Obama Made Eradicating Osama A Top Priority. Bush, Not So Much.
President Barack Obama kept his promise to the American people that he would capture or kill terrorist Osama bin Laden. In 2008 he made a campaign promise during a presidential debate moderated by Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric. Barack Obama said,
“And we have a difficult situation in Pakistan. I believe that part of the reason we have a difficult situation is because we made a bad judgment going into Iraq in the first place when we hadn’t finished the job of hunting down bin Laden and crushing al-Qaida.
So what happened was we got distracted, we diverted resources, and ultimately bin Laden escaped, set up base camps in the mountains of Pakistan in the northwest provinces there.
They are now raiding our troops in Afghanistan, destabilizing the situation. They’re stronger now than at any time since 2001. And that’s why I think it’s so important for us to reverse course because that’s the central front on terrorism. They are plotting to kill Americans right now. As Secretary Gates, the Defense secretary, said, the war against terrorism began in that region, and that’s where it will end.
So part of the reason I think it’s so important for us to end the war in Iraq is to be able to get more troops into Afghanistan, put more pressure on the Afghan government to do what it needs to do, eliminate some of the drug trafficking that’s funding terrorism.
But I do believe that we have to change our policies with Pakistan. We can’t coddle, as we did, a dictator, give him billions of dollars, and then he’s making peace treaties with the Taliban and militants. What I have said is we’re going encourage democracy in Pakistan, expand our non-military aid to Pakistan so that they have more of a stake in working with us, but insisting that they go after these militants.
And if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out.
We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority.“
Later, as politico.com reminds us, “On June 2, 2009, just over four months into his presidency, Obama had signed a memo to CIA Director Leon Panetta stating,
“in order to ensure that we have expanded every effort, I direct you to provide me within 30 days a detailed operation plan for locating and bringing to justice’ bin Laden.“
Then in September of 2010, during a White House news conference, President Obama reiterated his commitment to “capturing or killing” Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“I think capturing or killing [them] would be extremely important to our national security,” he said. “Doesn’t solve all our problems, but it remains a high priority of this administration.”
On May 1, 2011 President Obama delivered on his promise when Osama bin Laden was shot and killed during a Navy SEAL ambush of his hideout in Pakistan.
In stark contrast to the priority of President Obama, former President George W. Bush’s commitment to finding and capturing or killing bin Laden waned with the passage of time and his inability to locate the madman.
Two days after the 9/11 attacks, Bush said,
“The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.”
Shortly thereafter on September 17, 2001 Bush upped the ante and said,
“I want justice…There’s an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive,'”
As Bush’s search for bin Laden was proving fruitless with the passege of time however, he began to change his tune. On March 13, 2002 he said,
“I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”
That same day Bush added,
“I am truly not that concerned about him.”
George W. Bush was not lying in 2002. From that point onward until the 2008 election he seldom ever mentioned the name of Osama bin Laden again.
OK then, now that we’re finished with that, let’s have some fun with a song parody. Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the parody.
F Troop theme link: http://www.televisiontunes.com/F_Troop.html
(sung to the television theme of “F Troop”)
The dawn of the Iraq War was near
Cheney and Bush got the limits pushed
And commenced torturous brutality.
The methods employed often maimed and killed
Which pleased Cheney’s vicious group.
The waterboard trick both chilled and thrilled
Nobody was appalled they were called Bush Troop.
With testicle bites and really bright lights
Their victims sure took a lickin’
From draft dodging war hawks
Who are just chickens.
When killing and maiming get them down
They know their morale can’t droop.
As long as they own old D.C. Town
They are sure to resume with a bang and a boom