Category Archives: Bush
Islamists flew their black flag over the American embassy in Egypt, burned the U.S. consulate in Libya, and murdered four of its staff, including ambassador Chris Stevens - because they hate us, though they say it was because the didn’t like a movie. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued an apology for the movie. Romney immediately came swinging from the trees to attack the apology. Obama was shocked, shocked by Romney’s attack. Obama condemned Romney, then condemned the attackers, and retracted the apology for the movie. Hillary condemned the Libya attack too, but then apologized for the movie.
The Real Clear Politics Morning Note compared Obama’s response favorably to Bush’s original 9/11 response:
“The American people need to know that we’re facing a different enemy than we have ever faced,” Bush added. “This enemy hides in shadows, and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover. But it won’t be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy that tries to hide. But it won’t be able to hide forever. This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe. But they won’t be safe forever.”
On the 11th anniversary of those attacks, the United States was targeted again, this time in Egypt and Libya. Once again, the initial governmental response from the administration was not commensurate with the threat. But today – 11 years to the day that Bush found his voice – President Barack Obama released a forceful statement of his own.
“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens,” the president said this morning. “Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.”
Thirty-five minutes into the president Obama’s campaign reset speech, Mathew Continetti “wanted to tell the president, as the Dude famously screams at Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski, ‘You’re living in the past!’”
AG Eric Holder announced, that under certain conditions, it would be quite all right to kill American citizens overseas.
Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic picked up on this, but why do I think if Bush had said it the legacy media would have given it considerably more attention? True, the WSJ likes the policy. But where’s the outrage we heard concerning mere electronic spying on mere non-American citizens who happened to call or email Americans?
President Obama has continued many Bush policies, from Gitmo, to Iraq, and expanding the war in Afghanistan. He draws the line, however, at withdrawal from golf.
Obama threw a bone to the friendly crowd at the Milwaukee Laborfest on Monday. He yelped that his critics talk about him like a dog. Is he the Big Dog or Big Labor’s lap dog? Speaking of man’s best friend, Tony Blair, in his new book, says Bush has more integrity than nearly every other leader he has met.
The Big Dawg visits Cleveland today. Should be a howl.