Rightbloggers on the Death of Osama Bin Laden: Eh, No Big Whoop. Thanks, President Bush!

tomt200.jpgOsama Bin Laden is dead. We heard this last night from President Barack Obama. He was not wearing a flight suit, nor did he appear on the deck of an aircraft carrier in front of a banner saying MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Rightbloggers were generous in their praise of the military personnel who effected this result, and of former President George W. Bush.

"No class - Obama snubs Bush, praises himself on Bin Laden takedown," complained James Robbins of the PJ Tatler. "The only mention of President George W. Bush came when Mr. Obama mentioned that even he had said the U.S. is not at war with Islam. But without Mr. Bush's leadership and setting the groundwork for the conduct of the war on terrorism, Mr. Obama would never have had the tools to get this job done...

"Had Mr. Obama been in Mr. Bush's position on September 11, 2001," Robbins felt it necessary to add, "Osama bin Laden would still be alive today, and probably winning."

Instead, Obama was in Mr. Bush's position on May 1, 2011, and Osama bin Laden is fucking dead.

Maggie's Farm reported "President Obama's Mushy Announcment That Osama Bin Laden Is Dead... The question is whether President Obama has the intestinal fortitude and focus to follow through, and deserve credit."

On the one hand, Bin Laden is, as we have noted, fucking dead. On the other, Maggie's Farm told us: "..there's speculation that Pakistan offered up bin Laden -- a figurehead, anymore -- as a sweetener to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan." Maggie's Farm didn't cite a source for this, but did explain that "President Obama takes credit, saying he directed our CIA to make the taking or death of Osama bin Laden our priority. That had been a priority before his presidency. Typical Obama."

Maggie's Farm also groused that this was "followed by President Obama reminding us that we are not at war with Islam but with mass murderers. Those mass murderers hide among a sea of many Moslems who smile at the murders."

Bookworm Room said, "I'm with those who think it's ironic that Osama was killed on Obama's watch, because, aside from continuing Bush's policies, he's had nothing to do with the hunt for Osama, and has been backt-tracking as fast as possible from the American-freedom-based principles underlying that hunt." This backt-tracking was no doubt behind Obama's appointment of a new U.S. commander for Afghanistan last week.

Neo-neocon felt "it's a good thing [Osama] wasn't captured and tried in a civilian court." That, we must assume, would have shown that the U.S. is not serious about the War on Terror.

At the PJ Tatler, Bryan Preston complained of a report that American officials said Bin Laden's remains "were being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition." "Osama bin Laden was a mass murderer," said Preston. "The personification of evil, he accorded his victims not respect whatsoever, and deserves reciprocation." It's too soon to tell yet if this will be the fulcrum of future attacks on Obama's handling of the death of Bin Laden.

"I, like others, noted the excessive use of the pronoun 'I' in Obama's speech," said Patrick Richardson at the same venue, "but that struck me less than the MSM giving him the credit as well. Let's be clear, the death of Osama is a good thing, but was in no way the doing of any one single person." Also, "Osama alive and in hiding was less trouble than Osama dead and a martyr."

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Are you sure that's him? Have you checked the Photoshop layers?
"President of the United States claims that Osama Bin Laden is not a Muslim," said Vlad Tepes. "Well, I guess that kills any rumours that Obama is a Muslim. Cause any Muslim would know that not only is Bin Laden a Muslim but most would agree he is an excellent example of one. In that spirit, I encourage any and all readers to please send in news stories and videos of Muslims either mourning his death or celebrating his new status as a shahid, and any streets named after him etc."

National Review followed the news with reactions from the people most responsible for Bin Laden's death: Senator Lindsay Graham, Mitt Romney, John Boehner and a bunch of other Republican office-holders.

Eventually there was also a statement from George W. Bush, and then a tribute from NR's Robert Costa "To A Couple of SEALs in Southwest Asia, and to All Our Warriors" -- a gif animation of Charles Foster Kane clapping for the disastrous performance of Susan Alexander, for some reason.

Also, Daniel Pipes appeared to tell NR readers that "the announcement of [Bin Laden's] death tonight by the U.S. government makes little operational difference. The war on terror has not fundamentally changed, much less been won."

Other rightbloggers amplified the theme that Bin Laden's death wasn't really a big deal.

"So Osama is dead? Good," said Vodkapundit Stephen Green. "But as I've argued for years, bin Laden is a symptom and not the disease. Had he died on one of the doomed 9/11 flights into the WTC, nothing would have changed." (In 2004 Green compared Bin Laden to Attila the Hun; in 2010, Green said of him, "The Next Word He Should Hear: 'Incoming!'")

Victor Davis Hanson stepped up with "strange afterthoughts" on the successful mission: For instance, "how has bin Laden been hiding in such apparently comfortable surroundings, inside, rather than on the border of, Pakistan, a recipient of billions in aggregate aid?... We will need some honest talk for a change about exactly what is going on."

Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit observed that the town in which Bin Laden was killed "is only about 40 mi from Rawalpindi, military headquarters in Pakistan. The town is home to a Pakistani military academy." "Okay, what does this say about our relationship with Pakistan? What relationship?" said Ricochet's Denise Moss.

We're trying to imagine what the reaction would have been had Bin Laden been killed in, say, 2007, and leftbloggers were bitching like this immediately after the takedown of the mastermind of 9/11, in which (as rightbloggers normally like to remind us at every opportunity) thousands of American civilians were murdered on our own soil.

Oh, well. Congratulations, President Obama, on finally being declared a U.S. citizen and killing Bin Laden all in the same week.

To close, some relevant tweets from our friends at #teaparty:

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V Trinidad
V Trinidad

LOL IT IS SO FUNNY TO ME, OUR PATHETIC EXCUSE OF A "AMERICAN " PRESIDENT ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS TAKE CLAIM FOR SOMETHING THAT HE DID NOT DO ONCE AGAIN LOL I AGREE WITH LIBERTYMATT HE JUST WANTS TO MAKE HIMSELF LOOK GOOD SO HE CAN GET MORE VOTES.

Jim Beaver
Jim Beaver

Oh, come on. What a tempest in a teapot! Lots of time on my hands, so I counted the references to himself in Obama's 9:30 speech. I also counted Ronald Reagan's references to himself in his 6:46 speech announcing the attack on Khaddafi's compound in 1986. Reagan mentioned himself 14 times in his speech, once every 32 seconds. Obama also mentioned himself 14 times, but in a speech 50% longer, or once every 41 seconds. Of course, none of this compares with Reagan's speech about the release of the Iran hostages in 1981, when he mentioned himself once every 6 seconds, and Reagan took no official action to accomplish that release! This is craziness, parsing things like this! I get that people disagree about politics, but this is just nuts.

Linda S
Linda S

If this SEAL misson had ended in disaster, they sure would have heaped the blame on President Obama's head.

So, why the HELL do they refuse to give him credit for it's success? Because of his skin color???

Nah, couldn't be that.

streips
streips

The whackjobs do make one valid point, namely -- Bin Laden spent the last years of his life living amongst some of Pakistan's top military officials. It really does stretch the imagination to think that none of them ever once noticed that among their homes was one with a big old wall with barbed wire atop it (note to Bin Laden fans -- barbed wire was invented in Kansas, which is in the Great Devil Country). I believe that Pakistan has some explaining to do.

Truckie
Truckie

The last time I was in a military plane. I wore a military uniform. The Commander and Chief did the same besides he is a pilot. The sign mission accomplished was up for the sailors that were on there way home from completing their mission. I spent ten months of my life in Quwait and had some one tell me today that we should of gotten rid of Saddam then but that was not our mission. Arm chair quarter backs disgust me!

The Tea Badger
The Tea Badger

"I am the Tea Badger, the most ferocious animal in the kingdom. Hear me roar."

Bomease
Bomease

i canot believe that there is this many nitwits in the republican party

Bomease
Bomease

you right wingnuts are so stupid you don't that you have lost already

Rcrecio
Rcrecio

Check out "Truly Not Concerned About Bin Laden" George W. Bush March 2002

On Youtube.com.

Rcrecio
Rcrecio

Are you all crazy????? Your twisted way of seeing things is very scary!!!! Get on YouTube and see what your wonderful Pres. Bush had to say about capturing Bin Laden, months after 9/11, but he was busy destroying another country while this mass murderer was building a mansion in plain sight.You don't have to love Pres Obama but be honest enough to give credit where credit is due!!!!

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

What a bunch of douchebags... I hated Bush with a passion, but I would give him credit when it was due. These people abso-fucking-lutely refuse to admit anything positive about the man. It REALLY blows me away when they (in the same sentence) say that Obama deserves no credit because all the credit should go to the military personnel who pulled off the raid and planned it, and then praise George 'I don't know or care where Bin Laden' Bush for the VERY SAME THING they said Obama deserved no credit for.

How does this not make these people's heads explode?

Dana Blankenhorn
Dana Blankenhorn

Ideology is like that. When facts change you have a choice. You can accept the facts or reject reality. Ideology routinely rejects reality. http://www.danablankenhorn.com...

Think it's time for a sequel to "Goodbye Lenin!" called "Goodbye Reagan!"

Jubjub3000
Jubjub3000

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."- G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

xtro
xtro

To be fair, major right wing blog Ace of Spades was pretty gracious in acknowledging President Obama:

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/3155...

"If Obama gave an okay to an action (drone/direct), I have to give him props for that. That's ballsy. Islamabad ain't the N.W. Frontier. ...

I'm not questioning the timing. I'm not worried if it gives Obama a bump in the polls. I'm fucking going to pop some champagne and drink a toast to the military and the memories of those who died on 9/11 and in the War on Terror that followed. I'll add in George W. Bush and yes, the President of the United States of America."

douglaswatts
douglaswatts

This just in, Al Jolson taught Louis Armstrong how to play trumpet.

Ct Dakota
Ct Dakota

So you must have forgotten then when Mr. Bush was asked about the search for Osama after we invaded Iraq under false pretenses, he said " I don't think about him much". And he didn't which is why he was never taken down. President Obama didn't talk about Osama, instead he located him and took him out. Good grief, fet a life people and give some credit where credit is due. Even former President Bush called to congratulate President Obama.

MRMIKEA1313
MRMIKEA1313

I WAS WAITING TO HEAR WHAT THE "TWISTERS" WERE GOING TO SAY ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HOW THEY WOUILD ATTACK HIM ! THE "TWISTERS" ARE A GROUP OF FAR RIGHT FUNDAMENTALISTS WHO HAVE NOTHING TO DO BUT DIVIDE OUR NATION AND CAUSE DESPAIR AMONG OUR U.S CITIZENS. THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO TWIST THE TRUTH TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA. THEY ARE THE RADIO AND TV TALK HOSTS WHO ENJOY RIPPING OUR NATION APART BECAUSE THEY ARE TOTAL LOSERS AND CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REALITY AND SOAP OPERA. THEY ARE THE UNINTELLIGENT, UNEDUCATED TROUBLE MAKERS OF OUR SOCIETY....THANK GOD THEY ARE THE FEW!!!

Kris
Kris

How did Foxnews .com headline the news yesterday?"Breaking News Usama Bin Landen Dead Fox News Confrims" (at http://www.foxnews .com/us/2011/05/01/usama-bin-laden-dead-say-sources/ )Then the misspelled headline was changed to different sentences twice, and finally removed from the webpage.It really kills Fox that Osama got the job done.

alboy2
alboy2

What exactly are the odds that IF GWB had managed to kill OBL (yes, a long stretch, I know), that these same "pundits" would be breathlessly typing up their hagiographies? Please...pull the other one, it has bells on it. To the bottom of the ocean with these horrible, horrible people....

jim
jim

From Birthers to Deathers overnight ... amen! HOKUM IS RISEN!

Had Mr. Obama been in Mr. Bush's position on September 11, 2001, odds are all those famous crying eagles would've had to keep their day-jobs. Hard to picture him shelving Clinton's entire anti-terrorism strategy like Bush did, & that strategy could have precluded a stateside attack while it kept Al-Quaeda running for its life.

However, sagebrush-terrorism in Texas was nipped in the bud handily, ergo reality is invalid!

TEACH THE CONTROVERSY.

Tom
Tom

People are so ridiculous. This is Obama's victory. The Bush administration never went after Bin Laden and when they had him cornered...they let him get away. Bush kept the boogeyman alive because it benefited him. Obama had him killed because he really needed to do something to fix his image.

varmintito
varmintito

Hey Wingnuts: Mission ACTUALLY Accomplished.

Anybody who questions President Obama's leadership on this issue can tell it to Bin Laden's 100% dead ass. You have all the relevance and credibility of Baghdad Bob. You can try to deny Obama a well-earned victory, but the scoreboard doesn't lie.

Drinking Jim Crow
Drinking Jim Crow

"No class - Obama snubs Bush, praises himself on Bin Laden takedown," complained James Robbins of the PJ Tatler.

Yea Obama, be more classy like those Republicans who were careful to note President Carter's groundwork efforts that led to the freeing of the US Embassy hostages...

Penmarko
Penmarko

If I remember correctly 9/11 took place on who's watch???????????????

merl1
merl1

the last time chickengeorge bush mentioned osama it was to say that he didn't think about him anymore.

#Handmade #Soap
#Handmade #Soap

I agree with that Obama has maybe on hes best sleep when that happen ahauhauhau

Andybud
Andybud

Recession? Stop blaming Bush, it’s OBAMA’S RECESSION NOW!

Afghanistan? Stop blaming Bush, it’s YOUR WAR NOW, OBAMA!

Kill bin Laden? THANK YOU, GEORGE BUSH! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Conservatives are a funny lot.

XeckyGilchrist
XeckyGilchrist

So, is Bush now once again not he-was-a-secret-liberal-all-along?

Snarl
Snarl

That animated .gif is wildly popular among people who never heard of Orson Welles, much less Charles Foster Kane. It wouldn't surprise me if the guy at NRO was one of them.

parsec
parsec

TPM headline: 2012 GOPers React To Bin Laden's Killing

"Oh shit. Now I'm even more irrelevant, if you can believe that."

Another Luke
Another Luke

Shouldn't Bill Ayers get some credit for this?

Rcrecio
Rcrecio

"...His finest hour. Decisive. Cool. Able to both strike hard and do so with the kind of American values and restraint that elevated the mission and stands in stark contrast to the bombast and recklessness of some of his predecessors". (meaning, GWB who wasn't interested in finding Bin Laden)

Here, smell this...
Here, smell this...

You're not alone Trinidad. It would seem funny to everyone who listens to only the talking heads on Fox. Obama doesn't have to try and make himself look good to score more votes; the Republican party has made themselves look so bad over the last 10 years that many of you cockroaches are finally jumping ship. Your ALL-CAPS post to get that badly craved attention worked; your mom (and your school) would be proud of you.

The Tea Badger
The Tea Badger

Pakistan doesn't have any explaining to do... we already know WTF is up. What they are going to do is whine and cry that an $18 billion ongoing welfare check just dried up with the death of Osama bin LaidToRest.

Linda S
Linda S

>>The sign mission accomplished was up for the sailors that were on there way home<<

Oh, really?? Then how come you can't find the picture with that sign on it now? Seems it has been erased from all the republican websites.

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Here, smell this...
Here, smell this...

BTW, Truckie... if you're using the fact that Bush was a pilot to justify his wearing the flight suit, then I say since he's a boob, he should have worn a bra. I've never seen such a blatant discrimination against bras.

The Tea Badger
The Tea Badger

You know what disgusts me? Someone purporting to have spent 10 months in Kuwait and misspelling the name of it. So yea, I think Dirk nailed it on the head...or maybe you're really Philip from this season of Survivor.

Dirk
Dirk

"Commander and Chief"? "Should of"?Dubya, is that you?If it was "for the sailors," why did Rove hype the event?You were way too stupid to be a SEAL so don't pretend to represent.

M. Krebs
M. Krebs

Then you haven't been paying attention.

Smartalek
Smartalek

"How does this not make these people's heads explode?"

To recognize a factual and/or logical inconsistency requires reading / comprehension / assessment skills at the level of at least a 3-digit IQ.I'll leave the rest as an exercise for the readers, all of whom (this being the Village Voice) clearly have the requisite... tools...

laym
laym

Has anyone seen my watch?

Glen
Glen

Obama's, of course. Silly.

kevinh
kevinh

Do what to the who, now?

Jack M
Jack M

Some people would kick even if they played football.

Smartalek
Smartalek

Would that this were true.What's more likely to happen is that our payments to the Pakis will rise, as we'll be "relying" (using the term loosely, of course) on them to keep from too completely / overwhelmingly supporting their Taliban clients in Afghanistan as we start out drawdown.Since the Karzai Krew have proven themselves less than useless, the Pakis are the only game in town for us.

SFAW
SFAW

Jamie Gorelick's, you big silly.

Guest
Guest

I'm positive I heard Limbaugh blame Clinton

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