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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Posturing Over The Killing Of OBL

Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Green Party members, Hemp Party members and pretty much every member of every political party celebrated at least a little bit when the news broke that Osama Bin Laden (OBL) was a dead man.  But it didn't take long for the posturing to begin, of course.  In correspondence from Oklahoma GOP Chair Matt Pinnell, no mention is made of President Obama but rather a quote from former President George W. Bush:
"As President Bush said shortly after 9/11, "We will never back down, we will never give in, and we will never accept anything less than complete victory." Thank you to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives fighting the War on Terror. Al Qaeda is unfortunately not a hierarchy, but a network, and the fight should and must go on."
But not to be outdone, the Democratic operatives have been working hard to ensure that everyone in America knows that it was President Obama who made the call to go into Pakistan with our elite SEAL Team Six to eliminate OBL.

Democrats and Republicans alike have to be careful not to overplay their hands on this situation.  Radical Islam has already sworn "revenge," and the fight is hardly over.  If Democrats like MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell continues to push the issue that "Democrats are not soft on defense" and radical Islam attacks American interests, their incumbent candidate for President will find himself struggling to explain why those on the left have their own "Mission Accomplished" moment.  Watch his video compilation for yourself and determine whether or not he is over the top...

Conversely, Republican commentators would do well in giving credit where credit is due - it was, in fact, President Obama who made the very tough decision after receiving actionable intelligence to go into a sovereign nation to extract OBL.  Not an easy decision to make at all, particularly when President George W. Bush had said previously that he wasn't "too concerned" about OBL and absolutely would not go into Pakistan, regardless of actionable intelligence or not.

The American people as a whole are glad that one of the world's worst terrorists has met his end and the rhetoric that has already hyped up serves no one except the over-inflated egos of commentators and party operatives who are already laying out their spreadsheets, determining how they will profit from this event.  The families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are breathing a sigh of relief, experiencing a moment of clarity and thankful to our Armed Forces for popping the pimple on the ass of the world - namely, OBL.  They are thankful that while we know that terrorist scumbags will do their level best to seek revenge, the mastermind of numerous terrorist attacks is now fish food.

Tony Blair had an incredible statement on Piers Morgan's show wherein he said something to the effect that America is a beacon of freedom, a place where people of many religious backgrounds and ideologies can come together and co-exist in peace with one another - much like that in Britain.  He also warned everyone watching that the death of OBL could very well energize splinter groups of radical Islam and spur them on to action.