Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

Phillips: “Obama And His Regime Are Not Real Americans”

I’ve been thinking, the Tea Party, Donald Trump, Caribou Barbie and the other Obama haters are making it really easy for President Obama to win re-election in 2012 with their vitriol and insanity. 

Those people are batshit insane!

Right Wing Watch

Tea Party Nation thinks everything about the successful operation to find and kill Osama bin Laden was an “epic fail”: it occurred in a foreign country, Obama didn’t smile or celebrate, he announced the news during the Celebrity Apprentice and bin Laden’s corpse wasn’t covered in pig fat. Philips, the president of Tea Party Nation, now claims that Obama “is either insane or has a suicide wish” because the administration decided against release a photograph of bin Laden’s mangled corpse. According to Phillips, the mission to kill bin Laden and the aftermath proves that Obama and his administration are not only weak but also aren’t “Real Americans” who “love their country” and “want to see their country prevail.”

In a sane world certain things make sense. You fight to win. You fight because you are right. You do not let thugs; bandits, criminals and bullies dictate what you do or how you fight.

This is particularly true when you are the United States of America. Yet the most powerful nation in the world is acting like a country that is either insane or has a suicide wish.

Only a few short days ago, American forces killed the most wanted man in the world. After the raid that killed him, we took Osama bin Laden’s body with us, back to a U.S. Navy warship. Instead of cleaning him up, like we did the son’s of Sadam Hussein, so we could present proof positive that we had killed him; he was quickly buried at sea, allegedly in accordance with Islamic sensibilities.

We are at war with at least radical Islam, if not Islam itself. We are told repeatedly that Bin Laden is not a true Muslim, yet we have to give him a Muslim funeral and the need to do that trumps all other considerations?

Real Americans love their country. Real Americans want to see their country prevail. Real Americans love their countrymen who sacrifice so much to make this country free.

Obama and his regime are not real Americans. And with Obama and his team at the helm of government, it is a world gone mad.

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Bill Maher: I’d Bet My Own Money On ‘Multi-Tasking Ninja’ Obama Getting Re-Elected

Sometimes Mediaite, with its “right of center” orientation comes up with some good articles.  This is one of them…

Mediaite

Bill Maher was in high spirits last night appearing with Joy Beharto celebrate President Obama’s national security success with Obama and laughing, “this has got to eat at [Republicans] because this is supposed to be what they’re good at.” Maher was so impressed with our President, the “multi-tasking ninja,” that he concluded if Republicans can’t give Obama credit now, then they probably wouldn’t ever be able to do it for anything.

Maher particularly focused on the “faded clown” Donald Trump:

“When I hear Donald Trump say ‘he’s the worst president ever’ – really? You know – got health care passed, stopped a depression from happening, you know the economy, the shape it was in compared to where it is now, finally got this bin Laden monkey off our back. It’s just hatred. They’re just haters.”

One point of clarification though, Trump’s criticism of Obama was made before Bin Laden’s death, and since the capture, Trump wisely demonstrated a different, congratulatory tone towards Obama.

Maher was much funnier though addressing some of the other potential Republican presidential candidates. Suggesting Republicans “can’t rely on Tim Pawlenty’s raw sex appeal forever” and that Michele Bachmann is “for people who find Sarah Palin too intellectual,” Maher made a confident prediction. Maher declared, “if I was betting my own money, I would bet anything on [Obama's] re-election.” If the election were held very soon that certainly seems like a smart bet, but with the election still far away, only time will tell if Obama’s earned goodwill can hold over.

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Olbermann: GOP narrative of Obama is ‘as dead as bin Laden’

I would agree with Keith Olbermann in this instance…

FOK News (Keith Olbermann Blog)

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Right-Wing Media Embrace Latest Anti-Obama Conspiracy Theory: Bin Laden Might Not Be Dead

Personally I don’t give a rat’s behind what the right-wing media thinks.  This notion that President Obama needs to prove himself at every turn is getting tiresome and frankly rather nutty.

First it’s “prove to us you are an American.”  “Prove to us that you attended Columbia and Harvard.” “Prove to us you are a Christian.” “Prove to us you are not a Muslim.”  “Prove to us you killed Osama bin Laden“.

For them, I say…

Just apply the lyrics to the “deathers” as well as “birthers”.

Media Matters

Only On Fox Business: Questions About Whether Bin Laden Is Dead

Fox’s Napolitano Wonders If Gov’t. Is “Telling The Truth” About Bin Laden Or “Pulling A Fast One To Save Obama’s Lousy Presidency”

Fox Business’ Napolitano Asks Guest: “Do You Believe” Bin Laden Is “Dead, Or Do You Want Some More Evidence?”

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NBC: George W. Bush Declines Obama’s Invitation to Visit Ground Zero

Former President George W. Bush has declined President Obama’s invitation to jointly visit Ground Zero on Thursday. “President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday,” his spokesman told The New York Times. “He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”

MSNBC said Bush plans to mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attack at Ground Zero in September. Obama will visit the site of the World Trade Center on Thursday for the first time as president.  He will meeting with family members of 9/11 victims.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that it’s “terribly important” for Obama to come to Ground Zero again on 10-year anniversary of the attack, and said Obama’s staff said the president is making the trip, but the White House did not confirm Bloomberg’s statements.

 
 

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“Not Bad for a Kenyan Muslim Communist!”

You know, the more I look at the right-wing talking points about President Obama’s role in killing Osama bin Laden, the more I realize that nothing Barack Obama does will make them acknowledge that he is in fact a good president.   They would rather give former President George W. Bush full credit than to even utter President Obama’s name.

On Thursday, the president will go to Ground Zero in New York City to meet with family members of the 9/11 victims.  Obama invited President Bush, but he declined.   I would imagine his refusing to go with Obama is not good publicity for the GOP contenders and clearly a political deceision.

Mother Jones

After nearly two years of relentlessly bashing President Obama, the tea party movement has been strangely quiet in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It seems that Obama’s powerful show of military force has done what none of his other policy moves have been able to do, which is shut them up, however briefly. And not only are they not taking to the airwaves to bash him, some are even grudgingly admitting respect for his administration’s success.

Robin Stublen, a tea party organizer in Florida who’s no fan of Obama’s, says, “I think it’s wonderful. He did exactly what a president’s supposed to do.”

Stublen says that many of his fellow activists feel the same way, and that most of the chatter he’s hearing from grassroots conservatives is pretty positive. “We realize a bad guy’s been killed,” he says. The nearly overnight change in the tea party’s focus was apparent Sunday night at the White House, where spontaneous celebrations broke out after the news of Bin Laden’s death spread. Among the many Obama campaign signs were enough Gadsden flags to give the celebration the look of a tea party rally.

Kellen Giuda is the founder of the NYC Tea Party and is already working to help defeat Obama in 2012 through a new PAC. Yet he was among the tea partiers at the White House, cheering the death of Bin Laden. He later posted online photos and video of the scene, which included the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags so ubiquitous at tea party rallies. He wrote:

Last night I, my girlfriend and a friend went down to the White House to celebrate the death of Osama Bin Laden. Being a Tea Party organizer I was happy to see some Gadsden flags and didn’t care at all when I saw some Obama campaign posters. 98% of the celebration was non-partisan and it was wonderful.

It was crazy with people climbing light poles, songs (someone brought a drum set), singing our national anthem, people climbing in all the trees right outside the White House, chants of USA, USA, USA, and just a great celebration with Americans for justice and freedom.

Even the cantankerous Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, was briefly forced to acknowledge that the Obama administration had sent Bin Laden “to Hell.” Even so, like other tea partiers, he was reluctant to give Obama much credit for the kill, writing:

Obama is taking credit for this. He did give the order. Did he really have a choice? If word leaked out that he had solid intelligence on where Bin Laden was and did not act, it would have killed any chance he had at reelection.

For much of Monday morning, there was serious radio silence from one of the most outspoken tea party groups even as the Internet was ablaze with the news about Bin Laden. The website for Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest tea party umbrella groups in the country, was still focused on the debt ceiling and $4 gasoline. Eventually, national coordinator Mark Meckler commented on the big news, telling National Journal that Obama didn’t deserve any recognition for the military operation in Pakistan. “Taking such credit would be an insult to the courageous men and women in our armed forces who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way,” he said. “Any credit given is due to them.”

But more the more common sentiment was expressed by a commenter on the Tea Party Patriots website who wrote, “Obamma [sic] killed Osama bin Laden – pretty good for a Kenyan Muslim Communist!!!”

Still, as the euphoria over the initial news wears off, the tea partiers will no doubt find more reasons to be critical of the administration. Within hours of the late-night news, some of them were already starting the cries of “show me the body,” after learning that bin Laden’s body had been buried at sea—a sentiment fueled by Andrew Breitbart.

Stublen thinks this bit of conspiracy theorism about Bin Laden is on the margins of the movement. “You’ll have to really look to find some loons to find someone” who really disagrees with what Obama did or doesn’t believe it really happened, he says. Stublen recognizes, though, that “pitching his ass out there in the ocean” is going to create some lingering suspicions about whether Bin Laden is really dead that it could be a problem going forward. “I hope they got a lot of pictures. That’s the only way we’re going to convince people,” Stublen says. “They’re going to have to release the pictures.”

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By The Numbers: The hunt for Osama bin Laden

The Week

Nearly 10 years after September 11, the terrorist leader has been killed… but at what (human and financial) cost?

The successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound Sunday, and the subsequent killing of the terrorist leader, came nearly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks he engineered. Over those 10 years, the U.S. spent tens of billions on intelligence operations and aiding the Pakistani military. Here, a brief guide by the numbers:

2,819
Total number of people killed in the 9/11 attacks, per official figures

20
Percent of Americans that knew someone injured or killed in the attacks

26
Days that had passed since 9/11 before the U.S. started bombing Afghanistan

Nearly $5.3 billion
Amount of aid the U.S. funneled to Pakistan in the 1980s during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, indirectly funding the rise of the Taliban

$5.4 billion
Amount of military aid the U.S. gave to Pakistan from 2002 to 2008 to help that country’s military patrol the Afghan border where the Taliban and al Qaeda have been known to take shelter

70
Percent of that aid that was allegedly “misspent” on expenditures, such as a new house for a Pakistani general

1,000
Number of “terrorists” Pakistani officials claim to have killed between 2002 and 2008

Nearly 10
Number of years that Osama bin Laden eluded capture

Less than 40
Number of minutes U.S. special forces spent at bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to complete the mission that killed him

At least 9
Number of planning meetings in which Obama participated prior to the raid that killed bin Laden

20 to 25
Number of Navy SEALs who carried out the raid mission

0
Casualties sustained by U.S. forces in the raid

3
Number of men, in addition to bin Laden, killed in the raid. One of the casualties was bin Laden’s son.

1
Number of women used as a human shield and killed in the raid

$80 billion
Approximate cost of maintaining U.S. intelligence operations for one year

$40 billion
Approximate cost of doing so a decade ago. “Bin Laden and what happened on 9/11 contributed to an enormous increase in intelligence spending that would have to be measured in the many tens of billions of cumulative dollars by now,” says Michael O’Hanlon at Marketplace.

99.9
Percent accuracy, according to officials, of a DNA test confirming that the man shot in Abbottabad on Sunday was indeed Osama bin Laden

Sources: New York, Newsweek, Guardian, Marketplace, TIME

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MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell: “Who’s soft on Defense?”

Democratic Underground

For years the conventional wisdom in politics has been that Democrats are soft on matters of defense.
So how does the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden change that notion?

Lawrence has the answer in the Rewrite.

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