May 12, 2011

THE BEST CASE FOR ELECTING THE UR WAS ALWAYS THAT HE WAS THE QUINTESSENTIAL STATUS QUO FIGURE... :

Tough Times for Radical Islam: Osama bin Laden’s world of terrorism no longer exists. (Victor Davis Hanson, 5/12/11, National Review)

[T]here is a final development that caused headaches for radical Islam — the end of the American hysteria over the legality and morality of its own antiterrorism measures.

Although candidate Barack Obama was elected as the anti-Bush who promised to repeal the Republican president’s protocols and end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Obama did no such thing. He continued the Bush–Petraeus withdrawal plan in Iraq. He escalated in Afghanistan. He kept all the antiterrorism measures that he had once derided. And he expanded the Predator-drone assassination missions fivefold, while sending commandos inside Pakistan to kill — not capture or put on trial — bin Laden. He ignored most recommendations from Attorney General Eric Holder and guessed rightly that his own left-wing base would keep largely quiet.

The effect was twofold. America kept up the pressure on terrorists and their supporters. And the liberal opposition to our antiterrorist policies simply evaporated once Obama became commander-in-chief.

Some who once protested the removal of Saddam lauded the efforts to do the same to Qaddafi. Those who once sued on behalf of detainees at Guantanamo joined the government to ensure the Predator-drone targeted-killing program continued.

The chances in 2012 that the buffoonish Michael Moore — who once praised the Iraqi insurgents — will again be feted as a guest of honor at the Democratic National Convention, as he was in 2004, or that Cindy Sheehan will grab headlines for a second time, are zero.

Polls show that Obama’s America is still just as unpopular among Middle Easterners as it was under George W. Bush. But now a much different media assumes that the problem is theirs, not America’s. In this brave new world, the American liberal community is now invested in the continuance of the once-despised Bush antiterrorism program and the projection of force abroad — and has little sympathy for foreign criticism of an American president.

Quite simply, bin Laden’s world of 2001 no longer exists. That’s mostly good for us, but it’s also quite bad for the dead terrorist’s followers.


...a case that has played out so well it seems to prove Bismarck right. He'll leave office having changed almost nothing but having gotten the Left to shut up while we finished the WoT. Like Nixon going to China, he's been able to wage the war with complete disregard for "international law" and "human rights" without so much as a peep from the folks who thought such things made W a Hitler.


MORE (via Matt Murphy):
Barack Obama action figure styled as Rambo, Navy SEAL Team Six (The Courier-Mail, May 12, 2011)

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has been immortalised in plastic as a Rambo-style SEAL to celebrate the killing of al-Qa'ida chief Osama bin Laden.

Toymaker Herobuilders, famed for making sixth-scale action figures of famous political figures, said: "We call him Rambama.


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