God bless our military, intelligence, operations and political leaders who spent more than fifteen years studying, tracking and finally killing Osama bin Laden. (Yes, we’ve been trying to kill him since long before 9/11.) It warmed my red-blooded American heart to learn that he had been shot in the face after living in fear and seclusion for God only knows how long.
That was one year ago. Now the Geronimo mission is being used as a political point-scoring machine.
More than a few people on the right (and quite a few on the left) are condemning Obama for “spiking the football” by going to Afghanistan to give another speech about the death of Osama bin Laden. I’m okay with it for several reasons. First, bin Laden is dead, we killed him, and that’s a glorious thing for America. Secondly, by forcing Obama to play the OBL card this early in the election cycle, by the time November gets here, it won’t matter nearly as much.
The economy is still slowly getting worse (so much so that radically-liberal Paul Krugman says we are in a depression), unemployment is stubbornly high and prices are significantly above where they were the day Obama took office. That will be the issue in November, and bin Laden will still be dead.
If Bush had gotten bin Laden in 2003 and flown to Afghanistan to give a campaign speech in 2004, liberals, the media and specifically Obama would most certainly have been screaming about Bush politicizing the mission and using it to score campaign points. Everyone knows Obama is only doing this to boost his electoral chances, but that doesn’t bother me.
If the President of the United States of America wants to give a speech right next door to those radically Islamic nutjobs in Pakistan, and rub their noses in the fact that we American infidels killed bin Laden deep inside their country and brag about the success of our Hellfire-armed infidel drones that are stalking the skies of Pakistan with impunity, I’m all for it.
I openly admit that our side often does the same thing we condemn the other side for doing. That’s part of the political game. The thing is, though, I have never ever had a liberal admit the same to me. For instance – what happened to all of the war protestors once Obama was elected? I guess they really weren’t so much against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as they were against the idea of a Republican in the White House. The same thing applies to Guantanamo Bay, renditions, drone strikes, military tribunals and almost every other aspect of Bush’s war on terror that Obama condemned as a candidate and expanded as the President.
Obama even ordered the assassination of an American citizen without a trial. No one will argue that New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki didn’t deserve to die for taking up arms against his country, but what would Obama and the left (and the media) have said if Bush had ordered the exact same action? There would have been a collective melt-down in this country, driven from the left. Obama does it, and no one bats an eyelid. The hypocrisy is absolutely breathtaking.
Both sides will attack the other for political gain on things that they let slide when their own side does it. That is simply politics.
Why does it bother liberals now that the same tactics used for 8 years against Bush are being used against Obama?