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May 6, 2011

Vindication


From the National Review Online. By Jim Geraghty.


In case the font is too small, the words at the bottom are: “VINDICATION:
When the loudest critic of your policies achieves his greatest success because
of them.”

I can hear the liberal cries of outrage, so to recap: The interrogations of KSM (which included waterboarding) and the interrogation of Hassan Ghul (held in “black site” prisons) were key to identifying the courier; the president then authorized military action in a foreign country without going to the United Nations or informing the host government; the military action was unilateral, and we did not consult with our allies; Congress was not informed of the military action; and it increasingly appears that no serious effort was made to treat Osama bin Laden as a criminal (reading him his rights, etc.). The monitoring of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti’s phone call was a result of an extensive global wiretapping system. Furthermore, as Charles Krauthammer notes, the helicopters used in the raid came from Bagram and Jalalabad; if we had withdrawn from Afghanistan on the antiwar Left’s timetable, we would have had no bases from which to launch this operation.

Well done to one president for enacting all of these policy changes, and well done to his successor for keeping them in place.

10 comments:

They Say/We Say said...

With everything that happened to W.,
from 1999 throughout his term, was explained by w., would be how history was written. He believed history would prove he was mostly doing things right; was just as important as doing them correctly.

Kid said...

Good One !

History will be kind to GWB.

sig94 said...

TSWS - I don't agree with many things that Dubya did but for the most part his heart was in the right place. Not so with the current resident of the WH.

sig94 said...

Kid - I think so. But that depends on who's writing it.

Teresa said...

Great one! God Bless George Bush!

sig94 said...

Teresa - yes, ma'am. He has and He will.

Nickie Goomba said...

Bush was far from perfect, but I sure slept better at night.

sig94 said...

Nickie - it was due to the Select Comfort™ Hot Mud Wrestling Pit that your 5th wife left behind.

Andy said...

Agreed. Sometimes, the President could drive ya' nuts. I believe though he was an honorable man who honored his oath and promises to those who elected him.

sig94 said...

Andy - yessar that is true. For all his fumbling at times (the prescription drug entitlement, TARP, etc.) I truly believe he thought he was doing the right thing. Perhaps his advisers ought to share some of the blame, but as President - it all belongs to him.