Our Narcissist in Chief

I’ll give Obama due credit-but no more. He did authorize the raid but I am sure he solicited LOTS of advice. Good. That’s better than shooting from the lip-and missing, like he did with the Iran revolution, Libya and when he stated that “the Cambridge Police acted stupidly”. He took a risk. This could’ve gone badly like Jimmy Carter’s infamous crash in the desert.

All that said Obama has squandered much of the good will he could have garnered from this. Right from the start his speech was arrogant. Bush was constantly harangued by the left with that term so I’ll be specific when I use it. Some examples from the speech:

“And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta…”

“I met repeatedly with my national security team…”

“I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action…””

“Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation …”

“Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was…”

I think I’ve made myself clear.  😉

Yes, he did give credit to the Special Forces. He gave no credit to George W. Bush and made no mention of the interrogation methods employed that Bush authorized and that Obama and the left en masse decried.

Something needs to be acknowledged here. Our Constitutional Republic functions with continuity despite elections every two years. Yes, those elections have consequences and they bring change. But not everything wraps up neatly in such time frames-especially wars. Getting Bin Laden has been a priority for 9 years. As this news broke we knew that the details would be revised and that some time would pass before a clear picture emerged but it looks like Bin Laden may have been in this compound for as long as six years. Much of this was a function of timing and good luck and persistent work by intelligence organizations. Obama got to finish a job Bush started. More than a little credit is due. Obama could look presidential in all this. Instead he looks petty.

Once again the left is gloating and projecting endless election victories as a result of this exciting yet singular event. The 2010 midterm elections were a quick interruption of that day dream. They are slipping back into it. They may wake up soon in a cold sweat to discover $5 or $6 gasoline and a Middle East still in flames.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. All good points Pat, however the media continues to fawn over this guy and he loves the attention. I actualy believe he does not enjoy being the President but loves the power and the limelight. He certainly is clueless about the economy and in most cases everything else.

    JG out.

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