By Andrew Steele
President Obama is trying to appeal to his jilted, antiwar liberal base (and perhaps even making a Hail Mary throw for some Ron Paul supporters) during this (s)election season by telling the public during his weekly Internet address that “… his goal of defeating al-Qaida is within reach and that it’s time to turn the country’s attention to domestic concerns”.
Pretending that he ending the war in Afghanistan and that he’s not trying to start new ones in Syria, Iran, and on the African continent, Obama claims that he’s calling on Congress to “…take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt and use the other half to rebuild America”, referring to the black hole U.S. debt that can never be paid off and promising to continue big government spending by shifting funding numbers from useless wars to economically detrimental government programs.
President Obama also took the opportunity to remind the public of the raid that supposedly killed Osama bin Laden a year ago and sent the nation into a sudden celebration of blood lust. DNA that could have been taken at any time from anywhere was offered up as “proof” that Seal Team 6 did the deed. However, the President hasn’t released any photographs or videos of bin Laden’s dead body– despite a lawsuit by Judicial Watch to force the CIA and DoD to do so– or produced a body for independent analysis (because the U.S. government supposedly threw bin Laden’s body in the ocean within hours of killing him). All but a handful of skeptical reporters have accepted the President’s ‘come on, just trust me’ evidence and inducted the bin Laden death tale into American gospel.
Last May, on the program 60 Minutes the President said of the alleged bin Laden death photos (from CBS):
“It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” said the president.
“We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Mr. Obama added. “The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received.”
While Obama supposedly didn’t want to have evidence of the bin Laden death used as “propaganda” or as a “trophy”, that’s exactly what he’s using the death itself for now. Running on what is sold as one of the President’s biggest accomplishments, Obama’s public triumph is a myth based on no hard evidence that anything was done by Seal Team 6 on May 1st, 2011 other than killing some people in Abbottabad, Pakistan and claiming afterward that one of the bodies was that of Osama bin Laden.