Hypocrisy Alert – Top Romney Aide Says Obama Is Making Bin Laden ‘Divisive Partisan Political Attack’
So you remember how when Bin Laden’s terrorist network of radical muslims were attacking the country, President Bush was sitting in a classroom in Florida like Forrest Gump on a bench? Surely you remember how President Bush’s cabal of neocons and armchair warriors, such as Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, cynically used the heinous act of war by Bin Laden as the reason to launch their real sordid agenda (see PNAC) of regime change in Iraq. Further, going so far as audaciously claiming a connection between the secular pan-arabic dictator Saddam Hussein and the religious fundamentalist Bin Laden so as to attack the emotions of the unsuspecting masses–angry and confused following 9/11– even though factual evidence overwhelmingly debunked the claim. Surely you remember how the Yosemite Sam of diplomacy polarized the international community, abandoned the just war in Afghanistan to pursue a petty vendetta in Iraq, in order to occupy the nation and transform it into a free market paradise for Halliburton and Lockheed Martin, and, worse yet, closed the unit focused on capturing Osama Bin Laden and used the “I dare you to stop me” mentality for which he was famous and declared on multiple occasions that “Bin Laden doesn’t fit with the administration’s strategy for combating terrorism.” and that capturing bin Laden is “not a top priority use of American resources.”
Unless you work for Fox News, surely you remember how President Bush prematurely declared the hostilities in Iraq as over and appeared in a flight suit on a Naval carrier, proudly declaring that the war was over under a huge banner that read “Mission Accomplished“–all in a major PR stunt to solidify his foreign policy credentials ahead of the 2004 election. And how can we forget how the Machiavellian Karl Rove arranged to smear the Vietnam service of then Democratic Presidential Candidate, John Kerry, with the advent of the 527 smear group “Swiftboat Veterans for Truth,” which attacked John Kerry’s service in Vietnam all to distract from the fact that Bush didn’t actually go. And then, at the height of the 2004 election, dark overlord of the league of calamitous intent and vice-president in name only, Dick Cheney, so flagrantly and disingenuously exploited the fears of voters by saying the “United States will risk another terrorist attack if voters make the wrong choice on Election Day.” Well a senior advisor to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears to have a very special selective memory that only he and Mitt Romney apparently have.
During an appearance on Sunday’s Meet the Press with David Gregory, Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the RNC and current senior advisor to the Romney campaign, accused Barack Obama of being “one of the most divisive presidents in American history” for apparently celebrating the fact that he killed the world’s most elusive and insane terrorist who was responsible for the most devastating attacks on American soil since Pearl Harbor.
“He took something that was a unifying event for all Americans – an event that Gov. Romney congratulated him and the military and the intelligence analysts in our government for completing the mission in terms of killing Osama bin Laden – and he’s managed to turn it into a divisive partisan political attack,” Romney aide Ed Gillespie told NBC’s David Gregory. (Source: Raw Story)
While I hate to debunk old hypocrisies when there are just so many new ones, and while I hate to bring out old acts of Bushit as though they were an old leisure suit from the 70s, I believe it was President Bush who used the outpouring of international good will and unified national pride and disingenuously transformed it into fear and smear with regards to Iraq.
Vice-president Joe Biden, whom Obama selected as VP to compensate for his lack of foreign policy bona fides (McCain chose the Avon lady whose foreign policy consisted of eating at International House of Pancakes), made a speech last week proudly touting Obama’s resolve with regards to taking out Bin Laden
“This guy has a got a backbone like a ramrod,”the vice president said. “For real. For real. On this gut issue, we know what President Obama did. We can’t say for certain what Governor Romney would have done.”
“Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden continued. “You have to ask yourself had Governor Romney been president, could he have used the same slogan in reverse?” (Source: Raw Story)
Gregory, who’s usually just a milquetoast toadie for the corporate media, actually cited the fact former Vice President Dick Cheney had used imagery from the Sept. 11 attacks and, as noted above, made the case in 2004 that the country would be less safe if Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) were elected instead of President George W. Bush.
“So is it any different?” Gregory wondered. (Source: Raw Story)
In 2007, Romney was quoted by the AP that there would be only “a very insignificant increase in safety” if bin Laden were killed. Also saying, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” Romney reportedly said.
I’s not clear what Romney would have done. Perhaps fire Bin Laden and purchase the fledgling country of Afghanistan in a leveraged buyout? All kidding aside, it’s visibly obvious that Republicans are just jealous that it wasn’t Bush or McCain who killed Bin Laden and are just using it as yet another instance to invalidate Obama’s presidency.
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