We’ll Never Forget Old What’s His Name

For the record, ladies and gentlemen, in his brief announcement last night President Obama used the word “I” ten times, he used the word “me” three times, he used the word “mine” five times, and the word “my” three times.

—Rush Limbaugh

Despite Obama’s self-serving announcement of the demise of Osama bin Laden, he deserves credit for the decision to send in SEAL Team 6 to do the job instead of relying on a few well placed aerial explosives.  But lost in all the leg-tingling Mainstream Media adulation¹ currently being larded upon the Warrior Prince is the indisputable fact that, had it not been for the intelligence gathering methods authorized by George W. Bush and roundly reviled by liberals everywhere (including Barack Obama), OBL would still be spending his evenings watching Jack Bauer DVDs and snacking on fried pork rinds in beautiful downtown Abbottabad.  As Andrew Malcolm put it in the LA Times,

Here’s something else that didn’t get much recognition in all the street celebrations or all-hail-Obama briefings:

The trail to Monday morning’s assault on Osama’s Pakistan compound began during someone else’s presidency. That previous president authorized enhanced interrogation techniques which convinced folks like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to give up, among many other things, the name of their top-secret courier, now deceased. His travels ultimately led the CIA back to Osama’s six-year-old suburban home.

¹DAVID “RODHAM” GERGEN: This is going to be a huge help to President Obama in the election! Obama got Oooosama!
ANDREA MITCHELL: This is a game-changer for Barack Obama!
BOB ORR: The Obama administration will ride high on that!
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: What a political boost there will be for President Obama!
JEFF GREENFIELD: This would be a complete game-changer if the presidential election were next week!
DON IMUS: This guarantees his reelection!
ALISYN CAMEROTA: For the president, whom critics recently have accused of not showing enough leadership, is this a turning point?

UPDATE – See Progressives Hated–Smeared Heroic SEAL Team 6: All Credit Goes To Bush’s GITMO & SEALS (Maggie’s Notebook):

During the Presidency of George W. Bush, the heroic SEAL Team 6 was routinely defamed by the Left. Seymour Hersh writing for New Yorker called SEAL Team 6 Dick Cheney’s personal assassination squad, but today, Obama’s SEAL Team 6 members are heroes, cleverly led by the “gutseist” leader of all time, who had to “evaluate” information from the World’s finest military and decide whether it was valid – the leader who had at his fingertips, all the proven and successful tools for fighting terrorism developed by G. W. Bush. […]

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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26 Responses to We’ll Never Forget Old What’s His Name

  1. How many times did he thank Bush for the hard work he did? Or even the armed forces?

  2. bob says:

    The only folks giving Øbama credit for this are the cretins who already adore him. All normal Americans know who deserves the credit: our wonderful men in uniform. The dupnik in the White House, who likes to leave all the difficult, dirty work to others, and then claim the credit for himself, isn’t fooling anyone.

    • As I wrote to a friend of mine: “Let them have their day. It won’t be remembered in a year. It really is a trivial accomplishment. Bin Laden has not done anything in years and this won’t end their jihad.”

      • Bob Mack says:

        It’s been going on for 1400 years. I doubt if it’ll stop tomorrow. But, as Obama the Wise emphasized, we’re not at war with Islam & we will never be at war with Islam. Unfortunately, large swaths of Islam appear to be at war with us.

    • Bob Mack says:

      A fine & creative spelling of the Warrior Prince’s cognomen, BOB.

  3. fleeceme says:

    Good stuff Bob, I wrote something similar, but you got the point across much better than I.

  4. Bob, thanks so much for linking and quoting. That Don Imus quote is quite something. Idiots! I linked back.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, MAGGIE. I pulled the quotes off Rush’s site. I don’t know ’bout Imus these days:

      His cowboy hat shrunk when he wore it in rain;
      It cut circulation to poor Imus’s brain.

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  7. Obama is the fortunate beneficiary of timing. But by the time elections roll around it will be gas and food prices that will be the the minds of voters. I’m actually surprised that Obama didn’t insist on postponing this misssion until July of next year to get maximum benefit.

  8. Bob Mack says:

    The voice of the ‘moderate Muslim’? – From Jihad Watch:

    Hundreds took to the streets of Quetta on Monday to pay homage to Osama bin Laden, chanting death to America and setting fire to a US flag, witnesses and organisers said.

    And we send these people billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayers money? Cut ’em off!

  9. Bob Mack says:

    Iraq Connection Helped U.S. Find Bin Laden

    In 2004, about six weeks after the capture of Saddam Hussein, Kurdish police nabbed a high-ranking al-Qaida operative named Hassan Ghul in a town near the Iranian border. It wasn’t long before Ghul was telling CIA interrogators about one of the organization’s couriers, who used the nom-de-guerre of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti.

    “Hassan Ghul was the linchpin” in finding and killing Osama bin Laden, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Monday. Ghul told the United States that the Kuwaiti-born Pakistani now known to have been Sheikh Abu Ahmed, who was killed along with the terrorist chieftain he served on Monday by U.S. Navy SEALs, was a crucial figure within al-Qaida.

    Three days after Ghul’s capture in Iraq, President George W. Bush touted it as “further progress in making America more secure.” Bush noted that Ghul “reported directly to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed” and “was moving money and messages around South Asia and the Middle East to other al-Qaida leaders. He was a part of this network of haters that we’re dismantling.”

    Little did Bush realize just how much progress the Ghul capture would mean.

    Beyond all this, another issue emerges: Would Ghul even have been in Iraq in January 2004, when he was captured, had it not been for the U.S. presence there? Bush said Ghul was in Iraq “helping al-Qaida to put pressure on our troops.”

    If Ghul really was the “linchpin” in successfully tracking down Osama bin Laden, then critics of the U.S. invasion of Iraq soon may be asked new questions — even the question of whether Osama bin Laden would still be alive today had it not been for Bush’s much-criticized war.

  10. Freedom, by the way says:

    The libs always want everything both ways. Now that it’s “their” boy in office, bombs away in the middle east is fine, rising gas prices aren’t his fault, and isn’t he the clever one to take down Osama.

    • AFVET says:

      Freedom, I caught a clip from ‘The View’ and the cackling hens were almost wetting themselves over OB.
      One even said that we should just cancel the next election !

  11. Bob Mack says:

    Dana Loesch in Big Journalism reminds us that

    the left, including our President, has railed against “enhanced interrogation techniques” for years. Obama even moved to prosecute those who engaged in using such techniques to extract pertinent information from terrorist detainees […] So now the President must find himself in a difficult position, after railing so hard against interrogation techniques for so long, he can’t claim victory for bin Laden’s death without ceding a major part of that victory to the techniques he opposed which were curated under his predecessor.

    Democrats, notoriously weak on foreign policy, are spinning:

    But one Democratic communications hand sent advice to a slew of other Democratic operatives in the wake of the announcement hammering on the need to make sure Obama comes out on top.

    “In your day jobs, do not let Republicans turn this into continuing the Bush legacy. This has to be about Obama’s decisive leadership,” the guidance said. “He is the one who oversaw bringing bin Laden to justice, much like how Bush failed to do so at Tora Bora and then claimed Osama wasn’t a priority.”

    For Democrats, the argument is critical because they don’t want to let credibility on national security issues slip back into their post-Vietnam home in the Republican Party. And they need to fight the insinuation, fed by recent NATO action in Libya that one official characterized as “leading from behind,” that Obama is a weak leader.

    Same old playbook. First blame Bush. If that doesn’t work, call your opponents racists.

  12. Matt says:

    I can’t see the timing as politically motivated, nor can I see that this will help Obama in 2012. In political terms, it might as well a million years from now. The economy will be Obama’s political end.

  13. bydesign001 says:

    Not an ounce of credit or a word of thanks is due Obama. The assassination of OBL is nothing more than an attempt to increase ratings and distract Americans from Obama’s failing agenda, war on the Constitution, the American people and his many acts of treason.

    He has convinced no one that he is a leader or a great one at that who does not imbibe in Obama kool-aid by the keg.

    • Bob Mack says:

      According to White House Insider, Valerie Jarrett’s the de facto President anyway.

      […] there had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. Obama would meet with various components of the pro-invasion faction, almost always with Jarrett present, and then often fail to indicate his position. This situation continued for some time, though the division between Jarrett/Obama and the rest intensified more recently, most notably from Hillary Clinton. She was livid over the president’s failure to act, and her office began a campaign of anonymous leaks to the media indicating such.

  14. Great article. I agree with you and Rush, that Obama deserves some measure of respect for continuing the Bush policies/strategies that got Osama found and made dead.

    But the cartoon has it exactly right–this is a small measure compared to Bush and the armed forces.

    I listened to Obama’s announcement late Sunday night, and the way he kept throwing in “I” and “me” statements was jarring. It’s so abjectly clear that every single thing in the world is All About Me to him.

    I’ve been too busy to research current events this week. Has Obama made any reference to Bush’s prior work on this? At all?

    • Bob Mack says:

      Not as far as I’m aware. And as for the rest of the socialists? Here’s fair example (from Commentary):

      Here’s Nancy Pelosi from a press conference on September 7, 2006:

      [E]ven if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late. He has done more damage the longer he has been out there. But, in fact, the damage that he has done . . . is done. And even to capture him now I don’t think makes us any safer.

      And here’s Nancy Pelosi yesterday:

      The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. . . . I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. . . . [T]he death of Osama bin Laden is historic. . . .

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