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The bullshit is getting thicker by the second.

May 06, 2011 in Politics

This is really sad. The Republicans have been unable to take Obama’s success at killing Osama bin Laden lying down, and the spasms of anger and frustration have resulted in one bogus attempt after another to reclaim the narrative (as if they’d let Osama’s head on Bush’s fireplace go under the radar…). Latest one: Uppity Barack isn’t thanking George W. Bush, or the armed forces! He thinks he did it all himself! Ugh. It’s almost like Obama thinks he’s president of the United States or something. Some key pieces from Obama’s speech:

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

HE SAID I A LOT!!! Except:

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.

Wait, he’s also saying all this stuff about what other people did…

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

Well, that was wall. Wait-

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work, nor know their names. But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

THIS IS INTERFERING WITH MY NARRATIVE!

The sense of entitlement, where President Obama’s achievement must be accompanied by thanking the president who failed, is kind of staggering. Then again, the same people complaining slapped the burden of Bush’s economy and deficits on Obama on Jan 21, 2009, so, as always, the only correct response to such people is dismissal. The guy who succeeds at a job doesn’t need to thank the previous guy who failed at it. And if any president is least deserving of thanks, it’s George W. Bush, one of the worst presidents this nation has ever faced, who turned the hunt for bin Laden into a double quagmire he left for others to solve, after losing him at Tora Bora.

-hw