Yesterday, I talked about the real heroes of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Navy SEALS. Now it's time to do what I do best: rhetorically light into Liberal politicians and Media for trying to make it about Obama.
Listen to Obama's speech from Sunday night again. (1) Please take a moment to rewatch that speech. Obama says that he directed the CIA director to make killing or capturing Bin Laden a priority. He makes it sound like it wasn't our longstanding policy since 9/11 (even though it most definitely was). He insinuated that he was changing course. As a matter of fact, he was simply continuing the policies of President George W. Bush. He says that HE put together the team that killed Bin Laden. Yep, it was all Obama. The Navy SEALS were formed in 1962 (2). That detail is of course ignored by the Drive-By Media. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was formed in 1947. Again, that detail is ignored by the Media in an attempt to make Obama look like a big hero.
If you listen to Obama's speech, you hear a lot of "I" and "me." The President wants you to know he is personally responsible for the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Anyone who understands in the inner-workings of the military, and by that I mean if you have an uncle who was in the Air Force twenty years ago, you understand that while the President is indeed the Commander in Chief, you also recognize the President's job in a situation like this is extremely open and shut. You found Bin Laden? Gee, let me think, ummm, kill or capture him? This isn't a difficult strategy or a hard decision. It's extremely simple.
The truth is when President Obama called the CIA director to tell him to focus on finding Bin Laden, I'd bet my right arm that the Director at least thought, if not said, "Of course, sir. We've been doing that to the best of our ability and we will continue to do so." It's just another rhetorical ploy from Obama. Of course the CIA was looking for Bin Laden! Anyone who honestly believes that there was a greater level of seriousness or quality of tactic used under the Obama Administration is of questionable wisdom, and that's me being generous.
Do you want to see what a speech of similar subject that ISN'T packed with narcissism would sound like? Watch George W. Bush's speech announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein. (3) President Bush says that "United States Military forces" captured Saddam. He said this is "a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq," and "the superb work of intelligence analysts," and how "the operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force."
He spoke about Hussein facing justice. He spoke to citizens of Iraq. He does not reference himself AT ALL as the impetus for this action. He doesn't say "I instructed our forces to make the capture of Saddam their top priority." Of course it was a top priority. He didn't need to say it! He credited the soldiers and the intelligence analysts. That's what Obama should have done, but instead he chose to thump his own chest.
How about the media? Let's pretend for a moment that Bin Laden was killed while George W. Bush was President. Do you think the Drive-By Media would consider this such a great success? Or do you think reports would've sounded like this:
Late Sunday night, President Bush reported to the nation that U.S. forces have killed Osama Bin Laden at a compound in Pakistan. At first glance, many considered this to be a great success in the War on Terror. However, many believe that Bin Laden's death is largely symbolic, because Bin Laden has been unable to be more than a figurehead for Al Qaeda since being forced out of Afghanistan in 2002. Additionally, reports that the methods used to ascertain Bin Laden’s location were not in line with the Geneva Accords. Congressman Dick Durban (D) said Monday,
“No one wanted to see Bin Laden face justice more than me. But if we stoop to such deplorable levels to do it, we’re no better than the Al Qaeda.”
When asked to comment, the White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said,
“We have operated within the boundaries of military procedure to ascertain the whereabouts of Bin Laden.”
Does that fictional news report sound at all off base? Or does it sound a lot like the sort of reports we saw when a Republican was President? I didn’t think so.
The Liberal spin machine is cranked up to 11 on this one. They want to paint Obama as somehow unbeatable in 2012. I have a newsflash for you: President George H.W. Bush was supposed to be unbeatable in 1992 after the Gulf War. How’d that work out? The reality is Liberal “conventional wisdom” isn’t wisdom at all. It’s spin. They are trying to convince the solid Conservative Republicans who would mop the floor with Obama in a head to head election to stay out and wait until 2016. This group can be compiled by looking at who the Left has attacked with great veracity (see: Sarah Palin) and those who they claim aren't ready (see: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie).
This is another attempt by the Drive-By Media to convince the old guard Republican Party and additionally themselves that Obama is going to be unbeatable. He won't be at all, and I will delve into that more tomorrow. We have 10% unemployment and $4/gallon gas. Obama is no less beatable today than he was Saturday. There will be a few point bump for a month or so, but the election is eighteen months away. As Conservatives, lets just stay on topic against Obama and keep crediting the people who REALLY deserve credit: the intelligence analysts and the Navy SEALs. They are the heroes. Don't forget it.
(1) President Obama's Speech Announcing the Death of Osama Bin Laden
(2) United States Navy SEALs
(3) George W. Bush: Saddam Captured