Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Obama, Bush And Credit For Getting Osama bin Laden

President Obama Announces Osama bin Laden's Death

Using a one-way time machine, somehow President Bush is getting a lot of credit for killing Osama bin Laden almost three years after he left office. On the other hand, Bush supporters say to stop blaming Bush for the failed economy. Which did he have a larger hand in causing.

President Obama made the crucial decision to use Special Forces to get Osama bin Laden instead of dropping bombs and missiles that would have left no evidence of completing the mission. The revisionists are hard at work to spin this into this as an event set up by the Bush administration that just required president Obama to give a simple order. This is an insulting line of thinking meant to diminish the accomplishment of President Obama and his administration in tracking down and taking Osama bin Laden out while boosting the role of tactics used by the Bush administration.

Osama bin Laden was a thread that ran through three administrations starting with President Clinton, but the administration that took him out was that of President Barack Obama. This was something that shut a door on a period of time that changed the United States. The attacks on September 11, 2001 changed the way we live. Terror alerts, security pat downs and ten years of war have worn on the public. The financial and human costs of ten years of war also added to the nation’s burdens.

The image of this one man that acted as an inspiration to a movement hung out there as a myth. He seemed to be untouchable and some doubted that he was still alive. Now Osama bin Laden is gone and amid the sighs of relief comes a campaign to revise history for political purposes. Some seem to be more concerned that this momentous event occurred under the orders of President Barack Obama because it does not fit a certain narrative.

President Bush and President Obama are almost polar opposites in their approaches and demeanor. Bush was prone to bombastic statements such as “shock and awe” and “mission accomplished” while Obama has a more detached low key approach that lends itself to be misinterpreted as being weak on issues such as defense. Obama is a task oriented leader that will weigh options, make a decision and take action. President Obama, the professor, made the call that took out the most wanted man on earth and when it was over he stepped up to a microphone and announced it to the world and left. There was not gloating or bravado, but that part of the mission was accomplished.

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