The Washington Post is helping the Obama Administration take their Osama bin Laden victory lap with a slide show that reminds us what happened a year ago when bin laden was finally killed.
Because, you know it was so long ago that we can hardly remember it.
In fact, it’s been repeated so many times in the last year, I was surprised that it’s been a year.
It’s the only successful episode of this administration, and this being an election year, the death of bin Laden is going to be the centrepiece of the campaign.
Meanwhile, everyone is trying to make us forget about the Fast and Furious scandal; the Secret Service scandal; the suicide rate among soldiers; the green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan; the failures of this administration ability to institute COIN (counterinsurgency) in Afghanistan; the reticence of the Pakistani government to assist in the war against terror and demands on control over our tactics for the Afghans.
And — it was just four short years ago that the Obama campaign protested the Hillary Clinton campaign use of bin Laden in the primaries.
So I guess this the victory lap without an end.
I did a brief interview with Hope Hodge of Human Events. She’s their defence and national security reporter. Her column today is entitled On anniversary of bin Laden’s death, outlook still dire for War on Terror. Hope asked me if I thought that making a big deal about the anniversary had any positive effect on the troops:
And a veteran who maintains the popular military blog This Ain’t Hell compared Obama’s grandstanding on the anniversary of the raid to President George W. Bush hanging out a “Mission Accomplished” banner in 2003: unwarranted and without real significance.
“Of course, I’m glad (bin Laden is) dead and I wish he’d been killed sooner. Other than that, I really don’t see the value of bringing it up in an election year,” Jonn Lilyea said. “I think the initial death of bin Laden was a morale booster, but I don’t think these anniversaries serve any purpose, not for troop morale.”
Yeah, I know the “Mission Accomplished” banner was for the sailors on a ship that was returning from a successful mission, but my point was that the Democrats made a big deal about President Bush strutting around the deck of that carrier under the banner, but they don’t see any problem with Obama strutting around taking credit for the Osama ventilation project.
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