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NYT: Obama’s Credentials Are ‘Burnished’

From a shamelessly unctuous New York Times:

President’s Vow Fulfilled

May 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s announcement late Sunday that Osama bin Laden had been killed delivered not only a long-awaited prize to the United States, but also a significant victory for Mr. Obama, whose foreign policy has been the subject of persistent criticism by his rivals.

Really? This is a significant victory? Will we see an appreciable decrease in terrorism because of it? Or an increase?

In his 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama bluntly declared, “We will kill Bin Laden.”

Actually, Mr. Obama declared a lot more than this. He also claimed that the Bush administration had lost focus by attacking Iraq. Instead, all of our military efforts should be focused solely on tracking down Osama Bin Laden and capturing or killing him. That, he suggested, would spell the end of terrorism man-caused disasters.

But as time passed, Bin Laden’s name had gradually fallen out of presidential speeches and the political discourse, raising concern from critics that Mr. Obama’s administration was not sufficiently focused on the fight against terrorism.

You see? If you aren’t solely focused on pursuing Osama Bin Laden, you aren’t really fighting terrorism.

In delivering the news from the East Room of the White House, as jubilant crowds gathered outside waving American flags and cheering, Mr. Obama did not address his critics or gloat about his trophy.

Mr. Obama’s speech from the White House in the middle of the night wasn’t "gloating"? Besides, why would he need to gloat when his media minions will do it for him. By our count there are more than thirty (30) articles about Bin Laden’s demise in today’s edition of the New York Times alone.

If this had occurred under President Bush you can be sure the media coverage would be far less enthusiastic. In fact, we would probably hear nothing but criticism about how long it took, and how Mr. Laden was not captured alive and brought to justice and given a fair trial.

He instead used the moment to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to issue a new call for national unity.

“Let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11,” Mr. Obama said. “I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.”

Mr. Obama first made his name (such as it was) by being among the first to criticize the Bush administration for their handling of the war on terror and especially the invasion of Iraq. Which the state senator called a needless "distraction."

Indeed, no one was a more dis-unifying figure than Barack Hussein Obama, when it came to the war on terrorism. And there certainly has never been a more dis-unifying President on all fronts, since Abraham Lincoln.

Bin Laden’s death is certainly one of the most significant and defining moments of Mr. Obama’s presidency. It allows him to claim the biggest national security victory in a decade — something that eluded President George W. Bush for nearly eight years — and instantly burnishes his foreign policy credentials at a time when he has been questioned about his decisions on the Middle East.

What a bunch of fawning hogwash. Even for the champion hog washers at the New York Times. You would think they would be ashamed. But they have no shame.

The gravity of the moment was impossible to minimize. At ground zero, in baseball stadiums and on college campuses across the country, elation erupted as though a war had been won

Or as though the winner of ‘American Idol’ had been announced.

Bin Laden was killed at a time when the Obama administration is dealing with questions about its strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The president revealed few details of the operation in his address on Sunday, but aides said he would discuss it more in the coming days, perhaps through another national address or in interviews.

Whatever else the saga of Bin Laden’s killing has revealed, it has shown that our relations with Pakistan are at an all time low. Despite our having elected to the Presidency a man who thinks he can pronounce the name of the country properly.

Mr. Obama has been facing some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, largely because of domestic concerns over high gas prices and the rising federal debt. It remains an open question what lasting effect Bin Laden’s death will have on how Mr. Obama is seen by the American people, but it gives him an unmistakable advantage on national security heading into the 2012 presidential campaign

Mr. Obama only gets high marks in foreign policy in the polls because he is following George Bush’s policies to the letter. The very same policies that he mocked and obstructed while in the Senate and out on the campaign trail.

The reaction was swift on Sunday evening, with Democrats and Republicans alike hailing the moment. Some of Mr. Obama’s rivals praised him, including Tim Pawlenty, a Republican and former governor of Minnesota…

Representative Peter T. King, a New York Republican who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, praised the president for signing off on the secret mission in Pakistan to capture Bin Laden.

Proving once again that the only good Republican is a Republican who praises a Democrat.

Still, the 2012 election is likely to turn in large part on the economy, with unemployment and gas prices holding significant sway in the eyes of voters. (A White House official noted that the president’s aides are keeping in mind the lessons of 1992, when the first President George Bush lost re-election a year after he won the Persian Gulf war.)

But Mr. Obama has unquestionably solidified his role as commander in chief. His world view is often challenged by his Republican rivals, who seek to portray him as a weak leader. That line of attack will almost certainly be more difficult to use as he begins running for a second term

And, after all, no matter how supposedly historic or momentous – everything only matters insofar as it impacts on Mr. Obama’s re-election chances.

But as Mr. Obama delivered his remarks and the crowds continued to gather outside the White House, there was little question that his presidency had forever been changed by snaring Bin Laden. The search for him has played out over Mr. Obama’s maturation as a national political figure in the last decade.

And never mind that Mr. Obama has not even been a national political figure for three years, let alone a decade. And never mind that we have seen no signs of any "maturation."

“Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country,” Mr. Obama said, “and the determination of the American people.”

That’s odd. We thought Mr. Obama believed that America is only great when it is handing out Medicare and food stamps.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “NYT: Obama’s Credentials Are ‘Burnished’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This is all about 2012

    If the hideous malformation which Obama represents is willing to go to these lengths to scorch the earth ahead of 2012, then everyone here at S&L had been right all along …. this is the kind of crew in possession of Washington who will do ANYTHING to keep power.

    Look to your moats, amigos.

  2. Right of the People says:

    You can burnish a turd all you want but it’s still a turd.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”He instead used the moment to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to issue a new call for national unity…..”

    Is this not the very “politicizing” of the 9-11 terrorist attack that our media masters accused the Bush administration of committing? If the US had followed Obama’s positions beginning with those very same terrorist attacks, bin Laden would never have been brought to bag. Even if it did take almost ten years to snuff him, Obama wouldn’t have even initiated the move, much less brought it to fruition. He should be thanking GWB right now for handing him this gift on which to campaign in 2012.

    Is there a rRepublican candidate to call him out on this? None that I can see.

  4. Chase says:

    It will be interesting in the years to come, if there is a return to normalcy, to read how much dithering and contemplation and consulting with “experts” and getting ducks lined up and polls measured, etc that went on before this action was taken. What’s the big deal relative to Obama? He only probably did this past week or two what any of 200 million others of us would likely have signed off on weeks or months ago were we in the position. It took no moral courage – he probably had all the possible consequences weighed and studied, making sure all the spin doctors and excuses were readied, and that all things considered, He, the Won, would come out smelling like a rose, all before he “authorized” the mission.

    The budget, training, expertise, weapons, tactics, intelligence and working of Khalid Muhammad all took place or was put into motion and existence long before Obama came around. This action is the result of many 1,000s of man hours, engineering feats, and a load of money all appropriated, managed, directed, guided, and contemplated totally outside of the aura of his genius and the stench of his shadow. All he did was, after getting all the encouragement and verifications and assurances for protecting or enhancing his political stance, was nod his head or pick up a pen. That’s all the credit that he is due, and again, it might coulda/shoulda been done much earlier.

  5. Anonymoose says:

    This would have been a “October Surprise” for next year’s election; as it is we still have the same problems facing us with no change in sight. Don’t forget that Bush senior had the Berlin Wall fall on his watch and didn’t get re-elected because of the recession, and what will matter with Obama will also be the economy.

    The timing of this, right after he released his birth certificate and his stomping on The Donald, seems a little too convenient. I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the future it turns out they knew it was him for some time and waited for the politically opportune moment. I’m also wondering why the extreme left isn’t screaming about assassinations in a sovereign country and all the other things they do.

    In the end, glad Navy Seals got him, not really caring about all the Obama-is-great thumping going on.

  6. proreason says:

    Obamy’s eight hours of glory didn’t last that long.

    Sentiment is about 5 to 1 against the Moron in Adultville. And about 99.99 to 1 for the special ops guys.

    I expect he will get a small bump from this, providing the MBM can keep the lid on the way the deed was accomplished, and the mysteries that are arising…but it won’t last long.

    And besides, isn’t the Slimes diametrically opposed to assassinations, of any kind? Or, as jobeth points out, are they going to cheerlead for a team to go in and take out Qaddafi Duck? It woudn’t surprise me.

  7. David says:

    I say it is time to run with this as the Obama Doctrine.
    Specifically, If a person is responsible for the deaths of Americans then America has the right and obligation to violate the sovereignty of any country and kill that person and hide their body.
    I am not saying I disagree with that but it would be worth sticking it to him and see what the libs do.

  8. jobeth says:

    Not sure this really belongs in this thread but not sure where else to put it.

    I understand that they got the nick name of OBL’s courier from one of the prisoners at Gitmo a few years ago…before Obama.

    Now if we follow O’s lead…should we ask if he is using info obtained by “torture” or “water boarding”? Now would that be legal? Should Obama be punished by the world’s court he is so fond of if so?

    Wouldn’t that infer Obama is condoning the action of ‘torture’ if he uses the information? Can’t have it both ways.

    I won’t ask why, if he knew about this for so long, he didn’t get him sooner…we all know the reasons for that. This whole thing was his ace in a hole…that I believe he was probably holding out for some sort of “October surprise” in 2012 but due to his plummeting poll position was forced to bring out both the BC and OBL just to survive to 2012.

    Keep up the pressure folks. He’s getting testy, petulant and pulling out all the heavy duty stuff just to survive.
    And that’s a good thing…lol Hopefully he’ll run out of aces up his sleeve or someone on the left would actually realize you can’t have 5 aces in the game.

  9. canary says:

    In March 2009 Obama ignored for 9 months, General McChrystal’s request of the need for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Months went by as Obama ignored the U.S. Military & Washington D.C.

    Obama finally met with General McChrystal for 20 minutes on AF1 during Obama’s vacation to promote the Summer Olympics panel to hold them in Chicago.

    It was not until 9 December 1, 2009 did President Obama reluctantly announced he’d send more troops.

    In this speech he announced the purpose of the mission was to train & equip Afghanistan’s military and security to run their own country.

    In this speech he announced to the world and enemy that our troops would withdraw by July 2011.
    In spite of objection in Washington D.C. to include Hillary,
    Obama blatantly again, gave the plan and time line.

    Obama’s excuse was he wanted to wait til Afghanistan had their 2nd election for the leader of Afghanistan. The 1st being corrupt. The 2nd was corrupt.

    Obama then invited Afghanistan’s new corrupt Karzai to the White House, and then had the audacity
    to have General McChyrstal to take the corrupt Karzai on a U.S. Military Base Ft. Campbell, Ky. to lecture our troops the new rules of engagement that this was a humanitarian mission and don’t kill civilians. (soldiers from Ft. Campbell KY have had the most depolyments)

    During this Dec 2009 speech Obama complained to the West Point cadets of the $ costs.

    Obama has consistently bitter of the costs and consistently put in for defense budget cuts.

    During this Dec 2009 speech to the cadets $

    Obama gave the excuse one reason he waited 9 months for the extra troops was because of the painful recession and intensified partisan squabbling in Washington had made it difficult for him to make a commitment.

    “It is easy to forget that when this war began, we were united — bound together by the fresh memory of a horrific attack, and by the determination to defend our homeland and the values we hold dear,” Obama said.

    “Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011,” Obama said.

    Obama explained setting a withdrawal date to hurry the building up the capacity of the Afghan government and its security forces.

    “The absence of a time frame for transition would deny us any sense of urgency in working with the Afghan government,” Obama said. “It must be clear that Afghans will have to take responsibility for their security, and that America has no interest in fighting an endless war in Afghanistan.”

    Three main aims: to reverse the Taliban’s momentum, to secure major towns and cities, and to train Afghan forces as quickly as possible.

    “Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan,” Obama said. “Now, we must come together to end this war successfully.”

    “The days of providing a blank check are over,” he said. “We will support Afghan ministries, governors and local leaders that combat corruption and deliver for the people. We expect those who are ineffective or corrupt to be held accountable.”

    Obama also praised Pakistan and promised a deeper partnership.

    Do not forget Republicans said Obama was “DITHERING” on decision-making during 2009.

    Yes, and it took nearly a year for Obama act upon Osama bin Laden’s family mansion, but only 24 hours to dump his body in the sea.

    Do not forget during Obama’s first year as president while he “dithered” the death of our U.S. Soldiers
    and hero’s hit the highest death rate. A death rate higher than when we first went into Afghanistan.
    All the good George Bush had deteriorated back to the conditions at time of 9/11.

    During the first eight months of 2009 nearly 13,000 enemy attacks on our U.S. soldires. More than 2 and 1/2 times the number reported in 2008.

    Obama then began his aiding the farmers in agriculture, building toilets, training Afghan police who shot
    the U.S.soldiers that trained them.

    Going into the recession excuse Obama had for doing nothing his first year in Afganistan and not committing more troops that were needed and setting deadline Obama said

    “That is why our troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended — because the nation that I am most interested in building is our own.”

    I just don’t ever remember Obama saying his goal was to catch Osama bin Laden.

    To refresh memories of Obama’s 2009 speech

    cadets were sleeping and reading “Kill Bin Laden” books waiting for this speech of Obama


    famous photo

  10. retire05 says:

    I wonder if Jeff Zeleny, who wrote this Obama homage, is also available to Obama in the middle of the night for a little “Monica” tribute? Not one mention that the road to kill ObL was started under Bush’s interrogation policies.

    First of all, it is not Obama’s “Afghanistan and Pakistan” policies that people are questioning. It is his foreign policy as a whole. (Mubark needs to go, no he can stay, wait, he needs to go, Qdaffy needs to go, no, wait, he can stay and we are not trying to kill him but we will kill his kids and grandkids, Baby Assad is a strong supporter of democracy, oh wait, maybe not, maybe he should go but wait, he was soooo nice to Nancy Pelosi). Obama vacillates so much on his position on dictators that you feel like you are on a see-saw ride. Now, we watch as the Muslim Brotherhood, no friend to the U.S., replaces a predictible Mubarak and we have no idea who the Libyan rebels are, although some of their leaders have been identified as either Muslim Brotherhood or Al Qaeda.

    Meanwhile, 9-11 families suffer another humiliation knowing that ObL was afforded the honor of being buried using Islamic traditions, while they had no one to bury because their loved ones were turned into the dust that drifted over lower Manhatten on that fateful day.

    While I appreciate the fact that Obama at least had to cajones to let the Navy SEALs kill that Muslim scumbag, I felt his speech was too long, too self-centered, didn’t give President Bush enough credit (knowing it was Bush interrogation policies that got the information on the curriers). There was no sense of “unity” on 9-11-2001, only a sense of shock as we watched the Twin Towers fall and thousands of Americans die. The “unity” set in on 9-12, when America realized we were no longer protected by oceans to keep us safe.

    But it is still a long way to election day, and killing Osama is not going to change Obama’s energy policies, increase the employment rate or make the cost of milk go down to $2.98 as it was when he took office. And it is not going to change the momentum the Muslim Brotherhood is gaining in Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria and the rest of the Middle East.

    I would like to remind Mr. Zeleny that it was his publication, the NY Slimes, that revealed that our intel, on the orders of President Bush, was tracking ObL via his cell phone. Perhaps if the NY Slimes had not acted as an accomplice to ObL, we would have had him a long time ago.

    Obama will see a bump in favorablity. But I don’t think it will last. As millions of Americans continue to struggle to readjust their budgets for the increase in food and gas, as more lose their jobs and job growth continues anemic, the joy that America now has over the killing of the Bag Man of Al Qaeda, will erode. And now, radical Islam has been given their martyr. Almost immediately after it was announced that ObL was dead, and before the POTUS gave his rambling speech, the State Department issued “global” travel warnings for ALL Americans and a heightened terror warning for Western nations.

    The repercussions will come. Yes, I am glad Osama is dead. But the war, contrary to Senator Levin, is not over. It has only enterned a new phrase, and I fear Obama will not be up to the task with his views on terrorism.

    • canary says:

      retire05, you are correct. Senator Levin along with Pelosi was one of Obama’s greatest supporters to not send more troops and pull out of Afghanistan.

      Now Egypt is home of bin Laden’s replacement. And here we are involved in Libya.

      At some point we need to bomb Pakistan’s nuke facility as they can not be trusted. They are angry mobs protesting in their streets holding signs of their martyr holding spears & sticks. Fox keeps praising Obama. CNN HLN is cracking down on the Pakistan’s loyalty.

  11. retire05 says:

    canary, Pakistan is a real problem. God only knows how many billions of $$ we have given them. But they are double dealing snakes in the grass. There is no way that they didn’t know ObL was where he was. How many Pakistanis can afford a $1,000,000.00 compound?

    • canary says:

      It was Obama who sent John Kerry to Pakistan to give 5 Billion as a starter over tea and biscuits.

  12. Natural Born Citizen says:

    It is bizarre that now BHO is saying killing OBL will make us safer, ( The Bush doctrine was preemptive attacks to keep the islamofacists on there heels) not cutting off the head of the snake but letting all of the offspring alone. I think BHO’s plan was two-fold; capture OBL alive and string out a long drawn out show trial, or PO the OBL followers and stir up terrorist attacks across the globe. He wants chaos and anarchy so he has an excuse to clamp down. That’s why he is using the Muslim Brotherhood to stir up demonstrations around the Middle East. He can continue to bankrupt us and further spread our military thin while allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to implement there plan to increase their power. All along while moving to the middle and trying to establish himself as a hawk.
    This SOB will do anything to stay in power.

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