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Obama Sleeps While Americans Die

 Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Despite the poor economy, high unemployment, and the overall state of national malaise, Barack Obama has been hinging his prospects for reelection solely on the fact that the architect of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, is dead. Rather than giving most of the credit to Seal Team Six, who actually risked their lives by entering the global terrorist’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, President Obama has spent months extolling his own steely determination.

Few would argue that after September 11th 2001, George W. Bush’s handling of the terrorist attack on American soil is what likely won him a second term. Be it Timothy McVeigh or al-Qaeda, American presidents staring down extremists on behalf of Americans usually gains them more supporters than critics.

Therefore, listening to Barack Obama talk about his positive impact on the war on terror, one would think that the 44th president finally found a winning formula to ensure a second term and a terror-free future for Americans around the world.

Yet, what Obama never mentions are the 30 Americans, 22 of whom were DEVGRU Seal Team Six elite Navy SEALS who, in the aftermath of bin Laden’s body being dumped in the North Arabian Sea, were shot down by insurgents while flying in Chinook helicopters in Afghanistan. In addition, what Barack Obama also never addresses is the astounding increase in military deaths by hostile Taliban forces since he took office in 2009.

Now, Barack Obama finds himself up to his nostrils in the muck and mire of controversy over a terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. On the anniversary of killing 3,000 innocent Americans 11 years prior, in a pre-planned, coordinated attack on the American consulate in Benghazi the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia took credit for slaying US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, computer specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

America is now learning that despite the Obama administration’s indignant reaction to a low-budget anti-Islam video which for two weeks was blamed for the loss of life in Benghazi, the White House was fully aware that what was happening was indeed a terrorist attack. In the same Situation Room where Beyonce and Jay-Z had visited months earlier, the White House watched in real time, via unmanned Predator drone, for five of the seven hours that the four Americans struggled to stay alive. In the end, President Obama chose to do nothing to stop it.

Worse yet, it is being alleged that while Christopher Stevens was being tortured, raped, and killed, the president, who had plans to go to Las Vegas for a fundraiser the next day, went to bed. Meanwhile, as the president slept, life-saving troops were but an hour away in Italy.

That brings us to the 2012 election. Despite his desperate attempts to convince Americans that he singlehandedly rid the planet of the world’s most notorious terrorist, unlike George W. Bush in 2004, it appears that the bin Laden slayer is still losing credibility with American voters.

One can’t help but think that if on September 11, 2012 Barack Obama had at least attempted to rescue those four Americans, his prospects for reelection would be quite different today. If the commander-in-chief had demanded that every effort be made to save the lives of Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty, even if the effort failed he would have been viewed as a tough leader. The drama, the bravery, and the dedication of a US president vowing to “leave no man behind,” whatever the cost, would have eradicated any chance Mitt Romney might have had to replace Barack Obama behind the Resolute Desk come January.

Instead, on the anniversary of September 11th Barack Obama chose to turn his back on four Americans whose lives were lost at the hands of Ansar al-Sharia, and the question is why? Didn’t the President realize that by saving their lives, in the process he could have also secured a second term?

So yes, Osama bin Laden is dead, but as the American body count continues to climb, the question that remains is: What possible reason could Barack Obama offer America for sending SEAL Team Six into Pakistan to kill one terrorist, but then refuse to send help to Libya to rescue four Americans under siege by a band of murderous militants?

This time, Barack Obama’s foolhardy decision to put himself first cost four Americans their lives and should also cost him the election.

Obama 2012 Campaign Manager: John McCain

Originally posted at American Thinker

The tactic Republicans used to win the midterm election was to tie every Democrat in Washington, D.C. to Barack Obama.  He and his liberal policies were so unpopular that identifying a Democrat candidate with the president delivered a Republican’s victory.

At the ballot box, the American people sent liberalism to the woodshed.  The nation cast off Obama, as well as Pelosi and much of her progressive Congress.  In January, the Republicans triumphantly arrived in Washington, D.C. promising to repeal health care reform, address out-of-control spending, and elevate conservative principles by making the U.S. Constitution the foundation of legislative discussion.

It’s clear as 2012 approaches that a similar blueprint of calling attention to a failed presidency could help unseat Barack Obama from the Oval Office.  Yet rather than continue to turn up the heat to accomplish that goal, one particular politician appears to be confused about what side of the aisle he should sit on.  That politician is…yes, you guessed it: that poster child of bipartisanship, the always civil and moderate John Sidney McCain.

As witnessed during the last presidential campaign, the Republican nominee had a peculiar way of promoting his bid for the presidency.  On more than one occasion, rather than pointing out the inauspicious prospect of electing Barack Obama, avuncular John reassured a tentative electorate, dismissing very real fears.  Senator McCain encouraged anxious voters not to worry, because his unqualified opponent was “absolutely qualified” to be president.

Instead of promoting his own candidacy, on occasion McCain would attempt to put voters on both the right and the left at ease by saying things like “Barack Obama would make a good president.”  McCain reassured America that his opponent was someone that he “both admired and respected.”

For all the positive free press John gave Barry, the senator might as well have gassed up the Yes We Can mobile and hung up two Barack campaign posters for every one “McCain/Palin 2008” lawn sign.

John McCain’s self-deprecating approach, suppressing a well-deserved distrust for Obama’s left-wing agenda, started two years ago, and now nothing — not even a country devastated by the president’s less-than-impressive stint — can stop John from continuing that trend.  Fawning over Barry in the name of civility compounds the mess McCain started during the presidential election, undermines the success of the midterm election, and paves the way for Obama to leave his suitcases unpacked.

The American public has been closely observing Washington, D.C. since the midterm election for reassurance that by voting for Republicans, they made the right choice.  Instead of keeping the heat on and stressing why the job that was started will be complete only when Barack is sent back to Chicago, old faithful John McCain has stepped forward as an advocate to help rehabilitate Barry’s sullied reputation.

In a Washington Post op-ed, John McCain praised Obama as a “patriot.”  McCain then jumped aboard the Barack bandwagon, lauded the president’s Arizona memorial speech, and said the president’s words “encouraged every American who participates in our political debates — whether we are on the left or right or in the media — to aspire to a more generous appreciation of one another and a more modest one of ourselves.”

Apparently, bipartisan John wasn’t privy to some of the president’s more partisan soundbites.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)’s State of the Union dance partner chose to applaud Obama’s impressive performance as a president.  McCain advanced the crusade to undermine the effort to send Barack back to Chicago by speaking on behalf of “hope and change” and expressing the comforting opinion that “the president has already changed a great deal.”

Rather than lay the groundwork for Obama’s defeat in 2012, the Arizona senator is fast becoming a foundational promoter for the president’s bid for reelection.  John McCain should be helping to further the Republican platform of smaller government, less spending, privatized health care, low taxes, and all things anti-Obama.  Instead, McCain told John Schieffer that “[t]he president, I think, has learned a lot in the last two years, as any president does.  He is a very intelligent man. I think he’s doing a lot of right things.”

If John McCain’s mouth even comes within fifty feet of a microphone, it seems as if the senator uses the occasion to underscore what he perceives to be Obama’s positive presidential accomplishments.  Based on McCain’s relentless attempts to undermine Republican chances to gain back the White House, the historically bipartisan Arizona senator’s misappropriated civility indicates that if there is anyone the very partisan Barack Obama can depend upon to help him win a second term, John McCain is the man.

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