Expect to see a lot of this in the future:
his is just sad. First the White House told us bin Laden was firing at the SEALs, using his wife as a shield. Then that story became inoperative, and they said he was unarmed. Now officials are saying that the SEALS shot bin Laden because they thought he might be reaching for a weapon.
So they think the SEALS, who obviously, in my view, were sent into Pakistan to shoot bin Laden, take his body away and dump it into the ocean, need to be defended like a policeman who shoots an unarmed man on the street and says it looked like he was reaching for a gun. Pathetic. We have been trying to kill bin Laden for nearly a decade, and finally succeeded. Great news. Can’t we leave it at that, without the White House muddying the waters with their crime-fighting approach to international terrorism?
That’s Time’s Blog of the Year, upset at being told the truth and demanding more spin, demonstrating what we can expect to see a lot more of in the next few months. Unable to grapple with the fact that a Democratic administration ran a successful mission to get bin Laden, something that eluded the Bush admin for almost eight years, we will be subjected to months of nitpicking- “He waited 16 hours to give the go!” “They are crapping on the troops!” “There was no live video feed!” “The Obama security team is in chaos!” “How did they bungle this!”
As they descend deeper and deeper into the echo chamber, it will just be a known known among the wingnutterati that this was a blown mission. The rest of us will wonder what the hell they are talking about, as the mission was flawless with no American casualties and America’s public enemy #1 dead and buried at sea, but the wingers will know the real truth.
And we all know they will have an assist from the village idiots, too. Here is Marky Mark Halperin, he of the “McCain not knowing how many houses he owns during this economic crash is bad news for Obama” fame, explaining how the administration “blew” the aftermath. Number two is my favorite:
2. Not giving George W. Bush enough credit for helping bring bin Laden to justice: Even if the White House believes the previous occupant had nothing to do with OBL’s ultimate demise, it would have been better for national unity and Obama’s own political fortunes if he had gone out of his way to thank 43. His invitation to Bush to join the event Thursday at Ground Zero (an offer declined) was the right idea, but belated. (Watch “President Obama on the Death of bin Laden.”)
Sure, the mission was a success, but what about Republican fee-fee’s?
You can’t make this shit up.