Well that was a quick dose of Patriotism.
As news broke Sunday night of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, crowds gathered around our nation for a redemption cheer. Proud Americans, put aside their political strife for a moment of national closure, a closure that was some 9+ years in the making after the Sept 11, 2009 tragedy. But as we have seen all too often, that resurrected feeling of “Patriotism” fell apart within nanoseconds.
It took all of 7 hours before conspiracy theories came about and for complaints of who deserves and does not deserve credit for the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Why is it, with every good that happens, someone must come along and trample that feeling?
By Monday evening, the opinionating media outlets were fighting over who deserve credit for the capture and death of Osama bin Laden. The Right opinionators were dissecting President “O’s” every move from Friday’s visit to tornado torn Alabama to his comic relief at Saturday’s Journalist dinner to the fact he only played 9 holes of golf Sunday afternoon.
The Left opinionators were not far behind on their analyzing of why it took so long to happen and how President “W” prolonged the event by cutting the Afghanistan force by ¾ so they could enter a war in Iraq in 2003 and how in 2005 he is quoted as saying “I really don’t think of Osama bin Laden too much.”
Oh but the fun doesn’t stop there. Conspiracy jackwads like Andrew Breitbart and Alex Jones have come out stating that “Osama bin Laden has been dead for years, his body was frozen. It’s political ploy to save Obama.” Or those who say that Obama timed his press conference with the ending of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” because Obama and Trump do not like each other.
First off, if you become easily upset over any type of Reality TV interruption, you need to watch the movie WALL-E for your life has become a giant immobile blob.
Secondly, I’m trying to figure out why anyone listens to Breitbart and Jones any way. Both are blowhard jackwads that spew more political crap then is needed. And Jones is a 9/11 Truther! He believes it was an inside job. Why isn’t Glenn Beck attacking him for notion? Beck goes after Van Jones for signing a 9/11 Truth petition, but not Alex Jones! Or maybe there’s a link between 9/11 Truthers and Socialists. Quick to the magic Beck blackboard…..
These people make me sick. These are the people that find it revolting to give credit when credit is due. Both President “O” and “W” deserve the credit on Presidential decisions and if you disagree with me, bring it on.
In 2008, during a Presidential debate, then Senator Obama stated if the intelligence was valid, he would make the decision to enter any country to capture Osama bin Laden. His opponent, Senator John McCain then mocked “O” for this strategy. Hmm, looks like “O” kept his word.
President “W” deserves credit for putting the footwork in motion to this end result. He deserves the credit for pushing forward into Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks and ridding that country of the Taliban regime and their harboring of al Qaeda.
The end result is simple that President “O” sacked up and made the decision necessary to capture Osama bin Laden. President “W” never wanted to cross over friendly air space if intelligence came about.
President Clinton used legal precedence for not taking Osama bin Laden when offered, even after he was implicated in the Embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya and the bombing of the USS Cole.
We as Americans, we need a face to give credit too. Unfortunately for those that planned this year long operation, those clandestine actors in the CIA, Navy SEALS Team 6 and so forth are the ones that deserve 95% of the credit, as President “O” merely said “Get it done.” Yet, it happened under his watch, therefore he gets credit for the decision.
It’s hard for the opinionating media jackwads like Shultz, Limbaugh, Hannity and the rest to divorce themselves from their usual banter to give praise to someone they politically loathe. Even VP Dick Cheney’s face twisted and contorted when he gave a symbolic “at a boy" to the Obama Administration for closure.
But here’s a thought many have not elaborated on. What if this operation had ended with an opposite result, say like that under President Carter and the Iranian hostage situation. What if the American casualties were not Zero as they were on Sunday, but 12 or 20 Americans dead and Osama bin Laden seen on video running for the hills?
Imagine the worldwide impression set on the United States. Imagine how the opinionating Media would be reacting. Limbaugh and Hannity would have month’s worth of “see this proves Democrats are weak…” As well as Shultz and Maddow with “see, if President ‘W’ had only finished what he started weeks after 9/11…” Imagine what your new found “Patriotism” would emotionally produce?
Many Americans so called Patriotism comes within minutes of the 3 day holiday weekend of Memorial Day or 4th of July, when they can get that 18 pack of Hamburger buns for $1.99 or get a free Hot Dog at the local Chevy Dealer that’s having a deal on the new Mexican built Impala.
Then again, nowadays, Patriotism lasts only a nanosecond and people forget the word.
“My country,' tis of thee,
sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
land where my fathers died,
land of the pilgrims' pride,
from every mountainside let freedom ring!”