Two years ago, during a book tour dedicated to tearing apart Barack Obama’s first year in office, you were asked what you thought of president Obama’s ability to conduct the Global War on Terror. You said; “Is there anything lower than an F? Right now, we’re still living off the successes of Bush’s War on Terrorism, but that’s coming to an end. Every place Obama goes, he’s doing exactly the wrong thing. It’s like he’s taking a gasoline can, and leaving little puddles of gasoline wherever he goes.”
So now that Muammar Qaddafi, Anwar al Awlaki, Samir Khan and Osama bin Laden are all dead, I was wondering if you’ll be writing an updated article on how Obama’s conducted the Global War on Terror. Granted, Mr. Obama’s record doesn’t hold a candle to Mr. Bush’s of course, because as everyone knows, all Obama did was finish the job Bush began, right? Riiiiight.
But still; less than one year ago, before Ali, Mubarak and Qaddafi were toppled, you and other right-wing screeches were all saying Barack Obama was “in over his head,” and was a sympathizer of Muslim extremism, because after all — he’s a secret Muslim himself.
And your followers actually believed you.
So now that freedom has come to Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya, and even Syria is showing signs of unraveling, is it time to admit that the way president Obama conducted his war on terror is more effective than how Bush waged his?
Bush tried to build a “coalition” based on fabricated information, and charged into Iraq, which had ZERO connection to terrorism, without so much as a plan. And even now, almost nine years later, Iraq is still a bloody mess.
Compare that to how president Obama handled the Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa. He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the rebels, and in the case of Libya, encouraged the French and Brits to take the lead under the banner of NATO, rather than plastering an American face on everything. And now, one of the last major state sponsors of terrorism in the world is dead.
Iraq: Over $1 trillion spent and 4,430 American lives lost, 50,000 more devastated with massive injuries, all to remove Saddam Hussein; a tin-pot dictator who didn’t support terrorism — and sparking a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and resulted in Iraq becoming an ally of Iran, rather than the bulwark to Ahmadinejad’s ambitions that it once was.
And today Iraqis wipe the dust from their shoes with American flags in the streets of Baghdad.
Libya: Just under $1 billion spent, not a single American serviceman lost to remove Muammar Qaddafi; the man who was one of Iran’s allies, who armed dozens of terrorist groups, who personally gave the order to bomb Pan Am flight 103 taking 270 innocent lives, and who even cooperated with Edi Amin in hijacking an Israeli airliner filled with 260 civilians.
And today Libyans wave American flags in the streets of Tripoli.
Muammar Qaddafi and Osama bin Laden killed more Americans than any other terrorist backers in history. Before 9/11, Qaddafi was #1, only to be outdone by Osama bin Laden, whom President Obama hunted to extinction.
Now they’re both dead. And Barack Hussein Obama, the Muslim president who pals around with terrorists has made America — AND THE WORLD — a safer place.
So, what say you, Ann? Will you be writing that follow-up anytime soon? You and your sycophantic friends may grade the president’s foreign policy with an F, but the rest of the world is giving him an A++.
cc: Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al.