Frank J. Fleming marvels at what true genius can accomplish.
Sure didnâ€™t take long for Obama to squander the goodwill from killing bin Laden. I mean, you got the most wanted man in the world, so how do you take that and start to make yourself look like an idiot? Well, letâ€™s have Obama show us how.
So thereâ€™s debate about releasing the photos of Osama. I donâ€™t even really care about it. Obama administration could have just said, â€œWeâ€™re not going to release the photos because we donâ€™t feel like it.â€ and I would have been fine with that. Instead itâ€™s the usual, â€œIf we release the photos, it will make Muslims in the Middle East mad.â€ Really? There are Muslims in the Middle East who just give us hugs all the time, but if they see a photo of dead Osama theyâ€™re suddenly going to become murderous? But they were okay with us killing him â€” just donâ€™t want to see the photo? Iâ€™m sorry, but anyone who would be stirred up to commit murder by an Osama photo are people we should be already hunting down and trying to kill â€” so stirring them up will just make them easier to find. But itâ€™s hard to believe it will stir them up since so many in the Middle East are just constantly angry all the time at the most moronic things imaginable. When do we just say, â€œThese guys are angry idiots constantly getting enraged by everything, so letâ€™s stop worrying about what will make them angrier lest we catch some of their psychosis trying to think like them.â€? If we want to end anger in the Middle East, letâ€™s just send the message that being stupid angry is how you get dead. So everyone who is like, â€œMe see photo! Me want to murder now!â€ why donâ€™t you learn to count to ten before you end up like Osama. And the Obama administration: Stop trying to coddle the feelings of people who celebrate a mass murder and instead concentrate on the feeling of your own people.
And then there is the changing story of how the assault went down. Now I, like pretty much every American, donâ€™t really care how it went down as long as we got the end result of taking out Osama. The official report could have been, â€œOsama begged for mercy while we ripped off his leg and beat him to death with it,â€ and everyone would be like, â€œGreat job, Obama!â€ But instead we keep getting this changing story about whether Osama was armed or not and whether he used a human shield â€” things we donâ€™t even really care about â€” and now theyâ€™re like, â€œWeâ€™re done talking about this.â€ Hey, Obama, no one cares what the details of what happened in the raid, so just stop looking weasely about it.
So just, a couple days later, we go from Obamaâ€™s one flash of competency to looking like this probably all happened in spite of him, because, really, what an idiot.
Jim Treacher says that President Obama is taking his victory lap in a clown car.
Itâ€™s been less than 72 hours since President Barack Obama announced that U.S. Special Forces had killed Osama Bin Laden. Since then, his administration has been hard at work screwing the whole thing up.
Letâ€™s start with that speech Sunday night. It was originally announced for 10:30 but didnâ€™t happen until 11:30. By that time, the news Obama was supposed to be breaking had broken already. Not the best start. Presumably he was delayed arguing with his speechwriters about keeping in all the â€œI,â€ â€œMe,â€ and â€œMine.â€ Everything having to do with this raid was â€œIâ€; anything that could be attributed to the Bush administration was â€œWe.â€ â€œI gave the order, I did this, I did that.â€ The hallmark of any great leader is a willingness to bravely take credit for the hard work and sacrifice of others.
Then thereâ€™s the official narrative of the raid, which has already gone through more versions than the Star Wars movies. First Bin Laden had a gun; then he didnâ€™t. He hid behind one of his wives, who was killed; wait, no, scratch that, sheâ€™s alive and wasnâ€™t his wife. Maybe? Now Leon Panetta says he and President Obama didnâ€™t actually see the whole thing go down, after the White House made a point of releasing that instantly iconic picture of the whole gang watching it go down.
Isnâ€™t it kind of important to get all that stuff right the first time? Personally, I donâ€™t care if Bin Laden was holding a tray of freshly baked cookies and asking our boys if they wanted any tea when they shot him. Youâ€™ve heard of suicide by cop? As far as Iâ€™m concerned, Osama Bin Laden committed suicide by 9/11. But now the White House just looks like a bunch of bumblers. If youâ€™re not exactly sure what happened, why give details you might have to retract? How in the world do you screw up a win this big? (Amanda Carey has a wrap-up of the inconsistencies in the official story.)
And now the Obama administration is showing decisive leadership on the issue of dithering. â€œGee, should we show the pictures of Bin Laden with his Navy SEAL makeover? Wonâ€™t that make people mad?â€ The Abu Ghraib pics were in the public interest; visual evidence of the death of the mastermind of 9/11 isnâ€™t. Keeping us from seeing flag-draped coffins was bad; keeping us from seeing a blood-drenched mass-murderer is good. Now theyâ€™ve finally decided not to release the pictures, after Panetta already said they would. Iâ€™m sure thatâ€™s Obamaâ€™s final decision unless he changes his mind. Stay tuned for the latest round of polls.
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