Safe to say Obama’s decision to overtly politicize Bin Laden’s killing has been an epic failure.

(Politico) — Adm. Mike Mullen has told NBC News that he worries “a great deal” that the Osama bin Laden raid could be overly politicized in 2012 campaign season.

The interview, part of NBC News’s special Rock Center episode pegged to the anniversary of bin Laden’s death, was previewed on NBC Nightly News tonight.

“Well, I worry about it, just because it’s the political season,” Adm. Mullen tells Williams. “And from my perspective, the president’s support, the decision that he made, and obviously, the result stand alone in terms of the kind of call presidents have to make and he made it. I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that those individuals who risk their lives–the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I’m hoping that that doesn’t happen.”

But the interview comes amid criticism from many on the Republican side, in the media, and even among Navy SEALs that the Obama campaign has already overly politicized the president’s historic achievement. Earlier today, Mitt Romney rebuffed a recent Obama campaign ad suggesting that the former Massachusetts governor would not have given the order to execute bin Laden.