U.S..Representative Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, blasted Republican Eric Cantor yesterday for congratulating former President George W. Bush on Usama bin Laden’s death. Frank accused Cantor of ‘politicizing’ the military operation in Pakistan that resulted in the death of the head of Al Qaeda and mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The video of Frank’s statement can be found at Real Clear Politics.
However, Cantor actually gave credit to both Bush and Obama, which is only fitting given that the military and intelligence groundwork for Sunday’s operation was laid by the Bush Administration at a time when the former Senator Barack Obama was fighting the war on terror every step of the way.
In addition, Democrats who routinely castigated and demonized George W. Bush for his efforts to thwart Al Qaeda are now speaking of Barack Obama in terms of ‘great heroism and immense courage.’ Barbara Walters went as far as to state on her television program that she ‘would hate to be a Republican running against Obama,’ as if Americans will in one accord give full credit to Barack Obama for ‘getting bin Laden.’
First of all, sitting in front of a TV watching the action inside the secured confines of the White House situation room is hardly an act of heroism or courage. That distinction belongs to the brave Navy Seals who carried out the operation. And an enormous amount of credit goes to General David Patraeus.
But without the years of intelligence-gathering and planning by the Bush Administration and the U.S. military, the U.S. would not have been successful in getting bin Laden on Sunday.
Does this mean, then, that Barney Frank and his colleagues are politicizing the event to their benefit by refusing to acknowledge Bush’s role in getting bin Laden?
Second, Obama barely mentioned George W. Bush in his statement Sunday evening. The claim by some Obama-apologists that he thanked Bush is simply false. Anyone can view the video and readily see that the only thing Obama said about Bush was that it had been the goal of both the Bush Administration and his Administration to either capture or kill the terrorist. But nowhere did he thank Bush for laying the foundation for Sunday’s operation..
Thus, it is the Left-wing, the Liberals, the Democrats, who are politicizing the issue. Remember, Barney Frank charged Eric Cantor with politicizing the issue merely because Cantor thanked Bush in addition to thanking Obama. It is therefore clear that in Frank’s view, the mere mention of Bush in the mix is an act of politicization.
The statement is a clear indication that Democrats and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media have already created the template for the Presidential campaign of 2012–give all the credit to Obama and charge anyone who also gives credit to Bush with playing politics.
But, the campaign mantra Bill Clinton used against George Herbert Walker Bush in 1992 is still valid today–‘it’s the economy, stupid.’ Bush enjoyed a 90% approval rating after the Gulf war. In less than a year his approval rating had tanked, and Clinton won on the basis of a weak economy.
And that weak economy in 1992 is like a burst of massive prosperity when compared to this economy and its outrageous gasoline prices, which are caused directly by Obama’s disastrous energy policy.
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