This isn’t just some political statement Mullen is making here. He’s serious when he says that he doesn’t want to see those that put their lives on the line to get Bin Laden ‘spun’ into election politics:
I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that this individuals who risked their lives, the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I’m hoping that doesn’t happen.
Brian Williams adds that Mullen also stated that the special forces who took out Bin Laden weren’t thinking about politics, they were thinking about the mission.