffles. My wife teaches English at the same university. I am interested in most things, but these days, networks, social entrepreneurs, the environment, innovation, and virtual worlds. Finding Hidden Abodes and Shaking Iron Cages since 1972

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