Do you really think Obama was given a choice on hitting bin Laden?
Imagine the ramifications if he'd said no.
It's sad that we give the vote to people that believe in alien invasions. Compare the timescales between mankind's ability to orbit the planet or send probes to Mars and that of the universe. We've had a 1:95,000,000 chance in meeting life from outside the sloar system.
I find that cross-modal thought-processing works better.