Obama’s Ground Zero hypocrisy
Unconscionable. Politicizing. A slap in the face. Those were the kinds of phrases the left deployed against President George W. Bush to suggest he was exploiting the memory of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. These same voices are now giddy with delight at the prospect of President Obama’s “mission accomplished” visit to Ground Zero on May 5. Such hypocrisy is par for the course.
Under other circumstances the planned wreath-laying would invite less controversy. Honoring those who fell on Sept. 11 days after Osama bin Laden’s demise is fitting. Given the care Mr. Obama ordered be given bin Laden’s remains, it would be unseemly if the killer received more respect than his victims. Yet liberal Democrats have poisoned the well over the past decade, lending Mr. Obama’s actions the appearance of opportunistic political theater — particularly given the approach of the 2012 campaign season.
When John Kerry ran an ad later in 2004 featuring widows of men killed in the attack, the left was fine with it. “There’s a big difference,” the Kerry campaign blustered, “between using footage of Ground Zero, which is hallowed ground — and politicizing it — and someone coming to us wanting to pursue intelligence reform and advance our country’s security.” Sure there is, tell us another one.
During the 2004 Republic National Convention in New York City, President Bush was careful not to visit the Ground Zero site lest he fuel the charges that he was taking political advantage. That did not stop leftist demonstrators from appearing there on a daily basis, often — and without apparent irony — decrying those who allegedly were exploiting Sept. 11 to further their political agendas.
In 2006 House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said that “the damage that [Osama bin Laden] has done is done. And even to capture him now I don’t think makes us any safer.”
Now she proclaims that “the death of Osama bin Laden is historic” and “marks the most significant develop- ment in our fight against al Qaeda.” No politics there, clearly.
Back in March 2009 leftist gadfly Keith Olbermann denounced Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as the “executive assassination wing” of the Bush Administration. Now he can’t heap enough praise on the special operations team operating under JSOC command that took out bin Laden. Had this taken place in 2008 he would have called it a war crime, but under Mr. Obama it is an example of brilliant leadership.
George W. Bush, who stood on the smoking ruins of the Twin Towers pledging American resolve in the war on terrorism, did not have to return there to participate in the first photo op of Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign.