Why is President Obama reluctant to give credit where credit is due? It was President Bush who rallied America with the promise to seek and destroy Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaida. It was President Bush who initiated the war in Afghanistan. The talking heads act astounded at the intrepidity of President Obama for simply giving the go ahead for the mission to kill Bin Laden. They say it could have been his ‘Bay of Pigs’ or his ‘Iran Hostage Situation’ should things have gone badly. With all the months of research, quality surveillance & intel, wasn’t it a no-brainer to give the green light? If anyone wants to compare cojones on decision making, President Bush would win, hands down. Talk about a risk: to invade another country and start a war (Libya doesn’t count because apparently, we are not at war there) takes guts. President Bush knew that there was a great probability that he would not catch Osama Bin Laden quickly, but he knew that the training camps in Afghanistan were a major threat to U.S. security. He knew that he would probably not have a ‘trophy’ at the end of it. Yet he acted on his beliefs and he did what he thought was best for the U.S. Peace loving liberals tore him apart. Further, attacking Iraq took even more guts. Whatever anyone wants to say, he didn’t go into Iraq for oil. To this day, we have not had one drop of cheap oil from Iraq. President Bush wanted to install a democratic, capitalistic Muslim Arab nation in the Middle East in the style recommended by Thomas Friedman in his book, “Longitudes and Attitudes”. He knew his WMD excuse was thin- and he knew he was taking significant risks to his political career by going in if WMDs were not actually found. He was hoping for a quick victory, a good response from the Iraqis and the discovery of WMD to cover his political backside in the aftermath. He did not get those things, and he was irreversibly damaged by it. But he knew that the only way to fight one idea (i.e., that democratic, capitalistic and free societies were essentially evil and from Satan) with another idea (i.e., that even good faith Arab Muslims could successfully enjoy the fruits of democracy and capitalism without sacrificing their beliefs.) In essence, he could help us win the battle of ideas with Al-Qaida and remove their number one recruitment tool. That, my friends, took real intrepidity and personal courage.
Big deal that Obama gave the green light! Who wouldn’t? To nab the master mind of 9/11 can only be seen as a huge political win- especially before election season.
Were it not for President Bush, Guantanamo Bay and enhanced interrogation, Obama would not have had this opportunity for glory at all. The all important identity of Bin Laden’s courier was gathered years ago under President Bush and with his policies at Guantanamo Bay. It was by tracking this very courier that we were able to find Bin Laden. To play this fact down as Jay Carney, John Brennan and Dan Gerstein is downright disingenuous. To tell us to ‘not look backward’ is laughable. Of course there was other intel gathered- but how can anyone say that this piece of evidence gathered at Guantanamo (the courier’s identity) was not pivotal in finding Bin Laden?
Dan Gerstein and others are calling us all to not look backward, but only forward- because liberals hate giving credit to President Bush. They will glady reach for the past to use President Bush the boogy man for all the Obama-created failures, but when it comes to a success, they urge, “Don’t look backward!”. Very convenient. President Bush, Guantanamo Bay, and enhanced interrogation methods should be given major credit in the capture of Osama Bin Laden. To fail to do so is just hypocritical politics by President Obama and his administration yet once again. Just like the liberals, I take glee in looking backward to President Bush.