I know, I wasn’t going to say anymore . . . but, goddamn folks, sometimes people I know do some dumbass stuff.
With Dead Mass Murderer Dead (Or Not, ‘Cause We Know the President is Likely a Lying Negro) Day just about over, there is still a meme floating around that I’m seeing here and there on Facebook. Pretty much, “Obama didn’t kill him, a solder–who Obama was debating paying a few weeks ago–killed him. It’s not a victory for Obama, it’s a victory for AMERICA!” All one needs do is slap on a “Fuck, yah!” after “AMERICA” and the sweet scent of jingoistic bullshit would be complete.
As I’d already said, yes, the President didn’t stomp on in and kill bin Laden himself; no one is denying that. But it’s the whole tone that simply pisses me off to no end, because it seems that no matter what happens that might shed the President in any sort of nice light, you’re gonna have haters who will do what they can to piss on the man’s parade.
lets get is straight: it was considered a priority by the administration to smoke bin Laden. Obama said that during the second debate, and so it came to past. He authorized the investigation months ago to track the guy down, and when it looked like they had him, gave the green light. That’s what a leader does; authorize all the way down the line.
But, hey, Bush went off cherry picked bullshit intelligence and his gut and let Mr. Wanted Dead or Alive vanish into Pakistan so he could go ”get ” Saddam instead, which he did–at a cost of about half a trillion totally off the books and over 4000 dead. You know that recession you’ve been living through the last three years? See, that’s the difference between being a leader and “prezidentin’”, and if you think the later is better, then you should try prying your head from out of your buttocks.
As far as “debatin’ paying the soldiers” a few weeks back . . . people who think that must be as stupid Eric Cantor, who thinks the House GOP can make a bill law if they say it’s law. The only “debating” about soldiers getting paid came during budget debates–or as I like to call them, Boehner’s Circle Jerks. You know, the debates that decided Medicare and Planned Parenthood and the NPR were causing the US to sink right into the shitter, but cutting the military budget–now you’re talking sacred cows.
And if you know how the budget is really passed, you’d know the only way Obama would keep a solder from getting paid is if (a) Congress said he could, or (b) he vetoed the budget because it was total bullshit. And even then the solder is probably going to get paid, because it’s very likely an emergency appropriation would be whistled up and passed to keep the military going. You know, as Bush did all the time with Iraq: his “I need $80 billion to keep the lights on, gimme the money or the terrorists win” style of prezidentin’.
Lastly: a victory for America? Hardly. As long as we’re buying oil from Saudi Arabia–bin Laden’s home, and the center of most of the truly radical Islam in the world today–we’re keeping the radical party going. Osama’s gone, but other assholes will step up to take his place in time. Will they be as bad? One never knows. It’s the way of the world.
Right now, however, the asshole brigade is out in force here. If Bush had managed to do something beside blame everything bad that happen to him on someone else, he might have understood the whole concept of “leadership”. He wasn’t going to do that, though; his whole life had been one of getting by on bullshit and mirrors, and why change once you’re in the Oval Office?
One can imagine, however, how people would have acted had bin Laden been capped before Bush ran the country into the ground and secured his place in history as the worst president ever. There would have been a huge media show, akin to his “Mission Accomplished” event on the Lincoln, although instead of strutting around in a flight suit so everyone could marvel at the Presidential Codpiece, Bush would have likely had bin Laden’s head on a pike, thrusting it into every camera immortalizing the event, then probably tossed it down a well before muttering, “Get to killin’ in Iraq. Lets roll”.
People would have ate it up. Marginalize Bush, the Great Prezidentin’ Killer of The Most Wanted Man Alive? Not a fucking chance. And anyone who would have tried to rain on this parade would have gotten a kick in the nuts for their troubles. Because no one marginalized Junior. You only did so at your own risk, ’cause such was the power of the 8 year long 2 Minute Hate we lived through.
As I said earlier, there is a segment of this country that will never acknowledge anything the current president does as being “good”. ’Cause to do that it to acknowledge he is legitimate, and they just aren’t about to do that. Because just as they would have splooged red, white and blue for Bush, they are never, ever going to admit that Obama is anything but an interloper. As said in the TV movie The Man, where James Earl Jones portraied the first black President of the United States, “The White House just ain’t as white as it used to be”.
And really, is there any other reason?