Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CREDIT! Charge it to the Republicans.


I am starting to notice this pattern of what goes on in the mainstream press. The very fact that one president accomplished a difficult mission with success, his critics want to blame him for not crediting the predecessor.

President Barack Obama successfully order the capture or kill of a major terrorist. He succeeds in ordering Navy SEALs to find Osama bin Laden in a town outside of Islamabad, Pakistan. Although the official analysis of the mission is still being detailed, many of his critics felt that former president George W. Bush and his administration deserves most of the credit.

Republicans in less than 24 hours crediting Bush for the negligent interrogations and torture of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Military Base prison. The conservatives fault President Obama for giving a proper burial of bin Laden and not releasing the graphic photos of the dead. Potential presidential candidates are trying their best not to credit Obama for the mission's success.

Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee give praise to the mission, but avoid thanking President Obama for the mission's success.

And even as Rasmussen Polls say no significant bump and the Drudge Report goes forth with the usual race-baiting stories, conservatives are really desperate overlook the fact that a major headache to the United States is no longer among us.

President Obama gets a strong bump in his handling of terrorism, foreign policies and national defense. But still low marks on economy and job production. The Republicans look forward to paint the economy to Obama's domestic polices.

Salon has written an article to the narrative the credit issue.

Expect these talking points from either a conservative or a Republican 

This was all thanks to George W. Bush
This was also thanks to torture
Liberals (and Obama) are not happy enough about bin Laden's death
Bill Clinton is responsible for 9/11
Osama bin Laden wasn't such a big deal anyway
Burying him at sea is a slap in the face to 9/11 victims 
Full-on conspiracy theories - The beginning of the Deather Movement, continuation of the 9/11 Truthers, and the Birther Movement.

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