OK, so this post is making the rounds on facebook:
“Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! RE-POST IF YOU AGREE!!!”
Let’s break this down a bit, shall we?
“”Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden.” No kidding. I’ve yet to see anybody make the claim that Obama DID kill him. Starting off with this level of hyperbole bodes well for a ridiculous post.
“An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did.” Technically, not that this post cares about accuracy, it may have been a sailor and not a soldier who killed Osama, but I digress. Back on point: Obama was NEVER debating on not paying the military. Passing the budget is the responsibility of Congress, not the president. Yes, the president has influence but Congress is the working body. Not only that, but Obama was NEVER talking about not paying the military. Even when it was down to the wire, there were provisions to ensure the military continued to get paid. If I can quote Ronald Reagan here: “And let me tell you, that is what I said before, a falsehood.” Yes, that’s an actual quote from Ron; I know it because it starts the song “Too Much Thinking” by Triumph. Proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22qsJx1tSyk
“Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out.” Yes, and as CinC of the military he does get the credit for this; it happened under his watch. If a republican was holding office right now he or she would also get the credit for it. That in no way detracts from what the armed forces did. Everybody knows the armed forces did it and nobody is taking credit away from them.
“This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!” All-caps and an extra exclamation point for emphasis! And yet, wrong again. Well, half wrong. This is both an AMERICAN victory AND an OBAMA victory. Oh yeah, !! Again, if a republican was president right now the credit would go to him or her. I’m guessing that the same people posting this were probably also complaining about Bush not getting enough credit from the press during his term. Two wrongs don’t make a right; they make two wrongs. A victory for our president is a victory for America, and the opposite holds true as well.
“RE-POST IF YOU AGREE!!!” Again, all-caps and extra exclamation points, usually an indicator of a lack of thought. No, I don’t agree at all. I think I’ve made it clear why I don’t and why I won’t repost this status.
Now, a bit off the grid. I understand the patriotic feelings that Osama’s death has stirred up, but one thing I don’t agree with are the statements that go something like these:
1. Burn in hell!
2. Why the burial at sea? I wish we could shit on his corpse.
3. Why the burial at sea? He doesn’t deserve that kind of respect.
If we become our enemy in order to defeat him, nothing is won. Whether bin laden deserves that kind of respect or not, I’m glad it was handled that way. If we’re going to send a message out I would prefer it to be that we haven’t, and will not, descend to the level of the barbaric actions of those who perpetrated 9/11. Sometimes that means doing what is right, even when the temptation is so great to do what is wrong.