The right-wing noise machine cannot help themselves

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Nicole Belle at caught this bit of ugliness on Fox News last night, Fox News Just Can't Help Themselves:

I know, I know…their names are similar and after two and a half years in the Oval Office, people go on auto pilot and type Obama rather than Osama…but really, do you think it's a just coincidence that it's happening on Fox News affiliates? Again?


And lest you think I hold only disdain for Fox News, look at Drudge's editorial slant on the big news of the day.


Riiight, because it's all about "The Donald" in Drudge world.

The right-wing noise machine talking point today is that George W. Bush deserves credit for the success of the Obama administration in locating and killing Osama bin Laden. Well, they are experts at revisionist history and self-delusion.

Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly sets the record straight:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), shortly after President Obama's remarks on Osama bin Laden, issued a related statement. It included this gem:

"I commend President Obama who has followed the vigilance of President Bush in bringing Bin Laden to justice." 

There's a fair amount of this rhetoric bouncing around this morning, and it's not especially surprising — Republicans aren't going to credit President Obama, regardless of merit, so it stands to reason they'll try to bring George W. Bush into the picture.

If this is going to be a new GOP talking point, we might as well set the record straight.

In March 2002, just six months after 9/11, Bush said of bin Laden, "I truly am not that concerned about him…. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, to be honest with you."

In July 2006, we learned that the Bush administration closed its unit that had been hunting bin Laden.

In September 2006, Bush told Fred Barnes, one of his most sycophantic media allies, that an "emphasis on bin Laden doesn't fit with the administration's strategy for combating terrorism."

And don't even get me started on Bush's failed strategy that allowed bin Laden to escape from Tora Bora.

I'm happy to extend plenty of credit to all kinds of officials throughout the government, but crediting Bush's "vigilance" on bin Laden is deeply silly.

And in a moment of irony on the death of Osama bin Laden, Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech was eight years ago to the day.


0 responses to “The right-wing noise machine cannot help themselves

  1. If we are going to try to put a timeline on Bin Laden’s interactions with us (the USA) we should start sooner.
    In the 90’s Al Queda, presumably with Bin Laden’s guidance, attacked US embassies and warships. This led to a Clinton administration investigation and ultimately an indictment. Clinton left a warning about Bin Laden for the incoming W. Bush that appeared in the now famous Daily Briefing. Bush ignored it.
    After 9/11/2001 Bush made his saber rattling “Dead or Alive” statements and then several months later indicated he really didn’t care about pursuing Bin Laden.
    The special investigative team put together by Bush to find Bin Laden was not really disbanded but according to Jane Harmon was folded into a broader anti-terrorism unit.
    It looked like Bin Laden could have been taken out at Tora Bora but apparently there was some kind of chain-of-command problem and by the time the field commander got the ok Bin Laden was gone.
    There isn’t much to tell until the Obama administration got the job done.
    The quick summary is: Clinton went after Bin Laden and did what he could, Bush used Bin Laden for political reasons, Obama got him.

    My personal opinion is that the Bush/Cheney administration was quite happy to “Keep fear alive”.

  2. Sarka Scarpulla

    Any truth that the Donald has already requested the ‘long form’ death certificate for Usama?