Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guns don't kill people... Seals do.

A good hunter has a process: He chooses his weapon with the utmost care, learning it inside and out and practices with it until it's almost an extension of his own being.  When it's time to hunt he waits patiently for his prey to come into view, using all information available, and when it does he fires his weapon hoping that all of the preparation and diligence pay off.  The hunter and the weapon both deserve credit when all goes well.

Last Sunday night President Obama ordered an attack on Osama Bin Laden which resulted in the death of the world's most wanted criminal after almost 10 years of searching.  Obama was the hunter.  Seal Team 6 (the same titanic bad-asses who killed the Somali pirates just over two years ago) was the weapon - probably the most lethal, accurate, surgical-strike weapon on the planet.  The majority of Earthlings rejoiced at the news but there were some American right-wingers who insisted he deserved no credit, instead laying it at the feet of George Bush (who famously said he wasn't too concerned about Bin Laden or his whereabouts only SIX MONTHS after the brutal attack) or anyone else who happens not to be named Barack Obama.  Even former President Bush himself had the grace and basic dose of clue to applaud Obama's move, but many on his side said otherwise, showing them to be not just unpatriotic but antipatriotic.

As the (rabidly right wing) NRA likes to say "Guns don't kill people.  People kill people."  In this case "people" covers both the person giving the order as well as the boots on the ground.

There's plenty of credit to go around and I'm not saying that the President deserves all of it - far from it. But he was the one who made the decision to proceed and it would have fallen on his shoulders had there been another Blackhawk Down moment, or a replay of Jimmy Carter's failed attempt to Iranian hostages which permanently stained his presidency, virtually ensuring his loss to Ronald Reagan.  The buck stops in the oval office and to deny Obama the credit he earned by showing off his huge brass balls is to lose all grasp on reality.

I used to say that President Obama could walk into the Rose Garden with the head of Osama Bin Laden on a pike and the GOP would bitch that he'd bloodied the Whitehouse carpet.  I thought I was exaggerating to the point of absurdity but it turns out I wasn't as far off as I should have been.  Most of the GOP either was able to drop their partisan slant for a little while or they read the political winds and realized that criticizing the President here would be a career-limiting move, but the remaining craven idiots?  They're beyond all hope.  And don't get me started on those who claim that torture provided actionable information that happened to take SEVEN YEARS to unfold (I'm looking at you Steve King).

"Absurd" is too good for them.  They're just, plain sick.

1 comment:

  1. Saw this and thought it was perfect:

    "Saying Obama doesn't deserve the credit because he didn't fire the shot is like saying Osama is not responsible because he didn't fly the planes."