Dumb quote of the day--frothy mixologist edition

>> Saturday, May 07, 2011

If you look at the decision to get Bin Laden, it was a tactical decision, not a strategic decision. The strategic decision was made by President Bush.

-Rick "Does It Look Anything Like Chocolate Mousse?" Santorum,
at the "What If They Had A Debate And Nobody Showed Up" GOP event on May 5th, 2011;
as quoted by David Weigel,
"Sweet Nothings," Slate, May 6th, 2011.

Okay. Wow. I don't know if the successful operation against the late and unlamented Osama bin Laden was the result of intel obtained by torture, but I do know that some folks are intent on torturing reason to give the former and much-lamented President George W. Bush credit for the whole thing. I can't wholly disagree--if the Bush administration had captured or killed bin Laden during the seven years they had to do it, President Obama wouldn't have had the opportunity to order the strike. Aside from that? Enh.

My first thought when I read Mr. "Creamy And Bubbly's" above comment was that nobody would deserve any credit for ordering action against someone who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans. I mean, anybody who thinks that a hypothetical, alternate universe, votes correctly-counted President Gore wouldn't have gone after al Qaeda--hell, anyone who thinks a really imaginary President Nader wouldn't have ordered the military and law enforcement to go after bin Laden--is someone who doesn't care about being taken seriously, is a child, is an idiot, is a real maroon as Bugs used to say.

But then the second thought is that none of these imaginary presidents would have had to order "strategic" action against bin Laden for the same reason the wish-he-was-imaginary President Bush didn't: bin Laden was added to the FBI's most-wanted list during the Clinton administration.

I mean, okay, you can quibble about whether that was sufficient at the time or whether just devoting some law enforcement resources to bin Laden's arrest instead of launching a multi-discipline civilian/military law enforcement/intelligence/combat program against al Qaeda lacked foresight, but the bottom line is that the "strategic decision" to go after bin Laden was made by William Clinton, regardless of whether or not enough resources or attention were devoted to implementing that decision. All President Obama did, if you want to try to take credit away from him, is execute policies that were implemented by President Bill Clinton and unsuccessfully expanded by President George W. Bush.

So, really, if we must take credit from where it's due and give it to the "real" hero in the story... the death of Osama bin Laden was a real triumph and vindication for... Bill Clinton.

Boy, and how I would love to hear Mr. "Not In Polite Company" acknowledge that in public. Do you think he would stutter? I think he would totally stutter. He might even have some kind of epileptic seizure trying to thank President Clinton for initiating the long campaign against al Qaeda. Eyes rolling up in the back of his head and everything, speaking in tongues and sticking his fingers straight out like somebody plugged the frayed end of a 220-Volt power cord up his ass while he tried to get the word "Jefferson" out the front door of his face, tongue lolling and dripping like the front step after a rainstorm. Bet his brain would explode like that guy's in Scanners, you think?

Yessir, I'd pay good money for that show.


Janiece Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9:03:00 AM EDT  

This just in: Santorum is a TOOL.

Steve Buchheit Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:59:00 AM EDT  

I throw in a dollar to see that too. A fiver if I'm the one to do it.

Warner (aka ntsc) Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2:46:00 PM EDT  

Actually one can make a very good argument that the non square root of minus one Bush, made the strategic and the tactical decision to stand down against OBL.

They came close once, backed off and found some other poor bastard to attack.

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