Death of bin Laden Shines a Spotlight on Leftist Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

If nothing else has ever shown the glaring hypocrisy of many leftists in America, the killing of Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011 shines that light on them. From the moment the Astroturf revelers began assembling outside the White House during Barack Obama’s delayed announcement to suddenly embrace all that they protested and condemned during the Bush administration, many on the left have shown themselves once again as hypocrites.

From the time the world witnessed the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, factions of the anti-war left have protested every step taken to counter terror, including outright denial that terror groups like Al Qaeda even exist, much less took part in the attacks. To them and their very vocal supporters, it was an “inside job” designed only to allow America to go to war.

President Bush was labeled a “murderer,” “warmonger,” and calls for his impeachment rang loud. Even after leaving office, that call changed to one of “indictment” for his “war crimes” that continue to this day. We see letters to the editor such as the one National abusers go unpunished that asks, “Osama bin Laden is dead and, as President Obama says, ‘Justice has been done.’ Will we now turn our attention to these offenders: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld?”

Members of the Bush administration are “offenders” for going after mastermind bin Laden, but Obama is justified for killing bin Laden? Does that make any sense?

Within days of that fateful September morning and as President Bush was calling on Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders to surrender Osama bin Laden, we began seeing calls such as “Bush’s war plans likely to violate international law” even as thousands of anti-war protesters assembled outside of the White House to protest going after bin Laden and take on terrorists, after over 2 decades of terrorist attacks against our countries interests abroad and at home.

Now, in spite of calls of “Violation against International Law” from credible sources as Germany’s Der Spiegel and less credible sources like An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, we see jubilation from the left, not the condemnation they assigned to President Bush.

In June 2010 Newsweek was asking “Does Killing Terrorists Actually Prevent Terrorism?” Less than a year ago, September 2010, Newsweek was telling us, “It’s clear we overreacted to 9/11.” and today, Newsweek tells us Obama’s bin Laden strike brought the nation together.

For years we were told of the Bush administration’s use of torture tactics not gleaning anything useful and the expected “Impeach Bush” over their use. Bombastic left-wing orator Keith Olbermann pounced at the chance to take comments made by former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld out of context to boast even Rumsfeld says they were not successful. Olbermann ignores that even Democrat CIA Chief, Leon Panetta admits, “Waterboarding aided bin Laden raid” as well as Rumsfeld’s clarification of the ‘water boarding’ wasn’t used in Guantanamo, but in the “secret prison’s” the left scorned years before.

When Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed, it was Greeted by Media Scowls by all too many in the lamestream media. Bin Laden’s death is met with praise for Obama, ABC’s the View hosts Barbara Walters saying, “I would hate now to be a Republican candidate thinking of running” in the 2012 election while co-host Joy Behar crowed, “they should just skip the next election.”

Even more telling, how often we saw condemnations of the Troops in the past, deceased Representative John Murtha having once accused US Marines of “cold-blooded murder” in Haditha while Sen. Dick Durbin compared them to Nazi’s. We even saw outrage towards the Navy SEALS as just a couple years ago, we saw where Navy SEALs May Go to Prison for Giving a Fat Lip to Islamic Terrorist when Bush was president.

Today we see calls for a ticker tape parade for Navy SEALs who killed bin Laden when Obama is president.

Reports that bin Laden was unarmed and in custody when he was killed are written off with a ‘who cares’ attitude. A few years ago, Capt. Rogelio Maynulet ouster from the Army for the shooting death of a wounded Iraqi terrorist was largely applauded by some.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully agree that killing bin Laden was necessary, but I didn’t see the need to condemn every move President Bush made during his administration either, as did many of those shouting loud approval today for what that they condemned before.

And still, the one thing that continues to not make a lick of sense to me, is Obama and the lefts call for continuation of national unity when we are not even close to be unified due in large part to their condemnation of the very acts they embrace today while President Bush was in office.

The road leading to killing Osama bin Laden was paved years ago. The left condemned it then but applaud it now.

Today, they wrap themselves in the American Flag and chant “USA, USA, USA” when during the Bush years, we conservatives were accused of “extremism” for doing just that while they burned the flag and defecated on it.

Threats of increased terrorist activity are scoffed at now, but were used to oppose the War on Terror when Bush was in office.

Barney Frank lambastes the right for “politicizing” the killing of bin Laden, but the day after the news was released Democrats were seen outlining plans to seize the opportunity to portray President Barack Obama as a decisive leader even though he waited 16 hours before giving his approval for the raid.

Compare that to the twisting of the 7 minutes where Bush was accused of inaction when sitting before a class of children on 9/11.

While I could go on and on giving pages of examples, it is clear how many on the left are complete hypocrites when it comes to our Troops, defending America and standing up to terrorism.

No, not all, but enough to keep this country permanently divided.

As I have said before, if the only standards you have are double standards, you have no standards at all.

8 Responses to “Death of bin Laden Shines a Spotlight on Leftist Hypocrisy”

  1. I don’t understand the point in pointing this out. Yes, it’s true, but what does it gain anyone to dwell on the lamentable fact of liberal hypocrisy? Pointing it out isn’t going to change anything. The left will continue to use hateful speech against anyone they’ve learned to fear on the right – no matter what anyone says or does. You full well know Lew, that a popular leftist personage could commit cold-blooded murder and not only be pardoned by the left for it, but in fact be “lionized” by the left for what happened. So again, what’s your point?

    And doesn’t the same kind of hypocrisy exist on the right? How many right-leaning posters on The Columbian website have condemned Obama for the death of bin Laden? True, they don’t attack him for the kiling itself, but continually question President Obama’s motives and his patriotism, his honor, and yes, still(!) his citizenship.

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  2. What good does it do to turn a blind eye to their hypocrisy, while they lambaste the right, Craig?

    I don’t recall seeing condemantions from the right over his death, but saw comments on how can they applaud Obama for what they condemned Bush for.

    For too long now, only the right is held to any standards at all by media and too many people.

    Look upon this as balance.

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  3. And is this were I mention that for a guy who wasn’t going to go around “spiking the football,” the Empty Suit in Chief is doing a damned fine job.

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  4. Well, as we all know now, it is all about him and being re-elected.

    Or, as the LA Times put it, Osama bin Laden dead: Yes, SEALs were in on the raid, but aides hail Obama’s office bravery

    I guess I can also add, remember when Obama said, I won’t martyr Osama bin Laden?

    Yet, we also read now, Radical Muslims already name location ‘Martyr’s Sea’

    And, not a peep out of those who condemned every move President Bush made.

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  5. It sure feels good OBL is dead. I wish Gary Ridgway was dead too. Hell, I don’t own or shoot guns but I’d shoot Ridgway in the face if they’d let me.

    Having said that – I wouldn’t take this country to war for either one of those damn SOBs. Whining or goating doesn’t do anybody any good – Lefties or Righties.

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  6. Contrary to what many feel and think, Martin, we did not go to war just to get bin Laden.

    We went to war to finally deal with and confront a growing menace, not only to America but to the world.

    Radical Islamists might not be in the majority, but there are enough of them that they must be faced, fought and defeated as best we can. At least to the point that they no longer pose a Global Threat.

    And I agree, this is nothing to gloat or whine about. Nor does it justify the abrupt about face seen by those who would have called for Bush’s head on a stake for doing just this.

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  7. The hypocrisy of the Left is spiking the sale of popcorn, Lew.

    Lefties could stare down a freight train coming at them 90 mph and totally ignore it. That just shows you what a bunch of mind-numbed robots Lefties are.

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