Did Bush save Obama’s ass, yet again?

Cause it sure as hell looks like Obama can just blame Bush:

The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil similar to last week’s raid that killed the al-Qaida leader, the Guardian has learned. The deal was struck between the military leader General Pervez Musharraf and President George Bush after Bin Laden escaped US forces in the mountains of Tora Bora in late 2001, according to serving and retired Pakistani and US officials.

Under its terms, Pakistan would allow US forces to conduct a unilateral raid inside Pakistan in search of Bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the al-Qaida No3. Afterwards, both sides agreed, Pakistan would vociferously protest the incursion. “There was an agreement between Bush and Musharraf that if we knew where Osama was, we were going to come and get him,” said a former senior US official with knowledge of counterterrorism operations. “The Pakistanis would put up a hue and cry, but they wouldn’t stop us.”

The deal puts a new complexion on the political storm triggered by Bin Laden’s death in Abbottabad, 35 miles north of Islamabad, where a team of US navy Seals assaulted his safe house in the early hours of 2 May.

If things go south Obama will blame Bush, which should play real well with his base. After all, “blame Bush” has been their only answer for every problem. If not, and people finally stop wasting time on this issue – cause really, UBL was not a head of state, and we were not going to bring him back to the US or Gitmo, because this would just make the BDS infected left have to deal with the consequences of the insanity which colored all their critique of everything related to the GWoT, because they knew Bush was motivated by evil and nefarious reasons – and move on, then Obama did it. And wants his props already! Forget the abysmal economy and the fact the US is racing Greece to third world banana republic status with the economic policies of this bunch: Obama is a bad ass! He killed bin Laden. Would have done so himself if his lawyers had not told him he shouldn’t.

Not a bad deal IMO.

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  1. richtaylor365

    If things go south Obama will blame Bush

    In this instance, I don’t think your criticisms are valid. Agreement or no agreement, this was a unilateral decision, hence no heads up was given to Pakistan ahead of time. Technically Obama was hanging himself out there with his “go” decision, and if things did go south, his name was on the order.

    Smack him for the bad economy, his class warfare, his energy policies, and thousand other things, but I’m glad we got OBL, and Obama gave the order, good on him.

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  2. AlexInCT *

    Rich,

    I am totally with you. Yes, Obama made a gutsy call and all that, and UBL being in hell finally is even better, even if he then tried to hog the credit and shot himself in the foot doing so. Obama did the right thing making this call. Period. But I do not doubt that he & his clique feels things go south on this, that they can’t just blame Bush. They have done it every other time, and the MSM has backed them up. That was my point. Now he even has an excuse to do so. Bush made the deal, after all!

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  3. Rann

    I actually don’t think he’ll try that this time. He’s been being smacked with “Senator Obama vs. President Obama” so much lately that even he has to see that turning on Bush after praising him in his “Osama’s dead” speech (even if it was praise in an attempt to grab credit) would just lead to “President Obama on May 1st vs. President Obama on May 15th”.

    I certainly wouldn’t rule it out, but he’s been smacked so much lately that he may start playing it smarter just out of the same basic instinct that a hamster learns when a food pellet is wired with electricity.

    Obama’s best and only hope in this is to stick to his guns and, if necessary, use this the same as he used Bush in his speech. “I made the call, I did what was necessary, and now it turns out we’d had an agreement with them that we could do it ahead of time.”

    Obama’s sole hope heading into this election might be to hastily reinvent himself as a strong wartime President. This was almost certainly his motivation for going into Libya, but he hasn’t really displayed the outward traits until now. Suddenly turning into a hawk might be seen as the only chance he has.

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  4. CM

    Slightly off-topic , but are you guys suggesting Obama isn’t the favourite to win the next Presidential election? Surely he’s the firm favourite at this point, given the serious lack of legitimate Republican contenders, the fact that none have even bothered to start their campaigns, and especially considering the election will likely coincide with the economy heading more strongly in the ‘right’ direction. No?
    I think ‘he can blame Bush’ is a little ODSish. Stating that blamng Bus ‘has been their only answer for every problem’ is definitely ODS.

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  5. richtaylor365

    Slightly off-topic , but are you guys suggesting Obama isn’t the favourite to win the next Presidential election?

    Not me. Even if the economy, the unemployment rate, the price of gas, the growing deficit, all these things are unchanged, you still have to beat the incumbent.

    I would like to think that he will at least be vulnerable but it will take a candidate savvy enough to take advantage, to articulate a better plan, and to convince some of that 50% that don’t pay taxes why taking from those that do is not sound or productive for the nation. No small mean feat.

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  6. Rann

    First, as little as half a year ago, there were a fair number of Democrats around the web who were venturing the idea that maybe Obama shouldn’t run. The country has gotten so much worse under his tenure that, regardless of where you think the blame falls for that, the phrase “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” will rarely have as much power as it will in 2012.

    Republican contenders, the fact that none have even bothered to start their campaigns

    I know this may be hard to grok, but the election’s still a year and a half away and it’s not really all that normal to start campaigning so early. I know that it may be difficult to forget this, considering that both Obama and Hillary both started campaigning for President the moment they actually ran for Senate, and that Obama began campaigning for his second term the moment he won his first one. In fact, a very real criticism of Obama is that he doesn’t seem to know how to do anything re: politics or governing but campaign.

    No?

    No.

    Stating that blamng Bus ‘has been their only answer for every problem’ is definitely ODS.

    Perhaps not only. But implying that blaming Bush hasn’t been their favorite answer, especially during the first two years, is definitely the sign of an Obot.

    Let me ask you this. Early on when Obama’s critics started asking when we were actually going to see some of this change and hope we were promised, we were told to wait, because things didn’t work instantly and he had to be given time. Is that still going to be your answer at the end of his entire first term? How much time is he to be given? Is it just to be accepted that he required the entire eight years rather than getting anything done in four? Was Obama’s “great plan” based on him getting two terms? (If so, that seems like the height of arrogance.) And then what if he gets the eight and it hasn’t been turned around by then? Are we supposed to elect his personally chosen successor to carry on because, again, “It takes time”?

    In other words, on what basis do you contend that Obama deserves another four years? Killing Osama has been his first actual victory… he hasn’t carried through on any of his liberal promises (at least one has, but that was closer to being in spite of him), he hasn’t crossed the aisle for any conservative victories (again, unless you consider Osama as such), what exactly has he done even from a Democrat perspective to deserve an extension of four more years on his change and hope, other than not being a Republican?

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  7. AlexInCT *

    Don’t forget the billion dollars the democrats are raising for, him while demonizing the other side for being in the pocket of special interests.

    I am with you right now CM. The republicans seem heel bent on giving us the lousiest of candidates possible, and thus, keeping Obama in the WH for 4 more years, so he can keep at the job of destroying this country. Freaking unbelievable.

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  8. AlexInCT *

    Let me ask you this. Early on when Obama’s critics started asking when we were actually going to see some of this change and hope we were promised,

    At the risk of being trite, I am still hoping this guys leaves me with some change and not living in destitution at the rate he is going.

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