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Do I Hear Cheers for George W. Bush?
Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2011 | Emmett Tyrrell

Posted on 05/05/2011 6:01:51 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON -- I in my innocence was, in the aftermath of SEAL Team Six's disruption of Osama bin Laden's bucolic life in posh Abbottabad, reading editorial comment by the great newspapers of this republic. As always, the Wall Street Journal was superb, pausing to congratulate President Barack Obama for "ordering a special forces mission rather than settling for another attack with drones or stand-off weapons from afar."

The Washington Post was, likewise, informative and appreciative of the president's prudent decision to let SEAL Team Six do its thing, skirting the laws of a sovereign nation and acting unilaterally to put a bullet hole in Osama's head.

Then I turned to our nation's newspaper of record, The New York Times. Not once but twice the Times' editorialists departed from heaving confetti to remind us all of George W. Bush, the war criminal. They could have maintained a gentlemanly forbearance. They could have stifled their urge to again vent their hatred of this man and instead join in our national celebration.

Rather, they allowed that little creep that lurks in the back of their minds and serves as a conscience to squeal. All fellow ritualistic liberals have one. It is what lowers every political moment in America, every historic occasion in recent years, to the level of juvenilia. What cads they are!

Now, of course, we know, that Osama was caught precisely because of those much-reviled "enhanced interrogation techniques," including the dreaded "waterboarding" of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several other barbarians. Such actions led to the identification of the courier who traveled the dusty byroads of Afghanistan and Pakistan to deliver Osama's many bulls and fatwas to his agents.

We also know that the CIA interrogators, whom the Democrats and liberals at the Times wanted to prosecute, spent several years sifting through the information, some reliable some not, to find the one place in this world where the dog Osama was hiding. Doubtless, over these many years, they have been wrong. But this time, they were right, so in the event that some had their careers set back and others destroyed, can we now return these intelligence officers to favor? They performed brilliantly. Maybe we can all get a respite from Hollywood's portrayals of American heroes as brutes.

We also know that our intelligence community resorted to intercepted communications to identify Osama's agents. Some of these communications were probably routed through America. This at some point involved the "domestic wiretapping" that the Times exposed some years ago. Very few complained, for the Times was securing our civil liberties and those of foreign agents. In fact, there was general celebration among the liberals at the Times' heroics. Did that make it all the more difficult to get Osama? Oh, well, Obama got him. As one Jimmy Fallon joked on NBC's "Late Night," "Bin Laden is dead! Just like the Republicans' chances in 2012."

Yet, to answer Mr. Fallon, there is no bump for Obama. Rasmussen reports a one-point bump. Thirty-seven percent of the American people strongly disapprove of our president's behavior. Twenty-four present strongly approve. Over the next few weeks, the White House will continue to make a hash of things, changing its stories, reversing itself on what pictures of the deceased to publish, committing as yet unimagined pratfalls. An incompetent president will continue to be incompetent. The White House is a hell of a place to learn on the job.

One story reported in the news after the operation in Abbottabad suggests the antics we shall be savoring in the weeks ahead. It took Obama 16 hours to make up his mind about the SEALs going in. While around the world the heads of the SEALs' vastly complicated project were on pins and needles, the president went off to sleep on his decision. What would he decide when he awakened?

Reportedly, he informed a national security meeting, "I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now -- I'm going to go back and think about it some more." And then he went off to "sleep on it." The next morning he said, "It's a go."

Yet maybe the next time, there will be no go. Many of the techniques used by our military and intelligence people have been outlawed. They were Bush's tactics and they have been discredited, no?


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush43; bushlegacy; hangover; missmeyet; obamasleeps; operationgeronimo; worldwaits

1 posted on 05/05/2011 6:01:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Crickets chirping.


2 posted on 05/05/2011 6:07:06 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Joey Greco '12)
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To: Kaslin
W will be remembered in history in greater honor than Clinton, Carter and Obama put together.
3 posted on 05/05/2011 6:09:53 AM PDT by mountainlion (America land of the free because of the Brave.)
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To: Kaslin
put a bullet hole in Osama's head.

Apparently he did not see the pictures.

4 posted on 05/05/2011 6:10:22 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: mountainlion
"greater honor than Clinton, Carter and Obama put together."

I know you were trying to give "W" some praise, and I would like to also. However; a new born flea has more honor than KLINTOON, Peanut Rabbit Kartah, and the biggest looser-ZERO.

5 posted on 05/05/2011 6:13:46 AM PDT by DeaconRed (O The carnival barker said: "We don't have time for This silliness" I agree Impeach 0 Now)
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To: Kaslin
Yah... did anyone stop to wonder why Obamy paused 30 to 40 minutes before finally making his announcement Sunday night and why they decided to leak the news to the media before the official announcement. I think the WH called several college campi to inform the "Young Democrats" to come assemble at the WH fence for a spectacle-celebration. They were hoping for a ticker-tape-parade style response. I even heard MSMers like Wolf Blitzed say things like, "people are gathering in the streets worldwide in celebration"... didn't quite materialize... What bugs me most is these people's Self Importance and Self-Righteous-Adulting over regular Americans... makes me want to puke, their "Adultish" airs...
6 posted on 05/05/2011 6:14:06 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: Kaslin

.

http://www.drudgereport.com/

WASHINGTON - George W. Bush won’t be at Ground Zero with President Obama Thursday in part because he feels his team is getting short shrift in the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.

“[Bush] viewed this as an Obama victory lap,” a highly-placed source told the Daily News Wednesday.


7 posted on 05/05/2011 6:14:23 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Kaslin

I was never a Bush basher. I always had respect for the man and his family.

He did some things that I thoroughly did not approve of, but on the whole, I thought he was right most often.

The contrast between the Bushes and the OBama’s is startling. The Bush’s are a class act as far as their personal behavior goes. I only hope we can come up with a decent candidate this next go ‘round to send the obammy’s back to Chicago for goood.........


8 posted on 05/05/2011 6:18:45 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Kaslin

Of course he had to sleep before making the decision. Did you see how busy his weekend was? Did you watch him downing glasses of champagne in between bashing Trump at the WHCD? Man, 9 holes of golf takes it out of a guy. How could he NOT keep those Seals waiting. After all, he is the Lyin King!


9 posted on 05/05/2011 6:20:18 AM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Kaslin

I like what Rush was saying yesterday; If this happened when Bush was in office the libs would be screaming for impeachment for invading a foreign country and murdering civilians, but since our first foreign born Islamic is posing as Potus it’s a different story. Now it’s VE day and Obama is Patton.


10 posted on 05/05/2011 6:25:19 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Do or do not... there is no try)
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To: mountainlion

You said it


11 posted on 05/05/2011 6:30:03 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: basil

I love President Bush. He always wanted to protect the US. I loved him as Gov of Texas, and will continue to respect him.


12 posted on 05/05/2011 6:33:40 AM PDT by JFC
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To: Palladin

More likely he had to go somewhere private to discuss the decision with his real handlers.


13 posted on 05/05/2011 6:33:40 AM PDT by carmody
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To: Michael.SF.

You didn’t either. The picture you saw was a photoshop. We only know what was reported in the news. Mainly that he was shot in the chest and in his forehead, also that part of his brain is exposed and that one eye is completely gone. He was shot by 2 Navy Seals, not one


14 posted on 05/05/2011 6:38:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: basil

President Bush will always remain one of my two favorite presidents


15 posted on 05/05/2011 6:41:53 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I had to laugh yesterday because it was so typical of them. The Houston Comical had a headline 3” high that said
OSAMA WAS UNARMED (oh dear the poor thing). They take their cue from the NYT and they are also going broke. I still subscribe out of habit, but I make them wait for my payment. When they finally fold up I will cheer.


16 posted on 05/05/2011 6:46:00 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Kaslin
The picture you saw was a photoshop.

I am not referring to the photo shop pic that has long been making the rounds, I am referring to the other one.

17 posted on 05/05/2011 6:50:03 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Kaslin
I agree, I love and appreciate George Bush. He made some compromises that I wish he had not done but he, unlike nobama, was a president to ALL the American people not just some of them.
18 posted on 05/05/2011 6:52:30 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I have an emotional attachment to President Bush after I saw him with the bullhorn...and telling us: “I gotta job to do”......then he pitches a strike at the baseball game with his bullet proof vest on, defying the enemy. God Bless Him.


19 posted on 05/05/2011 7:08:32 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: JFC

Unlike the arrogant pos who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave would have declared Texas a disaster area because of the fires that Texas went thru, even if he had not been from TX


20 posted on 05/05/2011 7:11:22 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: mountainlion

“W will be remembered in history in greater honor than Clinton, Carter and Obama put together.”

For putting the country on a path to bankruptcy?
For allowing and encouraging the invasion of illegal Mexicans?


21 posted on 05/05/2011 7:17:06 AM PDT by nbenyo
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To: Kaslin

22 posted on 05/05/2011 7:24:19 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Palladin
Of course he had to sleep before making the decision.

Obama took SIXTEEN HOURS to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission .... Barack Obama kept military commanders hanging by declaring he would 'sleep on it' before taking 16 hours to give the go-ahead to raid Bin Laden's compound. .... The mission looked set to be given the all clear last Thursday when analysts confirmed beyond doubt that Bin Laden was in busy town of Abbottabad in northern Pakistan. ..... But the president stunned officials when he told a national security meeting that he wanted more time to think - and disappeared out of the room. 'I'm not going to tell you what my decision is now - I'm going to go back and think about it some more,' said Obama, according to the New York Times.

23 posted on 05/05/2011 7:26:05 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Polybius

That cartoon says it all


24 posted on 05/05/2011 7:43:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Michael.SF.

Which other one?


25 posted on 05/05/2011 7:45:38 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Ditter

President Bush did his best to unite this great country. 0bama on the other hand divides this country ans that is a fact


26 posted on 05/05/2011 7:49:34 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Blue Turtle

My last straw with GWB was the Oprah interview. He said he refuses to criticize Obama because he hated being criticized himself.
He should never have run for President if he is that thin skinned.


27 posted on 05/05/2011 7:52:21 AM PDT by nbenyo
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To: Kaslin
Absolutely! You are correct, nobama seeks to punish the people who did not vote for him. President George Bush never did that! I admire Bush so much, I see his parents from time to time and I never fail to tell them that.
28 posted on 05/05/2011 7:54:15 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: nbenyo
What you see as thin skinned, I see a being a polite gentleman. Before carter all our presidents were polite gentlemen. carter started a trend among dem presidents, George Bush refuses to follow suit.
29 posted on 05/05/2011 8:01:19 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Kaslin
The one that showed Bin Laden with the middle portion of his head torn away, exposing his now empty cranium as a result of a shot above the left eye.

There was no hole, as there was nothing left.

I believe Drudge had it.

30 posted on 05/05/2011 8:03:04 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Kaslin
...posh Abbottabad...

So posh it has dirt roads!

31 posted on 05/05/2011 8:06:16 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Michael.SF.

I went to Drudge yesterday, all I saw were pictures of dead guards. If there was a picture of a dead UBL it had been removed.


32 posted on 05/05/2011 8:11:50 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Kaslin

By November 2012, five dollar a gallon gasoline and other economic catastophes propelled by Obama’s incompetence will trump (no pun intended) killing a terrorist...even OBL.


33 posted on 05/05/2011 8:14:45 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: nbenyo
September 19, 2008 there was a run $250Billion on the banks that would have taken the banking system down. The democrats approved the move so it was not just W. The democrats were in charge at last and passed much that W did not like. No one is perfect. W was much better than the lying news media reported and the demoRats.
34 posted on 05/05/2011 8:29:00 AM PDT by mountainlion (America land of the free because of the Brave.)
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To: mountainlion

GWB increased the national debt by 5 trillion. That is unconscionable. And Obama and Clinton did more to enforce immigration laws than GWB. That is pathetic.


35 posted on 05/05/2011 8:43:13 AM PDT by nbenyo
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To: Kaslin

Do I Hear Cheers for George W. Bush?. No but I do hear a giant sucking sound from the media as Obama nears.


36 posted on 05/05/2011 8:59:27 AM PDT by Vaduz
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37 posted on 05/05/2011 9:19:41 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Vaduz

Eff the Lame Stream Media


38 posted on 05/05/2011 9:31:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Ditter

Bump to an excellent reply to some loser who suffers from BDS


39 posted on 05/05/2011 9:35:26 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Agree


40 posted on 05/05/2011 9:36:55 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Michael.SF.
Are you talking about this one

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2714482/posts?page=67#67 This is a fake

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2714482/posts?page=62#62

The third link in post#62 gets you to the original photo and the guy doesn't even look like UBL

41 posted on 05/05/2011 9:59:54 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Got it. Thanks.


42 posted on 05/05/2011 10:42:53 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Kaslin

bump


43 posted on 05/05/2011 12:12:57 PM PDT by Christian4Bush (Public Service Announcement. As of 5/5/11, 551 days 'til we take out the trash. (November 6 2012))
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To: Michael.SF.

You’re welcome


44 posted on 05/05/2011 12:29:56 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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