The Democrats are predictably politicizing the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Even more predictably, they are using it as an opportunity to jump on George W. Bush. I’m not surprised: These are people who politicize light bulbs and would blame the former president for Cancer and Rebecca Black’s song “Friday” if they could. I am hearing pundits say things like, “Obama succeeded where Bush failed.” Or “Bush was too stupid to find Bin Laden” as if it’s part of an IQ test.
The killing of Bin Laden happened during Obama’s reign, and he deserves congratulations, but I think that it’s obvious that Obama benefited greatly from Bush’s decisions. He benefited from Bush’s intelligence gathering and from his “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Bush changed the dynamic of responses to terrorist attacks from the law enforcement paradigm of the Clinton administration to what it should be: A military response. Without Bush’s policies, there would be no death of Bin Laden or even locating of Bin Laden. I can prove this point even more succinctly than Obama can prove the death of Bin Laden (shout out to the “Deathers!”): let’s look at Obama’s past international engagements. For example, the BP oil spill that lasted so long without him even mentioning it that even Keith Olbermann started to get offended.
The grand failure of The Chicago Olympics – which was such a sure thing, Oprah helped out but still he failed.
He also recently worked with NATO to grandly fail in the killing of Quadaffi. He killed Quadaffi’s son and grandchildren while missing Quadaffi entirely – a man who has not even tried to hide his location and dresses more tackily than Spike Lee at a Knick’s game. Lady Gaga recently told Qadaffi to tone it down. Can you say L-O-U-D! We even know where Qadaffi lives: He’s not even bothering to hide. And we can’t take him down with an ultra-precise Tomahawk cruise missile?
But Obama could find Bin Laden, the most well hidden man in the world? Let’s look at the differences between Obama’s past failures and this grand success; first, the objective was clear; second, it was effective; third, he did not wait for international approval; and, lastly, there was a clear ideology underlying the action that a foreign terrorist was not a victim, but in fact an evildoer deserving of death. And it worked. I’ll put it this way: if I have a student who is getting D’s and suddenly gets an A++, I get a wee tad suspicious of cheating. If Obama was taking the SAT’s I would say he was definitely looking over George W Bush’s shoulder on that one – but we will never know Obama’s SAT score. It would therefore be a bit classy of Obama to give Bush credit, not just because it is the truth but because it is so darned obvious.