May 2, 2012


What else would you call an administration that is so short on accomplishments it has to “mark” the one-year anniversary of the killing of a murderous barbarian?!

Especially since the death of the murderous barbarian came a decade after committing one (albeit, biggest) of many horrific crimes against the U.S. and others. And especially since his murderous brand (i.e., Islamic fundamentalism) continues today unabated, metastasizing and setting up franchises throughout the world, at times retaining the brand name (e.g., al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), at times not.

But the names are of little importance. They’re used by the West to fit their narrative that the enemy is a finite group rather than a widespread ideological movement. Needless to say, the franchises are more than happy to accommodate by co-opting the infamous brand name.

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US President Barack Obama delivers an address to the American people on US policy and
the war in Afghanistan during his visit to Bagram Air Base in Kabul, Afghanistan, 02 May
2012. Reuters / Pool - EPA/Kevin Lamarque / Pool

Yet Obama et al cling to their designated monster, using his killing by brave Navy SEALs as 'ammunition' for their re-election campaign. Jetting off to Afghanistan to mark the one-year anniversary of a monster’s death, using armored vehicles as background scenery and an audience of brave military men and women as props in a speech to the nation, is not only pathetic, but downright distasteful. In fact, distasteful and insulting to those who actually deserve the credit and praise for a job well done.

Aiding and abetting in the exploitation of bin Laden's death are those who, despite knowing better, continue to preface legitimate criticisms of Obama with statements like “yes, President Obama certainly deserves credit/kudos for the killing of Osama bin Laden, but...” or “President Obama deserves credit for making the right choice on taking out Public Enemy No. 1” (see today's "The Path To Bin Laden’s Death Didn’t Start With Obama"). 

Anyone who's read anything about the so-called decision-making process – i.e., the green-lighting of the bin Laden operation (planning for which began long before Mr. Obama was even a twinkle in the national eye, and furthered by the extraordinary work and efforts of others) – or listened to VP Biden's descriptions of it, would know that Obama did little more than jump on an already moving bandwagon (and ensure that Admiral McRaven was poised to serve as designated fall guy, in case of failure). The only thing Obama & co., or rather their political instincts deserve credit for is GETTING OUT OF THE WAY.

Simply put, nothwithstanding the lavish self-praise President Obama tends to heap on himself, Mr. Obama deserves about as much credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden as he does for the writing of the Declaration of Independence.


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Posted by eblanch from Clarksburg, NJ on
Unfortunately for President Obama this type of lowbrow grandstanding has become more the norm instead of a singular incident. As has been demonstrated through his numerous press engagements, the President has taken the liberty of singling himself out for accolades for the decision to kill Bin Laden. In almost schizophrenic fashion, the President presents himself as a man of the military and a man of appeasement to the world. Yet unless adrift at sea for the last three years one should readily understand that the synthetic picture of the President standing before the military and crediting himself for their heroics is more about collecting wads of money at his next campaign fund-raiser.
What President Obama may want to do is limit the importance of killing one man in a global battle against Islamic jihad while devotedly praising the efforts of the military and not “his decision.” So yes, the President has yet again disappointed. Let us hope he is in the twilight of his disappointments.