Rightbloggers Explain How Killing Osama Was Bad for Obama, America

tomt200.jpg Last Sunday, right after President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, we did a quick scan of rightblogger responses to the event. The brethren basically felt Obama had nothing to do with it and if he did, it wasn't worth doing.

A week has passed. Which means rightbloggers have had time to think about their reactions, and to offer more thoughtful writing on the subject.

And what they thoughtfully wrote was that the death of Bin Laden was a disaster for the Obama Administration, and maybe for us all.

National Review's Victor Davis Hanson revisited an old rightblogger chestnut and complained that Obama used the word "I" too often in his announcement of Bin Laden's death. "Most of these first-person pronouns could have been replaced by either the first-person plural (our, we) or proper nouns (the United States, America)," explained Hanson. "But they reflect a now well-known Obama trait of personalizing the presidency." This English lesson eventually cited Animal Farm and 1984, believe it or not, in relation to "Barack Obama's radical transformation" and "the sudden approval of it by the once hysterical Left." An egomaniacal socialist -- they're the worst kind!

Hanson's colleague Claudia Rossett said Obama erred even in delivering the announcement, because "every effort should be made to avoid in any way dignifying anything about [Bin Laden]... (Recall how President Bush, rather than grabbing the center stage, and thus dignifying the ex-tyrant of Iraq, left it to Paul Bremer to announce the capture of Saddam Hussein.)" See? That publicity hound Obama just dignified Bin Laden by having him shot and dumped in the drink, and then bragging about it. America will pay!

Don Surber of the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail quoted "Democratic Senator Barack Obama on Osama bin Laden: 'as president, [I would] order a trial that observed international standards of due process.' Well, the Navy SEALs captured Laden and killed same... But Barack Obama in 2007 insisted on a trial, didn't he? Once again, our president has shown he has no morals -- no scruples -- no principles."

Of course in another, much-reposted statement, candidate Obama said in 2008 that "if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out. We will kill bin Laden." But what's important is that he changed his mind, i.e. vacillated. And now Bin Laden is dead -- another casualty of Obama's indecisiveness.

We're surprised no one thought of using "under the bus." Oh wait -- a few have. ("Is the Obama administration setting up to toss the SEALs under the bus?" Questions remain!)

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Heh, heh, heh.
The poll bounce Obama enjoyed after the killing was disputed by Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, who headlined, "More Bad News For Libs... American Public Not Fooled By Media - Remember Obama's Far Left Antiwar Past." The "American Public," the body copy reveals, was actually "a Frank Luntz focus group of conservatives." (Hoft added, "This was just horrible news for democrats," leading us to suspect, not for the first time, that Hoft is actually a double agent, planted to give life to stereotypes about conservatives.)

Rightbloggers generally refused Obama any credit for the killing. "Obama got bin Laden just like Nixon reached the moon," bannered The Washington Times, raising a cheer from the brethren. National Review's Jim Geraghty posted a "motivational poster" about President Bush's "vindication," which was similarly enjoyed.

William Teach John Hawkins of Right Wing News explained (with a pictograph, which we're sure his audience appreciated) that Bush actually did the Osama killing, for which Obama falsely claimed credit, just as Reagan actually took down the Berlin Wall, credit for which has been misattributed to that other socialist fraud, George H.W. Bush.

Many thought that if the credit belonged anywhere, it was with their old favorite, torture.

"Well, it has come out that key information from Khalid Sheikh Muhhamad that led to the hiding place of Osama Bin Ladin and his demise at the hands of our fantastic Navy SEALs, came only after we water boarded him," claimed Michael Beck. "Bush was right!"

"For years, the left argued that... [torture] was ineffective, and further that it was evil and something that America should never use," said Christopher Taylor at the Washington Examiner. Taylor, of course, knew all along that torture is Jack Baueriffic: "The truth is," he wrote, "the Bush administration's tireless efforts to fight terrorism worldwide in the face of unbelievable opposition and pressure by the left was so effective and so right that now, even hard left former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had to recently thank President Bush."

He rests his case! This has now become a mainstream rightwing talking point as well. The Obama Administration and others dispute it, but we can see the appeal for a certain kind of person in the this argument. Plus, if they ever go on trial at The Hague, they can just say they were misquoted.

Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times found the story behind the story that suggested Obama doesn't really give a shit about America. "The CIA developed a plan to obliterate the [Osama] compound with a salutory March flyover," Malcolm revealed, but Obama vetoed it because "without a body, how could President Obama prove that he was The One who brought Osama sudden justice without the burden of time-consuming civil trials involving Eric Holder's former law partners as high-paid public defenders?"

At the same time, said Malcolm, Obama would probably never release the photo evidence, despite his previously-noted, desperate need to use Bin Laden for publicity, because "a ghastly dead OBL photo could offend the 'sensitivities' of Osama's insane supporters..." Politics is politics but appeasing America's enemies comes first, apparently.

Of course, when Obama confirmed that he wouldn't release the gruesome pictures, Malcolm sneered that Obama "once bragged that his administration would be the most transparent in American history" and yet he won't even let us see the smashed skull of Mr. 9/11 that Obama himself had worked so hard to get. (Malcolm's column was illustrated with a photo of a 9/11 casualty, presumably to signal that, should the Bin Laden gore-porn be unsealed, the LA Times would he happy to run it.)

Repair_Man_Jack of RedState found it absurd that "after shooting Osama Bin Ladin, [Obama] has an aversion to spiking the football" with photos -- after all, Obama "spent over $100 million on his inaugural bacchanalia." And if he'd killed Bin Laden on his first afternoon in office, we bet he wouldn't have featured the corpse at the Inaugural Luncheon, either.

"Obama Allows Photos of Dead US Soldiers But Not Dead Terrorist," roared Jim Hoft (for whom "coffin" is apparently a synonym for dead soldiers -- okay, now we're convinced he's a plant).

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32 comments
Venango1
Venango1

The "Right-Wing" is so pathetic.

Panthro
Panthro

When I think of the Republican party and their ilk I can't help but think of Corky from Life goes on. Well at least Corky has a soul. Thank god there are so many dim-wits in this country to get the upper-hand on. It really is a blessing in disguise.

douglaswatts
douglaswatts

Something tells me these are the type of parents who slap their kid and say, "That's for all the stuff I didn't catch you doing."

parsec
parsec

Who would ever have thought that the triumph of Birchite paranoia would come AFTER the dissolution of the Soviet Union and China becoming a capitalist paradise?

Just asking
Just asking

"'George Bush was relentlessly mocked for waiting seven minutes (actually waiting for his security detail to ready the exit and for his vehicle to be readied) before leaving the school he was visiting,' wrote Spades."

Considering this guy's record of stupidity this is a rather minor nit to pick, but does this guy honestly think the Secret Service needs 7 minutes to plan and execute an emergency escape for the President of the United States?

Povertyrich
Povertyrich

My bet is that Dick Cheney needed the 7 minutes to figure out where to put Georgie so he wouldn't get in his way during the moment he'd been waiting for since Poppy Bush wouldn't let him go all the way to Baghdad in '91.

Geonorth
Geonorth

And we should be voting for the right because? There isn't a continuous thought or a consistent thought process among the right. They have nothing to offer, so they denigrate anything or anyone who does. The proclamations from these bagger bloggers is just sour grapes.

StringonaStick
StringonaStick

It is more than just sour grapes, it is fucking insane. Seriously, after the birther "community" was halved by the sainted long form vault copy, the tighty righty blogger crew is now doing their best to make sure the newly enlightened have yet another reason to think the crew are full-bore nuts. I have no doubt that this is excellent news for John McCain!

roshankar
roshankar

These wingnuts and their alternative version of reality has more dimensions than the String theory.

David Hendrickson
David Hendrickson

You know who else died on May 1? Hitler. Do I need to say any more? (I understand beached whale Jonah Goldberg is updating the next edition of "Liberal Fascism" with this important fact, thus proving that both Osama and Obama are really liberal fascists.)

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

Obviously, the right-wingers won't be satisfied until they see the long-form vault copy of Osama's death certificate.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

"No one on Earth has done more to help al-Qaeda in the last six weeks than Barack Obama," wrote Tara Servatius at Human Events. "Don't let the bin Laden assassination thing fool you."

I heard he sent them fresh missiles recently!

Mack
Mack

"and yet he won't even let us see the smashed skull of Mr. 9/11 that Obama himself had worked so hard to get."

Rudy Giuliani's dead?!

Abbottaworse
Abbottaworse

"'Most of these first-person pronouns could have been replaced by either the first-person plural (our, we) or proper nouns (the United States, America),' explained Hanson." Hanson should've continued his lesson in patriotic pronoun propriety and taken the opportunityto remind the faithful that they should keep referring to the United States as "she" (becausethat's what Good Patriots and Truth Seeking Americans do when they get paranoid that, forinstance, some Usurper wants to slurp her or some Pretender is looking to bend her).

Jwbletso
Jwbletso

Keep drinking the Obama koolaid folks, see where that gets ya... welfare will run out one day and you may have to work to buy your cigarettes and malt liquor

Matt T.
Matt T.

Let me guess. You're the type of guy who thinks "racialism" is a bigger problem in American politics than actual racism. Am I correct?

gil mann
gil mann

Tell ya what, you stop threatening my access to malt liquor, I'll pour some on the curb for your dead campaign tactic.

Guest
Guest

Your choice of brewskis is a bit on the low rent-side for my tastes since I prefer my suds imported from Belgium, but I get your drift. I don't smoke cigarettes myself, so I don't get the intended irony of your slur. As for a job, I've retired on my union pension after 35 years of hard work, so I'm living pretty well thanks to the contract I , my union brothers and sisters, and the company mutually agreed to sign and to honor collectively.

Synykyl
Synykyl

Obama said he'd get bin Laden, and he did. Deal with it.

laym
laym

Jwbletso, please clarify. In your view, do I, an Obama Kool-Aid drinker, smoke cigarettes and drink malt liquor because I'm a stereotypical liberal hipster? Or because I'm a stereotypical black guy? Thanks in advance, etc., etc.

Abbottaworst
Abbottaworst

Nobody here drinking any "koolaid." Everyone knows that Obama-fare only pays for Wylers, dummy.

Halloween_Jack
Halloween_Jack

I think that the "William Teach" link on the first page should actually be for "John Hawkins". Not that Hawkins really deserves credit for anything--it's the kind of thumbsucking exercise that would give Herbert Hoover credit for ending the depression and winning WWII--but, you know.

edroso
edroso

You are correct, Jack. Have corrected, thanks.

Pug
Pug

Sunday, May 1st was indeed a dark day for the far right nuts and radio screamers. They are greatly saddened at the death of Osama bin Laden.

Back in the good old days these people would have been dismissed as a bunch of hateful kooks, which is exactly what they are. Now, they are the mainstream of the Republican Party.

R. Porrofatto
R. Porrofatto

"it prevented the corpse from being used as a tackling dummy by the Dallas Cowboys, as patriotism demands."

Worth the trip to the wingnut asylum. (Actually, your trip, but I'm taking the Goldberg chickenhawk tack here -- you reconnoiter behind enemy lines, we pretend to follow your links into hell.)

Atticus Dogsbody
Atticus Dogsbody

Where is my previous comment? Why was it put into moderation? Why hasn't it been published?

Synykyl
Synykyl

If bin Laden was not already dead, he'd die laughing at the Republican reaction to his death.

Moe Says Moo
Moe Says Moo

What a dastardly evil trick Obama has played on the Republican Party! He has duped them into dredging up George Bush, wrapping their arms around him, and hugging him ever tighter.

Keep reminding us of George Bush, keep refreshing our memories Republicans. That is your path to victory in 2012.

LOL

Satish Chandra
Satish Chandra

I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, I have shown that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world are sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. (Within the above blog look for 'What You Should Know About RAW').The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the subcontinent as a whole; India is already under covert CIA rule, through RAW. To end this, India has said that five to six nuclear bombs have been prepositioned in various cities/countries such as New Delhi, Washington and New York -- see my blog -- for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi, Washington and New York and later the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States. Satish Chandra

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