I suppose BtB cannot ignore the big news of the day that Osama bin Laden has been killed. Good riddance to him. He should rot in hell, next to Arafat, and both their names should be erased for all eternity.
This morning I find two reactions very troubling. One involves the spontaneous public celebrations that apparently took place in our country last night. Is that any different than the Palestinians celebrating the 9/11 attacks, Arik Sharon's strokes and coma, and various mass murders of innocent Jews? I was unnerved by the "joy" expressed by Geraldo Rivera when the news came in to FOX last night, and I am saddened that there were demonstrations of the same in the streets of America. This is uncomfortably similar to what the death-worshipping cultists of radical Islam do. It doesn't seem appropriate for a people who are civilized and love life. It's good for us that he's gone, the entire nation is relieved, we are grateful to our defenders in the military, but celebrations? I don't think so.
The other reaction I find disturbing is the immediate spin in dhimmedia that this is a monumental political victory for Obama. The following "news analysis" at the New York Lib Times was written by one Jeff Zeleny and titled, "President's Vow Fulfilled" (that's President's, not Presidents' -- singular, not plural).
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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... 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.
Maybe I have Obama Derangement Syndrome, comparable to the BDS suffered by so many over the last decade and seemingly continuing into the next. Maybe my opposition to this man is so absolute and has so solidified that I cannot appreciate anything that he does. The thing is, I just don't see this as his personal accomplishment. Of course he allowed for it to happen, but I would have the same (rather minimal) expectation of any president. Maybe I'm wrong but the way I see it, Obama was as lucky that this happened on his watch, as Bush was unfortunate that 9/11 happened on his. Were not both events beyond their personal, direct control?
I could be wrong, but certainly the Sultan was right when he noted that "It's useless to conduct a political debate under these conditions."
.... Are we in a recovery or an economic disaster? If you believe the liars, we're in a recovery. And the only people denying it hate socialism, which as we all know is code, for race. Is Global Warming a serious problem? The liars say yes and that anyone who disagrees is a racist who hates the Third World countries that are suffering from GW. Is ObamaCare... well you get the drill....
If you agree with Obama, you're a liar. And if you disagree with him, you're a racist. It's useless to conduct a political debate under these conditions.
This level of divisiveness is less about Obama, and more about the way the left has used institutions under its control to promote him and silence his critics. And there's a price to pay for that. Constant propaganda works. And it doesn't. You end up with two types of people. One type who believes everything the authorities say. The other who wouldn't believe them if they said the sun was shining.
The media was meant to be a forum, instead it's become a propaganda megaphone. And the alternative is a crowdsourced media. Which is exactly what we have on the internet. Crowdsourced media means more mistakes, but it still beats a one note media apparatus which spends all day blaring OBAMA IS GREAT LOOK HOW GREAT OBAMA IS ISN'T HE GREAT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE HIM ARE RACISTS....
It occurs to me finally that I might not begrudge Obama his "significant victory," "defining moment" and "unmistakable advantage" -- if anyone had likewise held him responsible for the attacks that have occurred during his presidency. His "one note media apparatus" did not allow the Christmas Day bomber, the Times Square bomber or the mass murders at Fort Hood to cast a shadow on his presidency, so it seems to me inconsistent if not unjust that he should get the credit on this day, when the search for bin Laden is finally, thankfully, over.
And so, on reflection, the Sultan is absolutely correct that our divisiveness is less about Obama and more about the institutions of the Left. I don't resent him so much as the psychophants in his media entourage. It wouldn't have been enough for them [Lo Dayevu ??] to say simply that bin laden is dead. The NYT just had to squeeze The Won into that historic headline: Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says
And at one of the NYT "blogs," they spell it out more fully: Bin Laden is Dead, President Obama Says.
All this makes me wonder what the Times headline was when saddam hussein was captured. It's in here somewhere but for the life of me, I can't find it :)
More importantly, I wonder why I'm still blogging if indeed it's "useless to conduct a political debate under these conditions" in which I take issue with everything the enemedia says? Am I simply enabling more divisiveness, or is it worthwhile to push back?
While I get more coffee and read around the innernut, please let me know what you think of all this.