The Vindication of George W. Bush

posted at 7:15 pm on May 5, 2011 by Guy Benson

As lefties gloat over the political implications of Osama bin Laden’s demise, and the media ramp up an “Obama bounce” meme, conservatives should politely but persistently shift the conversation from politics to policy.  In my latest column for Townhall, I draw on a number of fascinating news accounts elucidating how the our military and intelligence community finally nailed bin Laden.  US officials describe a “mosaic” of intelligence that ultimately led a team of Navy SEALs to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan — suggesting that it took many years and myriad sources to pinpoint bin Laden’s precise location.  As we now know, the central strand of intel involved one of bin Laden’s trusted couriers, Abu Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti; finding him was the key to locating his boss.  The early evidence is in, and President Bush and his team should feel gratified and vindicated:

Osama bin Laden was found because the United States military exploited actionable intelligence extracted by subjecting terrorists to enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) in secret CIA prisons, by questioning enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, and by capturing a top al Qaeda source in Iraq.

As long as some liberals remain intent on keeping political score, it must be pointed out that all three sources of these indispensible data points were direct or indirect results of Bush policies – EITs, Gitmo, and the Iraq war – that much of the American Left, including Barack Obama, fought tooth and nail.

Much of the evidence I cite to back up my thesis comes from two sources:  A short AP story published shortly after the raid (and linked here by Allahpundit), and an incredibly detailed piece in London’s Daily Telegraph.  A few key bits from the resulting information goldmine:

On the Guantanamo connection -

Secret American military files from Guantanamo Bay, leaked to Wikileaks and seen by The Daily Telegraph, suggest that al-Kuwaiti may have been with bin Laden ever since he disappeared from the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan in 2001.

The file for the Guantanamo detainee, Muhammad Mani al-Qahtani, who was to have been the “20th hijacker” on 9/11, contains a reference to the key US intelligence thread that led directly to bin Laden.

According to the file, al-Kuwaiti provided al-Qahtani with computer training for the mission to attack the US in the summer of 2001. Al-Qahtani was told by the lead 9/11 hijacker, Muhammad Atta, “to make reservations and buy airline tickets to Orlando for five individuals” including himself.

“Detainee [al-Qahtani] received computer training from al-Qaeda member Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti in preparation for his mission to the US,” according to the file, dated 30 October 2008.

On KSM, secret CIA “black site” prisons, and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -

Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed’s successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.

The CIA gained crucial information confirming the role of al-Kuwaiti from two inmates at Guantanamo Bay – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi.

Al-Libi’s file, dated 10 September 2008, also refers to his contact with bin Laden’s personal courier, although he gives another name.

And on the Al Qaeda operative captured in Iraq:

The file suggests that the courier’s identity was provided to the US by another key source, the al-Qaida facilitator Hassan Ghul, who was captured in Iraq in 2004 and interrogated by the CIA. Ghul was never sent to Guantanamo but was believed to have been taken to a prison in Pakistan.

He told the Americans that al-Kuwaiti travelled with bin Laden…

The picture that emerges from al-Qahtani’s Guantanamo file supports statements given in the last 24 hours by US officials, who named Ghul as the “linchpin” in the intelligence operation to find bin Laden.

In short, Al-Kuwaiti’s existence was flagged by at least one Guantanamo Bay detainee, his role and pseudonym were confirmed by KSM and al-Libi, and his true identity was spilled by an Al Qaeda terrorist operating in Iraq.  It’s no exaggeration to assert that all three of these intelligence “strands” may never — or perhaps would never — have materialized absent the controversial Bush administration policies listed above.  These facts are not historical footnotes.  They eviscerate a number of core left-wing articles of faith, including the flawed notions that President Bush “took his eye off the [Al Qaeda/bin Laden] ball,” that Iraq was unrelated to the larger war on terror, and that EITs are not effective — not to mention the ongoing obsession with shuttering Gitmo.  As I conclude in the Townhall piece, Presidents Bush and Obama deserve significant credit for this massive accomplishment, and it would be intellectually dishonest to suggest otherwise:

Barack Obama ran for president, in large measure, as the anti-Bush. He was a prominent opponent of the war in Iraq. He promised to shutter the Guantanamo Bay prison. He pledged to ban certain EITs. Today, as president, he is rightfully receiving praise from virtually all quarters for his decisive order to take out the most wanted man in the world. Obama, his supporters, and indeed all Americans have every reason to celebrate that accomplishment. But they must also recognize and appreciate that actions and policies implemented by President Bush, often in the face of searing partisan criticism, played an inextricable role in identifying the dots that were finally connected and acted upon last weekend.

In response to bin Laden’s death, Americans of all partisan stripes should follow the example set forth by the current president and his predecessor:  Credit the brave special ops forces who conducted the daring operation, offer political credit where it’s due, and celebrate this American achievement, which is a gift to all of civilization.

UPDATELarry Elder makes another good point in this vein:

Osama bin Laden was a) killed by a unit overseen by what New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh denounced as Vice President Dick Cheney’s “executive assassination ring,” which was b) sent into action based on intel derived from the now-outlawed “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were c) used on detainees captured during the George W. Bush administration, who were d) being held in now-outlawed “secret prisons” or in the intended-to-be-closed Gitmo.

That’s another feather in Bush’s cap.  All of the detainees/informants involved in this story were captured on his watch.

 

Guy Benson is the Political Editor of Townhall.com — HotAir’s sister site — and hosts the Guy Benson Show.  Follow him on twitter: @guypbenson


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RuPaul on house floor yesterday tried to see just how dishonest and idiotic he could be, basically admitting we should not have hunt down and killed bin laden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBwn-cS7GNY&feature=youtu.be

which his truther base will love

jp on May 5, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Unlike Obama, GW ha class, courage, humility and an impeccable sense of honor.

rplat on May 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Yes I do miss him. A lot.

angryed on May 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

But what about all the intelligence gathered through Obama’s policy of by dropping bombs from drones instead of capturing and interrogating al Qaeda members?

pedestrian on May 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM

I’m a Libertarian and these are policies, that my fellow Libertarians ripped Bush to shreds over, that I always supported 100%. If I could have waterboarded them myself, I would have.

Shiny_Tiara on May 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

That’s another feather in Bush’s cap. All of the detainees/informants involved in this story were captured on his watch.

This is an inconvenient truth that will be fervently dismissed, denied and forgotten.

Sheep have short memories and this whole thing has been distilled down to a simple and complete Obama victory in a vacuum.

PBoilermaker on May 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Yep, W is the MAN!!

Thank you, Mr. President (Bush)…

Khun Joe on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

George W. Bush needs no vindication. He was always right.

DAT60A3 on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

A gentleman and a bubmler.

Who’d have thunk it that Bush w/b the former?

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM

A gentleman and a bumbler :)

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Thank you President Bush and the men, women, and great dog that saw to it obl was DRT.

BTW, bho is going to give those who did his bidding a chance to gaze on his face to thank them. But the whole world will know where those are and their family. The rop type can make them feel they will under attack by what those who killed obl did. Sad, bho is seeing to it they are in harms way!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_SEALS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-05-05-16-01-13
L

letget on May 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Was Dubya black? No, and that automatically makes him a lesser man and POTUS than Obama.

Bishop on May 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Thank you Dubyah!..:)

Dire Straits on May 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Excellent post Guy..:):)

Dire Straits on May 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

to the left and the media, this is the validation of Obama, to the rest of us its the validation of policies that very same left decried as war crimes, over the long term that would mean advantage ours.

rob verdi on May 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

he is rightfully receiving praise from virtually all quarters for his decisive order to take out the most wanted man in the world.

Did he? Decisive? That describes Barry Obama? Since when?

President Delay and Dither had ‘to sleep on it’!

More correct story: Caught between a rock and a hard place, facing an uphill battle to win re-election, Barry Obama was finally FORCED to concede that ordering the killing of Osama BinLaden was in HIS best political interests. Where it to leak out that BinLaden’s location was known, but Barry stalled long enough for America’s Most Wanted Man to flee once again – he knew that a 2nd term would never happen.

GarandFan on May 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Yep.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

And so………Let It Be Written!!

canopfor on May 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Yep.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

What a great song. I hope Billy Joel doesn’t sue them.

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM

letget on May 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Oh, please no. Lord, keep him away from these fine men!

katy the mean old lady on May 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM

And, for God’s sake, W would’ve NEVER announced the HQ of these brave ones, as Zero has been/is doing !!
(see The Hill article in main headlines)

Sure do miss you, George !!

pambi on May 5, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Bush was right
Osama died

Obama assassined Osama
Makes of it lots of drama

Gives Bush no credit
“What’s this they call merit?”

Version 1001
The Obamafest has just begun

Bush the stumbler
Obama the bumbler

It’s soooo much fun to watch the media and the lefties. They look and act as if the crows stole their last piece of bread. This was to be so different.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2011 at 7:51 PM

good post

Terrye on May 5, 2011 at 7:51 PM

As lefties gloat over the political implications of Osama bin Laden’s demise, and the media ramp up an “Obama bounce” meme,
========

Its Politics baby,like the Wh Gates Cheering GMU Liberal
Students Groups,try’n to Over-Scream the GMU Republican
Students..on OBL’s demise announcement!!
—————————————-

as College Democrats and liberal students led chants in favor of reelecting President Barack Obama shouting, “Four more years!” and “Yes we can!”
(More…….)

http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/02/thousands-spontaneously-gather-in-front-of-white-house-to-celebrate-bin-laden%E2%80%99s-death/
=============

Well,hot d*mn,it was a 2012 Election Campaign Pep Rally
kick-off,and not a Celebration of Snuffing Out OBL!!

WH-HQ. must of text,and twitted,Hopey Mini Million Security
Forces,to mobilize,with bonus exam time off,like the Wiscon
sin Students Educational Protest Field Trips!

And flooded the WH Gates to fire up the Narration!(sarc).

canopfor on May 5, 2011 at 7:40 AM

canopfor on May 5, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Its SO MUCH FUN watching the BDS drones get head splitting heebie jeebies over Bush getting ANY shred of praise for the Bin Laden kill.

s’wonderfull.

s’marvelous.

44Magnum on May 5, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Remember that silly article a while back saying how Bush was a simple thinker and Obama a complex thinker?

Doesn’t that just seem like the most idiotic thing to believe?

Bush’s policies were far too complex for the left to understand with their “complex” thinking. In reality they could only see the most superficial reasons for any of the polcies.

Bush is a complex planner and a long range strategic thinker, Obama and his cronies are superfical, very slow, thinkers.

It isn’t any wonder that people who think so slowly are not able to understand complex systems.

Bush’s brain ran circles around Obama’s brain.

petunia on May 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Yep, W rocks. Stand tall sir, you deserve it.

tarpon on May 5, 2011 at 7:53 PM

The enhanced interrogation is the weakest point… we know that KSM et al were subjected to EIT, but its quite a leap to say that the EIT caused them to give up the information. At the least, though, we got the information from people being held 1) at secret prisons as 2) “illegal enemy combatants” who had no right to legal representation, etc.

I haven’t followed the specifics as much as I’d like, but I got the impression that we used the “illegal warrantless wiretapping” stuff to nail the courier, no?

DaveS on May 5, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I will never forget.

I will always be grateful for GWB.

I am appalled at the glory whore BHO.

That is all.

Key West Reader on May 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Great article, great president.

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Thank you Mr. Bush. You will always be my hero.

mimi1220 on May 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM

conservatives should politely but persistently shift the conversation from politics to policy.
======================================

That,is exactly accurate,while Team Blue,is more worried
about votes,gaining/losing,Muslim Vote/Anti-War Vote,every
single Political minute/moment,is seen through the collectiv
e mindset of Progressive Politicking,and how will it help/e
ffect Barack Obama,and the Liberal Democrat Progressive Soc
ialists!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its always been about the Progressive Party,NOT,AMERICA!!

Theme 2012,Policy over Politics!!

Excellent piece Guy Benson,multiple angles of attack on this
post:)

canopfor on May 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM

What is going on with all the server errors?

Great article, great president. The military misses W for sure. They need a real leader again.

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 7:59 PM

As long as some liberals remain intent on keeping political score, it must be pointed out that all three sources of these indispensible data points were direct or indirect results of Bush policies – EITs, Gitmo, and the Iraq war – that much of the American Left, including Barack Obama, fought tooth and nail.

Excellent point, Guy. While we conservatives know who to thank (Bush/Cheney) we must never…ever…forget that our country is fighting not only AQ and all radical Islamists, but we’re also fighting against the enemy within in the form of the Obama administration.

GrannyDee on May 5, 2011 at 8:03 PM

George W. Bush needs no vindication. He was always right.

DAT60A3 on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

+1000 and great post Mr. Benson. Bush never faltered or let this nation down on his watch….he was like a rock.

Rovin on May 5, 2011 at 8:05 PM

George W. Bush needs no vindication. He was always right.

DAT60A3 on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I don’t know about that but I will say that he left more Presidential fortitude, grace, strength, and all around know-how in the crapper this morning than President Easy Bake will ever hope to have….

BigWyo on May 5, 2011 at 8:12 PM

As long as some liberals remain intent on keeping political score, it must be pointed out that all three sources of these indispensible data points were direct or indirect results of Bush policies – EITs, Gitmo, and the Iraq war – that much of the American Left, including Barack Obama, fought tooth and nail.

I pointed this out on Facebook yesterday. And not one of my progressive friends dared to comment on it. Not one. They are normally at the ready with moveon talking points. Not one.

Shiny_Tiara on May 5, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Thank-Gawd,GWB,CowBoy Up’d,yes,yes,I know that infuriates
the Liberals!!!

Bush Sr. drew a line in the sand,with Operation Desert Shield,then Operation Desert Storm,which,sent a notice
to all thugs!

Bill Clinton fired off cruise missiles,talked the game,
I think there was more combat,that was waged on Cross-Fire
CNN,than Bill did with the US Military!

GWB Jr.took it to the Tall E Ban,set up bases,geared up,
had resolve,and the assest buildup escalated,uninterrupted!

Yes,Liberals went to Court to stop Military Absantee Votes
and Voted to cut off troops*,Pelosi couldn’t shut up about
investigations,Code Pinko’s were running around causing may
hem with the help of Liberal Operators,and ad nausem!!
*(Funding)

2003,Bush set up a base,to strike anywhere within the M.E,
and sent a message!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone really want to entertain any thoughts,that any
Liberal would of retaliated against Muslim Jihady transgress
ions!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 5, 2011 at 8:12 PM

First Obama gets criticized by Ed and Malkin in 2008 for saying he would attack targets in Pakistan without their permission if he had good intelligence that there was a high value target. Then we hear that that Afghanistan is Obama’s war now. Now that there is good news we are supposed to credit Bush. It’s really just a partisan talking point and no different than the silly talking points that came out from the other side with the initial success in Iraq… remember this crap… it was the military that Clinton built that won in Iraq? This has about as much merit.

lexhamfox on May 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

remember this crap… it was the military that Clinton built that won in Iraq? This has about as much merit.

You can gag all you want on this horse pucky lex, I’ll pass.

Rovin on May 5, 2011 at 8:17 PM

George Bush is a murderous, deceitful, spoiled scion of a rich family with deep ties to the Saudi Royal family. Hmmmm. Sounds familiar …

bifidis on May 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM

by the way, nice ploy to take FACTS and call them “talking points”.

Rovin on May 5, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Murderous? Whom, specifically, did he murder?

Khun Joe on May 5, 2011 at 8:21 PM

lexhamfox on May 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

bifidis on May 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Beavis and Butthead: “Bush should join Osama in Davy Jones Locker.”

Rovin on May 5, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I give most of the credit for this American triumph to GWB, less to Obama, who was more or less forced into his “gutsy” decision by political necessity. I am also getting heartily sick of the various conflicting stories put out by the WH and trumpeted by the lamestream media. It has gotten to the point where I have ceased to listen to any of it.

Barack Obama is a disaster as a president, no matter if he claims Bin Laden’s head on a platter or not. I had to fill my gas tank this morning. The first thing I thought when I saw the price was not that Osama was dead but that my wallet was taking another hit.

hachiban on May 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Yes, W, I do miss you, Sir.

Mason on May 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM

George Bush is a murderous, deceitful, spoiled scion of a rich family with deep ties to the Saudi Royal family. Hmmmm. Sounds familiar …

bifidis on May 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM

obama is the worst president this country has ever known. He is as conceited as he is inept. He is quite possibly the only living man that could have still made his entire administration look like a bunch of idiots and flaming azzholes after okaying the attack and successful elimination of Osama Lin Laden. He is quite possibly the stupidest “smart” man I know.

And BTW, all the military that served under President Bush, I suppose we’re all a bunch of murderers too?

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I am also getting heartily sick of the various conflicting stories put out by the WH and trumpeted by the lamestream media. hachiban on May 5, 2011 at 8:25 PM

To extrapolate:

davidr from Weazelzippers says:
May 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Just to make sure I have the story straight…
1) There was a firefight.
2) There was no firefight.
3) Bin Laden was “resisting.”
4) Bin Laden wasn’t armed. (Makes the concept of “resisting” interesting.)
[4.a) And the newest one: the SEALS thought bin Laden was reaching for a weapon.]
5) He used his wife as a shield.
6) His wife was killed too.
7) He didn’t use his wife as a shield. She ran at a SEAL who shot her in the leg, but she’s fine.
8 ) Some other woman — the maid? — was used as a shield. By somebody. Downstairs.
9) That other woman — downstairs — was killed.
10) Maybe not. She was killed unless she wasn’t — and who was she, anyway?
11) Bin Laden’s son was killed.
12) Unless it was some other guy.
13) Bin Laden’s daughter saw him get killed. She’s undoubtedly traumatized, poor dear.
14) They were going to capture Bin Laden until the problem with the helicopter, which was:
…..A) It had mechanical trouble
…..B) It did a hard landing
…..C) It crashed
…..D) It clipped a wall with a tail rotor, effectively a crash
15.) They were never going to try to capture him; it was always a kill mission.
16.) No, it wasn’t.
17) The chopper blew up.
18) The SEALs blew it up.
19.) Panetta said yesterday the world needed proof and the photo would be released.
20.) Obama said today in an interview he taped with Steve Kroft for “60 Minutes” to be broadcast Sunday that it won’t be released. It’s too gruesome, would offend Muslim sensibilities (something he worries about a lot — I personally do not give a warm fart on a wet Wednesday about Muslim sensibilities), and how would Americans feel if Muslims released pictures of dead Americans?
21.) Kroft — who’s not a total idiot — pointed out that ever since “Black Hawk Down” days, Muslims have been doing precisely that, filming American bodies being dragged through the streets, filming Daniel Pearl’s head being cut off, filming any and everything.
22) Obama gets pissed at CBS, the tape gets cleaned up, that question disappears. (Inside info.)
23.) We got a “treasure trove” of stuff from hard drives, etc.
24.) There were no phone lines, and no internet access at the “mansion,” they didn’t even have TV — what “treasure trove?”
25.) There is obviously in the pictures of the place a large satellite dish. I guess they used it for making salads.
26.) And now, just today: apparently the idea was to capture him, but only if he was naked. There was a suspicion he might be wearing a suicide bomber type explosive vest, or belt. So if he’s not naked and you can’t see if he has a vest on or not – shoot him.
27) The administration watched a live video feed of the operation.
28) There was no live video feed of the operation.
29) Osama is in no way a Muslim nor a leader.
30) We must show Osama the respect we’d show any Muslim leader.

Confused yet?

Rovin on May 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

The events of the week remind us how blessed we are to have a military with the skill and commitment that ours have. In that spirit, thank you again for your service, sir.

massrighty on May 5, 2011 at 8:40 PM

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 8:37 PM

The events of the week remind us how blessed we are to have a military with the skill and commitment that ours have. In that spirit, thank you again for your service, sir.

massrighty on May 5, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Thanks. I’m just happy to be one the military supporters now. There’s to the youngsters still out there.

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 8:43 PM

+1000 and great post Mr. Benson. Bush never faltered or let this nation down on his watch….he was like a rock.

Rovin on May 5, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Bob Seger floats my boat! ;o)

IowaWoman on May 5, 2011 at 8:44 PM

“Here’s” to the youngsters…

hawkdriver on May 5, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Yes, Sir, I miss you.

You showed your love and devotion to American patriots and warriors every day, not just for your eight years of honorable service at the White House, but for your life. We gladly returned the favor. I could not be happier that it is your signature adorning my Fleet Reserve papers.

::salute::

Freelancer on May 5, 2011 at 8:46 PM

George W. Bush needs no vindication. He was always right.

DAT60A3 on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Yeah, he was Americas Tony Blair.

BL@KBIRD on May 5, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I see a parallel between Obama’s decision to go after Osama and Bush’s decision to go after Saddam:
-Both relied on CIA & other intelligence
-Neither WMDs nor Osama were guaranteed to be there
-Both men were taking big risks based on the best available intelligence.

The fact that one is vindicated and one is vilified for making a difficult decision at the time speaks to the luck involved with hoping you made the right call.

mdenis39 on May 5, 2011 at 9:01 PM

George W. Bush was and is a class act, start to finish. I miss him desperately. I hope he gets a hero’s welcome in any Texas establishment he steps into…

Grace_is_sufficient on May 5, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Bush did right on what to do about terrorism. And uncovering the connections between terrorists and some of the world’s worst regimes. He was quiet and steadfast on those fronts.

Now I only wish that he had taken the quiet route on ‘saving’ the economy. And making huge bureaucratic organizations like DNI and DHS, with TSA… we would be better off without those.

Unfortunately he came as a package deal, and while I like his work as CinC, I’m very much less appreciative of the way he helped put more power into the federal government. That I could have done without…

ajacksonian on May 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM

First Moses, then King, now Bush:

I have been to the mountaintop and seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but i know The Day is coming.

God Bless George W. Bush.

Bruno Strozek on May 5, 2011 at 9:06 PM

love W

:)

cmsinaz on May 5, 2011 at 9:08 PM

George W. Bush was many things as President but never did we have to doubt that he loved this country or his leadership capabilities. Bush was an outstanding C-in-C, and played a long-term game.

That I think is what people do not get about W. He was never interested in the short-term or in immediate results. What he was aiming for was always years into the future. The more time goes on, the more of this we will see.

He had his flaws, of course, as every being has, but I am convinced he was the right man for the Presidency on 9/11 and the GWOT that followed.

Shogun144 on May 5, 2011 at 9:15 PM

George Bush is a murderous, deceitful, …
 
bifidis on May 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM

 
Not to feed the trolls, but this is for lurkers who’ve just started paying attention to politics:
 
We’ve only had one president in the last 10 years engage in assassinations. Counting the (failed) bombing attempt on Libya’s ruler, Obama is already up to two this year.
 

After a firefight,” the President said, “they killed Osama Bin Laden.

rogerb on May 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

That’s another feather in Bush’s cap. All of the detainees/informants involved in this story were captured on his watch.

This is an excellent rundown and I commend you on putting this together. Strong work.

ted c on May 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Yes, W’s approach to security was right (with the exception of TSA).

I think Obama has chosen the drone/kill approach. Just kill them, sacrifice their intel value, and he bets the American people will just accept that.

PattyJ on May 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM

letget on May 5, 2011 at 7:42 PM

How did you find out there was a dog?

ExpressoBold on May 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Bush is a long-term strategic thinker. Obama is quite the opposite. Everything with him boils down to how this decision can help him today.

stvnscott on May 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I’m a Libertarian and these are policies, that my fellow Libertarians ripped Bush to shreds over, that I always supported 100%. If I could have waterboarded them myself, I would have.

Shiny_Tiara on May 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I’m more a neo-libertarian and I agree. My libertarianism stops at harm to innocents inside the country and enemies outside. Enemies have no rights in my eyes.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on May 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

George W. Bush needs no vindication. He was always right.

DAT60A3 on May 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

He was about protecting our country. He never deserved what they did to him. I don’t see the left demonstrating against the Won for doing some of the same things they hated GW for.

wi farmgirl on May 5, 2011 at 10:58 PM

President George W. Bush was in no way perfect, just as each and every POTUS is and was not, but he has my undying loyalty and my sincerest gratitude for as long as I shall live. His foresight and his intestinal fortitude is something sorely lacking now.

Next to President George W. Bush, President Barack Hussein Obama is but a mere shadow. A product of loads of corporate money, Hollywood production lackeys, and a self-absorbed class warfare agenda that is eating away at this nation from the inside out. Barack Hussein Obama will forever be remembered as The Great Divider.

FlatFoot on May 5, 2011 at 10:59 PM

“After a firefight,” the President said, “they killed Osama Bin Laden.

rogerb on May 5, 2011 at 9:24 PM

He had to do what is best for his reelection.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2011 at 11:01 PM

I’m a Libertarian and these are policies, that my fellow Libertarians ripped Bush to shreds over, that I always supported 100%. If I could have waterboarded them myself, I would have.

Shiny_Tiara on May 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I’m more a neo-libertarian and I agree. My libertarianism stops at harm to innocents inside the country and enemies outside. Enemies have no rights in my eyes.

Me too. Many ‘libertarians’ I consider to be phonies, because they don’t seem to take much interest in protecting liberty from outside threats.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on May 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Sharke on May 5, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Sharke on May 5, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Oops, screwed up the blockquote thingy, not used to typing on this laptop with its touchpad, I’m forever moving the cursor around by accident.

Sharke on May 5, 2011 at 11:05 PM

In other words Obama and his partisan drones have made our nation weaker and more prone to future terrorist attacks by undermining the very programs and methods that allowed this great victory.

Thanks, you posturing, useless jackasses.

profitsbeard on May 5, 2011 at 11:39 PM

A man can see farther when standing on the shoulders of giants.

Obama could see into Bin Laden’s hideout by standing on the shoulders and tireless work of George W. Bush.

If Obama can’t bring himself to thank Bush, millions of grateful Americans will.

Steve Z on May 6, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Thank you Poland and Romania !!

I hear of EITs (plural) but what other types exist besides waterboarding?

Sherman1864 on May 6, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Ahhhhhhh….just got home from a Cinco de mayo party that was full of Liberals.
Of course, the conversation turned to politics after they had a few margaritas……. you could have heard a pin drop when I said basically what this article says and pointed out that Obozo essentially has continued GB’s policies, and that’s why we finally got Osaka Been Hidin……totally worth hearing them go off about how we need illegal immigrants since they are all doing the work that white people wont do for more than an hour. That was another pin drop moment when I pointed out how much of this country’s infrastructure was built by “white people” – like Italians, Poles, Irish etc.

Boy, they sure don’t like having their self aggrandizing culture meetings infiltrated.
:)

KMC1 on May 6, 2011 at 2:15 AM

One problem I have with this discussion of enhanced interrogation is that we can not have any idea if waterboarding made the difference or not. While the specific questions might not have been asked during the waterboarding session, the experience would linger on the mind of the person who experienced it and might make them more forthcoming in subsequent interrogation.

Just because a particular piece of information wasn’t a direct result of the technique, the technique might be responsible, at least in part, for all information gleaned after the subject experiences the procedure.

crosspatch on May 6, 2011 at 2:19 AM

Thank you Poland and Romania !!
Sherman1864 on May 6, 2011 at 1:39 AM

You’re welcome. Just a few days ago Romania allowed an US anti-missile base to be built on it’s territory, to the dismay of the Russians.

Yet I have to hear about any military aid, while countries like Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt – with populations being almost in their entirety against Western values – are flush with US aid. Not speaking about high tech equipment going to Saudis, which will go into the hands of terrorists sooner or later.

Maybe we’ll open up our reeducation camps from the ’50 to accommodate several trolls on this board, to see with their own eyes the communist dream… 0sama was/ 0bama is a little kid compared with what happened here from WW2 to ’89.

Rookie on May 6, 2011 at 3:55 AM

In ’99 when Bush was campaigning in WA I was there visiting and took my Mom to see him. He spoke to a large crowd and we were in the back. As the speech ended and Bush was walking away with his entourage, I wiggled through the crowd with Mom in tow and yelled, “Hey George!” He stopped and looked back, turned around and came all the way back to me. I shook his hand and asked if he could sign my dear sweet Mom’s book which he did, and he said, “we have something in common.” I said, “what’s that?” He said, “we both love our mothers.” I wonder if B.O. would have stopped and came back to some guy wearing a baseball hat and long hair when he had a busy schedule? I kind of doubt it. Bush is awesome, I don’t care what the whacko left says. And so is Cheney!

tbear44 on May 6, 2011 at 4:38 AM

tbear44- great story. I saw an interview with Cheney this week. He sounded bad, like he was gasping for breath. I’m afraid we’re gonna lose him soon. I heard his heart was failing but he wouldn’t go on the transplant list.
I miss W. He had his faults, but when he spoke to the American people, you could tell he cared. This new one, not so much.

amynorw on May 6, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Larry Elder is exactly correct

georgealbert on May 6, 2011 at 7:53 AM

amynorw on May 6, 2011 at 5:27 AM

The Left already decided there was no chance VP Cheney could receive a heart transplant. The media pressure would have been impossible to get past.

hawkdriver on May 6, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Not so fast. As recently as February,in a speech at SMU in Dallas he implied that those who want to want US immigration laws strictly enforced are “nativists”. A nice way of calling us racists. George W. Bush and K. Rove did more to damage the Republican Party than did Richard Nixon. You people go ahead and slobber all over him if you like. Count me out. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

But what about all the intelligence gathered through Obama’s policy of by dropping bombs from drones instead of capturing and interrogating al Qaeda members?

pedestrian on May 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Dead men tell no secrets

Bevan on May 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM

You people go ahead and slobber all over him if you like. Count me out. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Have it your way. You’re out.

hawkdriver on May 6, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I’m glad that the servicemen and woman always gave George the warmest of welcomes

there is a reason

bammy will never know

Sonosam on May 6, 2011 at 12:03 PM