by John Grooms
It should be unbelievable, but these days, sadly, its not. Im 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. Its not all Republicans some, such as Donald Rumsfeld and former Pres. Bush, have rightly praised Obamas role, and offered congratulations to the president and his national security team. But others, the hard-core Obama haters in particular, just cant seem to find any excitement or pleasure in bin Ladens 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 Bushs torture policies that brought down bin Laden. The minute it was revealed that the info about bin Ladens 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 OReillys FoxNews show yesterday and told the story of how waterboarding was what got Khaled Sheik Mohammed to give up bin Ladens courier. OReilly, beside himself with joy, exclaimed, Youre not going to hear that on other networks. And, as ThinkProgress responded, Theres a good reason. Because the story is false. Former Bush officials say that Mohammeds 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 wont convince the true believers, however, as they seem increasingly incapable of processing new information. Its darkly ironic that the far-right such as the clown who wrote today in the daily papers letters section that bin Ladens 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.