As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “I hope that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are. – Wall Street Journal
Only a Republican could get away with a statement like this one.
Karl Rove obviously didn’t read The New Yorker‘s account of “Getting Bin Laden,” by Nicholas Schmidle.
Mr. Rove’s entire op-ed is a petty belch, but the real insult is Rove’s flippant assertion that the mission to kill Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan wasn’t an “epic achievement” by SEAL Team Six, as well as one hell of a gamble by Pres. Obama.
What gives Rove the nerve to be so disrespectful?
It’s that he knows Democrats won’t mount an argument and make what he wrote in his Wall Street Journal op-ed an issue.
It’s because he doesn’t know the risk or the cost of such a mission. He’s a man who never served a day or faced an armed enemy, but who did have the gall to expose a C.I.A. NOC, Valerie Plame, causing sources to be burned, all for political reasons.
Karl Rove, a creature of Lee Atwater, is someone who began our walk into scorched earth partisanship, which he shows today by making the killing of Osama bin Laden a partisan event.
For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are. – Karl Rove
Can you imagine the spectacle Republicans would have made about a Democrat equal to Rove’s standing saying the killing of the mastermind of 9/11 wasn’t an “epic achievement”? Limbaugh and Hannity’s heads would have exploded, with Fox News running clips of the slur all day long.
Rove also forgets that one other commander in chief didn’t exactly think bin Laden on the loose mattered.
“I just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.” – Pres. George W. Bush (see video above)
The Democrats should have taken Karl Rove to the woodshed on this one.
Pres. Obama did what George W. Bush didn’t do and couldn’t get accomplished. He did it by ordering a very risky mission inside of Pakistan that was significantly dangerous. By all accounts it was harrowing, with the booty recovered inside Osama bin Laden’s lair reportedly impressive, making it worth the risk, according to experts.
There is no hope for us unless we can all agree on certain very simple facts and the appreciation of a job well done for this country.
One of those is the order by Pres. Obama and the subsequent carrying out of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden by SEAL Team Six.
Michael Moore and others have argued bin Laden should have been tried, but that’s another subject. There should be no disagreement, disrespect or dissembling of the magnitude of what Pres. Obama ordered done.
That Karl Rove would reveal his sour grapes openly and without a hint of self-awareness on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal is an unprecedented act of gracelessness.