To quote Monty Python, “and now for something completely different:”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and America’s Bully, Rush Limbaugh, complimented President Obama for giving the order to take out Osama bin Laden.
It was nary a year ago when Cheney kept snarling that the country was not safe “with this president” at the helm.
He didn’t forget to praise the Bush administration for laying the groundwork with the intel, and even tried to justify his favorite pastime of “enhanced interrogation” for playing a key role in killing the world’s most wanted terrorist.
In fact, the Republican talking points on Monday seemed to thank the national security team (definitely) and the Navy Seals (they rock) but not-so-much the president.
OK, so he only gave the order —- he didn’t actually wipe out the S.O.B. Please, people, remember that during WWII, Eisenhower was an architect of D-Day but he didn’t get in the mix and do any fighting.
The skinny guy with the big ears is one helluva commander-in-chief.
And talk about your irony: bin Laden was killed on May 1. Also on this day in history, May 1, 1945, the world learned that Adolf Hitler committed suicide. And on May 1, 2003, George W. Bush showed off on that aircraft carrier with the “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him. Like we could proclaim victory in Iraq. Doh!
This was the real “Mission Accomplished.”
W. was right when he stood in that rubble at ground zero a few days after 9/11 when he said we were going to get the people responsible for doing this.
And so too was the terrific Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she said Monday to those who would mess with our freedom: “You can’t wait us out. You can not defeat us.”
Obama did everything right —- it is said he had three options on how to carry out this mission. The one that succeeded is the operation he gave the OK to.
It’s about time we had some luck on our side.
The politics of all this will come into play soon enough, with the president’s supporters and opponents putting on the boxing gloves.
And poor Fox News will have to retool their fearmongering.
But Obama’s re-election campaign starts today with the slogan: “The man who got bin Laden.”
It wasn’t W., who got the wrong country and the wrong guy who had nothing to do with the attack on our soil.
“It’s a good day for America,” President Obama said Monday.
And not a bad one for humanity either.