The right's latest mistake/lie: Waterboarding led to Osama bin Laden



It should be unbelievable, but these days, sadly, it’s not. I’m talking about the people on the far right who refuse to give Pres. Obama any credit for the finding and killing of Osama bin Laden. It’s not all Republicans – some, such as Donald Rumsfeld and former Pres. Bush, have rightly praised Obama’s role, and offered congratulations to the president and his national security team. But others, the hard-core Obama haters in particular, just can’t seem to find any excitement or pleasure in bin Laden’s demise, simply because the "Socialist Kenyan" had a big part in it.  I mentioned this yesterday to a friend, who summed it up perfectly by shaking his head and replying, “Yeah, I know. Some ‘patriots,’ huh?”

Now, this same bunch of jokers have already started their own mythology about the bin Laden killing: It was Bush’s torture policies that brought down bin Laden. The minute it was revealed that the info about bin Laden’s courier came from a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, the far-righties started gloating about the wonders of waterboarding. Right away, one of our favorite congressional Neanderthals, Rep. Steve King (R-IA),  “quipped,” “Wonder what President Obama thinks of waterboarding now?”

As a topper, the other King of the right, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), even went on Bill O’Reilly’s FoxNews show yesterday and told the story of how waterboarding was what got Khaled Sheik Mohammed to give up bin Laden’s courier. O’Reilly,  beside himself with joy, exclaimed, “You’re not going to hear that on other networks.” And, as ThinkProgress responded, “There’s a good reason.” Because the story is false. Former Bush officials say that Mohammed’s revelations came after “standard interrogation,” not waterboarding. Moreover, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flatly contradicted the waterboard story yesterday, stating that “it was not harsh treatment and it was not waterboarding” that elicited the information.

Those words from the horse's mouth won’t convince the true believers, however, as they seem increasingly incapable of processing new information. It’s  darkly ironic that the far-right — such as the clown who wrote today in the daily paper’s letters section that bin Laden’s killing was a “political stunt for Obama” — credit Bush for taking down bin Laden, when it was Bush who let the terrorist leader live freely for 10 years after 9/11 by his distraction and obsession with Saddam Hussein. Come on guys, forget your investment in hating Obama and just admit it: the Kenyan Socialist knocked it out of the park.

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