Obama, bin Laden and the Invisible Anti-War Movement
In the rush to congratulate President Obama over the long-overdue delivery of justice to the world’s most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden, I couldn’t help but wonder where all of the critics of former President George W. Bush have been hiding.
While I long ago wrote off much of Bush’s presidency due to his free-spending and unrealistic desire to be liked by Democrats, I couldn’t help but wonder where all of his detractors are and where they’ve been since January 2009.
First, let me say I give credit where credit is due: President Obama gave the order and the U.S. finally was able to gain some sort of justice for the families of September 11, 2001. For any President, such a risky move is always fraught with possible political disaster. Just ask Jimmy Carter about the failed attempt to rescue the hostages in Iran. If it goes wrong, the President is a goat. But it didn’t go wrong and Obama deserves credit for allowing our brave men in uniform to do what they were trained to do.
As I watched late that night last week when America finally felt some measure of justice, I couldn’t help but think about the so-called 2002-2008 “anti-War” movement.
You remember, don’t you? They included the “no war for oil” crowd and the Code Pink radical feminists. The recycled hippies still convinced the 1960s hadn’t ended and that their fellow anti-establishment buddies weren’t running Wall Street. This was the crew who demonized Bush and spoke so loudly against the former President.
It’s funny, I can’t recall one significant “peace march” since Obama took office. Where did they all go? Are they back at Starbucks pouring my grande, non-fat Mocha? Did they change their ways and join the Marines and are now fighting in Afghanistan? Or are they just hypocrites who weren’t really anti-war but just anti-Bush?Continued on the next page