How dare Obama brag about taking out bin Laden!

The Republicans who say it’s bad form for President Obama to seek political gain for having given the order to kill Osama bin Laden seem to forget that George W. Bush strutted about the deck of an aircraft carrier nine years ago in a grossly premature celebration of “Mission Accomplished” in the war in Iraq.

The toll of U.S. military casualties in Iraq at the time of Bush’s posturing stood at 139 killed and 542 wounded. More than 4,000 deaths and 31,000 non-fatal injuries were yet to come.

And when Bush and his surrogates subsequently used the Iraq war as a political issue in his campaign for re-election in 2004, there will still thousands more U.S. military deaths and injuries yet to come.

Nor did the Bush re-election effort shy from exploiting the Sept. 11 tragedy in campaign ads, despite objections from the families of victims.

By comparison, nothing the Obama camp is saying about last year’s liquidation of Osama bin Laden comes even close to the crass politicization of Sept. 11 and the war in Iraq by Bush and his operatives.

Therefore, today’s breed of pseudo-patriotic — and conveniently forgetful — Republicans should spare us their selective outrage.

FOOTNOTE: Notice, please, the TelePrompTer in the photo of Bush celebrating “Mission Accomplished.”

Gee, I thought Barack Obama was the first president to ever use one of those things.

I suppose the next thing we’ll hear is that every president since Dwight Eisenhower has used them.



  1. Hmmm, where to start. First, Bush has been out of office for three years…let it go already! But W celebrated victory that a free Iraq was certain. Obama didn’t kill a leader of a country, but a movement. A movement that still attacks Americans abroad and domestically to this day. I’m glad that Obama killed Bin Laden and he deserves credit for it. Bush did not use Iraq as a campaign point. Obama has resorted to doing what he said he would not do (surprise) by not grandstanding. Obama is a fake, clueless or a liar pure and simple. My guess is that he is master of all three.

  2. Nothing will be accomplished until Bush and his sidekick pay a visit to The Hague.

  3. Jim Hefner

    “Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  4. expdoc

    Steverino has given up already?

  5. expdoc

    Here Stevo,

    Read this.


    A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.
    ‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’
    Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it.
    ‘But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.
    ‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’


    A former intelligence official who was serving in the US government when bin Laden was killed said that the Obama administration knew about the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts in October 2010 but delayed taking action and risked letting him escape.
    ‘In the end, Obama was forced to make a decision and do it. He knew that if he didn’t do it the political risks in not taking action were huge. Mitt Romney would have made the call but he would have made it earlier – as would George W. Bush.’
    Brandon Webb, a former SEAL who spent 13 years on active duty and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said: ‘Bush should get partial credit for putting the system in place.
    ‘Obama inherited a very robust package with regards to special ops and the intelligence community. But Obama deserves credit because he got bin Laden – you can’t take that away from him.
    ‘My friends that work in Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that have been on video teleconferences with Obama on these kill or capture situations say that Obama has no issue whatsoever with making decisions and typically it’s kill. He’s hitting the kill button every time. I have a lot of respect for him for that.’
    But he said that many SEALs were dismayed about the amount of publicity the Obama administration had generated about SEAL Team Six, the very existence of which is highly classified.
    ‘The majority of the SEALs I know are really proud of the operation but it does become “OK, enough is enough – we’re ready to get back to work and step out of the limelight.” They don’t want to be continuously paraded around a global audience like a show dog.
    ‘Obama has a very good relationship with the Special Operations community at large, especially the SEALs, and it’s nice to see. We had the same relationship with George W. Bush when he was president.’
    It was ‘stretching a little much’ for Mr Obama to suggest only he would have made the decision. ‘I personally I don’t think Romney would have any problem making tough decisions. He got a very accomplished record of making decision as a business professional.

  6. doc: The stuff you’re quoting ignores several salient facts.

    It’s ridiculous to claim that any president would have done as Obama did in the bin Laden case. For one thing, some members of Obama’s national security team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, were opposed to the mission. A different president might have heeded those misgivings and canceled the plan.

    Moreover, everything Mitt Romney said before this mission indicates that he would not have issued the order. After all, he had categorically stated that he was opposed to violating Pakistani sovereignty to go after bin Laden. His remarks on that score were unequivocal.

    Your pathological Obamaphobia is showing again, doc. You just can stand the thought that this president made a gutsy call.

  7. monkey

    Let’s face it, if this had been a disastrous operation and SEALS had been killed and Osama had gotten away, the GOP would have been pounding this drum for months about incompetent leadership and poor execution. They’d probably cut TV ads as well. Soooooo, why is it wrong to celebrate a successful mission such as this?

  8. expdoc

    Really Pat?

    Where did I say I can’t stand the fact that Obama made a gutsy call on killing Bin Laden?

    You don’t like it so much when an opposing viewpoint is presented do ya?

  9. expdoc


    The mission was one year ago. The celebration was one year ago. What the SEALS in the article are claiming is that it is wrong to use the success of that mission in a political ad. They also feel it was wrong for the Obama administration to “out” Seal Team 6 as they did.

  10. doc: Was it also wrong of George W. Bush, who never saw military combat, to strut around the deck of an aircraft carrier wearing a flight suit in a premature celebration of U.S. success in Iraq?

    You have yet to find fault with that kind of stuff. But then, why am I not surprised?

  11. expdoc

    I haven’t found fault with either of them.

    I have found fault with you and all of your hypocritical liberal buddies who chided Bush for his response and defend Obama for his.

    But then, why am I not surprised?

  12. Timmy: That heroic “member of the brightest,” as you call him, studiously avoided service in Vietnam. He was a chickenhawk — that is, he was in favor of the Vietnam War, as long as he didn’t have to go.

    When Bush signed up for the Texas Air National Guard in 1968, one of the questions he had to answer on his application forms was whether he wanted to go overseas. He checked the box that said: “DO NOT VOLUNTEER.”

  13. expdoc

    Here is another interesting editorial on the topic.


    While contemplating how the killing of bin Laden reflects on the president, consider the way he emphasized his own role in the hazardous mission accomplished by SEAL Team 6:

    “I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority . . . even as I continued our broader effort. . . . Then, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community I was briefed . . . I met repeatedly with my national security team . . . And finally last week I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at my direction . . .”

    That seems a jarring formulation coming from a man who, when first elected, was asked which president he would model himself on and replied, Lincoln.

    Abraham Lincoln, on the night after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender ended the Civil War, delivered from the window of the White House a speech that mentioned his own achievements not at all, but instead looked forward to the difficulties of reconstruction and called for black suffrage—a call that would doom him because the audience outside the White House included a man who muttered that Lincoln had just delivered his last speech. It was John Wilkes Booth.

    The man from whom President Obama has sought incessantly to distance himself, George W. Bush, also had occasion during his presidency to announce to the nation a triumph of intelligence: the capture of Saddam Hussein. He called that success “a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq.” He attributed it to “the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers. . . . Their work continues, and so do the risks.”

    e did mention himself at the end: “Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them.”

    That is not to say that great leaders, including presidents, have not placed themselves at the center of great events. But generally it has been to accept responsibility for failure.

  14. Poor doc! You and your nutcase friends in the Murdoch media are just so pissed off about this whole thing, aren’t you?

    The party of manly men has been checkmated on national security by a damn Democrat! It’s just not fair! The world isn’t supposed to be like this! These Democrats are supposed to be weenies!

  15. expdoc

    Pissed off?

    Hardly so. If you think I am pissed off, you seriously need to get a life.

    I think it is amusing to watch Obama do what he chided Bush for doing after following the tactics Bush followed and using the resources that Bush put in place.

    Simply awesome.

    Amusing because I am sure that it burns Obama to know that he has almost no other accomplishment to trumpet prior to the November elections.

    I wonder how many times he can “spike the football” between now and then to try and gain support of the all important independent voter? When will they get tired of it?

    He certainly can’t be doing it to fire up his liberal base, after all, they were the ones who thought we should be quiet about our accomplishments in the war on terror, lest we offend our Islamic fundamentalist enemies. They are probably just getting organized for the massive protests they will stage at every Obama campaign stop in order to decry Obama’s killing of a man who was not allowed a fair trial in an American court and executed in his own home.


  16. Yeah, sure.

    The funniest part of your comment is where you say Obama “has almost no other accomplishment to trumpet prior to the November elections.”

    You see, there’s your problem. When you get all your information from the Murdoch media, you miss a lot. Apparently, you didn’t see this:


  17. OK, now that Obama has BRAGGED all over the world that HE killed Osama binLaden, 4 US people have died, simply because they were trying to help the people of egypt! Hopefully Obama will sugffer greatly for his BRAGGING RIGHTS!

  18. Luke Fredrickson

    Steverino says:
    May 1, 2012 at 8:33 am
    Nothing will be accomplished until Bush and his sidekick pay a visit to The Hague.


    Couldn’t agree more. Chickenhawk torturers must face justice. I have faith that the Almighty will see to it at a time and place of His choosing.

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