In bin Laden Victory, Echoes of the Bush Years
As President Obama celebrates the signature national-security success of his tenure, he has a long list of people to thank. On the list: George W. Bush.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Bush waged wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have forged a military so skilled that it carried out a complicated covert raid with only a minor complication. Public tolerance for military operations over the past decade has shifted to the degree that a mission carried out deep inside a sovereign country has raised little domestic protest.
And a detention and interrogation system that Obama once condemned as contrary to American values produced one early lead that, years later, brought U.S. forces to the high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and a fatal encounter with an unarmed Osama bin Laden.
So not only did torture work, but the illegal, baselesswar against Iraq “forged a military so skilled that it carried out a complicated covert raid with only a minor complication.” In other words, theIraq Warled to catching bin Laden. This could give Fox News a new theme to pound for the next couple of days.
Will Ferrell did a one-man show at the end of the Bush years, in his W. character, called “You’re Welcome, America.” It was pretty funny. This is not.