Archive for May 1, 2012
Today marks a year since the death of Osama bin Laden, the patron and leader behind the attacks of September 11, 2001. At the risk of politicizing those events, let’s look into how those events have been, well, politicized.
From the beginning, the Bush Administration in particular, and the Republican Party in general, have used the al Qaeda attacks for political advantage. On May 1, 2003, President Bush took a victory lap, in an immense staged event on an aircraft carrier, proclaiming that “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” Of course, they hadn’t ended, and things went so badly so quickly that in 2007 the Bush Administration had to engage in a massive “surge” to make up for the disaster of the Iraq war. It was not until August 31, 2010, that a different president, Barack Obama, could honestly declare an end to combat operations in Iraq.
There is a pattern here, not only of Republicans politicizing national security issues, but of President Obama cleaning up foreign policy messes left by President Bush. The response of the Republican Party has been to further politicize these events, and attempt to minimize the successes that Obama had but that Bush couldn’t achieve. (more…)