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.