President Barack Obama will make a televised address to the nation tonight from Afghanistan. Watch Lou Dobbs Tonight on the FOX Business Network to watch President Obama's speech at 7:30 p.m. Eastern from Bagram airbase. Obama made the trip to Kabul to sign a strategic agreement with President Karzai.
Conveniently, the President will likely have a stay from brewing criticism of remarks he made yesterday, challenging his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney as to whether or not he would have pursued and executed Osama bin Laden.
Those remarks and a seven minute video released by the campaign last week are being met with harsh criticism from both lawmakers as well as current and former SEAL team members.
Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, told the DailyMail: '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.
'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.'
Mr Zinke, who is now a Republican state senator in Montana, added that MR Obama was exploiting bin Laden's death for his re-election bid. 'The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.'
Bush Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is also expressing his outrage over the president's remarks. Rumsfeld tweeting, "The special operators who have every right to "spike the football" are too professional to do so. The White House might follow their lead."
And Senator John McCain (R-AZ) appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday had this to say.
"I say any president, Jimmy Carter, anybody, any president would have obviously under those circumstances done the same thing. And to now take credit for something that any president would do is indicative of the kind of campaign we're under -- we're seeing.
Let me also point out this is the same president that said the surge wouldn't work in Iraq and did everything to stop it. This is the same president that, when one and a half million people were demonstrating in the streets of Tehran, chanting, "Obama, Obama, are you with us or are you with them?" He refused to say a word on their behalf.
And this is the same president that now 10,000 innocent people have been slaughtered in Syria and he sets up an atrocities board. A board? I'm not making that up. A board on atrocities?
So all I can say is that this is going to be a very rough campaign. And I've had the great honor of serving in the company of heroes. And you know the thing about heroes? They don't brag."