Friday, May 06, 2011

Death of bin Laden Shines a Spotlight on Leftist Hypocrisy

If nothing else has ever shown the glaring hypocrisy of many leftists in America, the killing of Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011 shines that light on them. From the moment the Astroturf revelers began assembling outside the White House during Barack Obama’s delayed announcement to suddenly embrace all that they protested and condemned during the Bush administration, many on the left have shown themselves once again as hypocrites.

From the time the world witnessed the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, factions of the anti-war left have protested every step taken to counter terror, including outright denial that terror groups like Al Qaeda even exist, much less took part in the attacks. To them and their very vocal supporters, it was an “inside job” designed only to allow America to go to war.

President Bush was labeled a “murderer,” “warmonger,” and calls for his impeachment rang loud. Even after leaving office, that call changed to one of “indictment” for his “war crimes” that continue to this day. We see letters to the editor such as the one National abusers go unpunished that asks, “Osama bin Laden is dead and, as President Obama says, ‘Justice has been done.’ Will we now turn our attention to these offenders: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld?”

Members of the Bush administration are “offenders” for going after mastermind bin Laden, but Obama is justified for killing bin Laden? Does that make any sense?

Within days of that fateful September morning and as President Bush was calling on Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders to surrender Osama bin Laden, we began seeing calls such as “Bush’s war plans likely to violate international law” even as thousands of anti-war protesters assembled outside of the White House to protest going after bin Laden and take on terrorists, after over 2 decades of terrorist attacks against our countries interests abroad and at home.

Now, in spite of calls of “Violation against International Law” from credible sources as Germany’s Der Spiegel and less credible sources like An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, we see jubilation from the left, not the condemnation they assigned to President Bush.

In June 2010 Newsweek was asking “Does Killing Terrorists Actually Prevent Terrorism?” Less than a year ago, September 2010, Newsweek was telling us, “It’s clear we overreacted to 9/11.” and today, Newsweek tells us Obama’s bin Laden strike brought the nation together.

For years we were told of the Bush administration’s use of torture tactics not gleaning anything useful and the expected “Impeach Bush” over their use. Bombastic left-wing orator Keith Olbermann pounced at the chance to take comments made by former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld out of context to boast even Rumsfeld says they were not successful. Olbermann ignores that even Democrat CIA Chief, Leon Panetta admits, “Waterboarding aided bin Laden raid” as well as Rumsfeld’s clarification of the ‘water boarding’ wasn’t used in Guantanamo, but in the “secret prison’s” the left scorned years before.

When Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed, it was Greeted by Media Scowls by all too many in the lamestream media. Bin Laden’s death is met with praise for Obama, ABC’s the View hosts Barbara Walters saying, “I would hate now to be a Republican candidate thinking of running” in the 2012 election while co-host Joy Behar crowed, “they should just skip the next election.”

Even more telling, how often we saw condemnations of the Troops in the past, deceased Representative John Murtha having once accused US Marines of “cold-blooded murder” in Haditha while Sen. Dick Durbin compared them to Nazi’s. We even saw outrage towards the Navy SEALS as just a couple years ago, we saw where Navy SEALs May Go to Prison for Giving a Fat Lip to Islamic Terrorist when Bush was president.

Today we see calls for a ticker tape parade for Navy SEALs who killed bin Laden when Obama is president.

Reports that bin Laden was unarmed and in custody when he was killed are written off with a ‘who cares’ attitude. A few years ago, Capt. Rogelio Maynulet ouster from the Army for the shooting death of a wounded Iraqi terrorist was largely applauded by some.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully agree that killing bin Laden was necessary, but I didn’t see the need to condemn every move President Bush made during his administration either, as did many of those shouting loud approval today for what that they condemned before.

And still, the one thing that continues to not make a lick of sense to me, is Obama and the lefts call for continuation of national unity when we are not even close to be unified due in large part to their condemnation of the very acts they embrace today while President Bush was in office.

The road leading to killing Osama bin Laden was paved years ago. The left condemned it then but applaud it now.

Today, they wrap themselves in the American Flag and chant “USA, USA, USA” when during the Bush years, we conservatives were accused of “extremism” for doing just that while they burned the flag and defecated on it.

Threats of increased terrorist activity are scoffed at now, but were used to oppose the War on Terror when Bush was in office.

Barney Frank lambastes the right for “politicizing” the killing of bin Laden, but the day after the news was released Democrats were seen outlining plans to seize the opportunity to portray President Barack Obama as a decisive leader even though he waited 16 hours before giving his approval for the raid.

Compare that to the twisting of the 7 minutes where Bush was accused of inaction when sitting before a class of children on 9/11.

While I could go on and on giving pages of examples, it is clear how many on the left are complete hypocrites when it comes to our Troops, defending America and standing up to terrorism.

No, not all, but enough to keep this country permanently divided.

As I have said before, if the only standards you have are double standards, you have no standards at all.

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