Just as John F. Kennedy gets credit for Americans landing on the moon, so should George Bush get credit for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden.*
Momentous events that have changed American history have had at their core leadership that transcended party, administration and even time. President Kennedy’s vision for the moon landing, like PresidentBush’s vision for the hunt for Osama bin Laden, set in motion events that changed the world.
It would take one giant leap for mankind to pretend President Nixon was the driving force behind the Apollo missions. He deserves credit, of course, for following Kennedy’s vision, just as President Obama deserves credit for following Mr. Bush’s vision, but it would be the step of a truly small man to ignore the real visionaries.
Or maybe the parallel is this:
The United States is attacked from the moon in 1961, and after a committing this nation, “before [the] decade is out” to landing on the moon to teach it a lesson, President A decides to try and land on Mars first, actually disbanding the dedicated group that was planning the moon journey. And while people still worked on the project, President A claims that “he really [doesn’t] spend much time thinking” about the moon; that project is, essentially, dead.
Eight years after the President A’s proclamation, a new President comes into office, and resurrects the group dedicated to the moon landing and tells his director of space stuff that a moon landing is his highest priority. Nineteen months after President B takes office, he is presented with a lead on a way to get to the moon; he works with his staff to develop options to do so, and, in the end chooses a high risk/high reward method hat succeeds brilliantly, all the while managing to keep the operation secret in a government that leaks like a sieve.
Thats sort of how it went with Kennedy and Nixon, right?
Bush deserves “credit” for the raid on Bin Laden in the same way that a drunk driver deserves credit for the paramedic who pulls his victims out of a burning car.
* NOTE: I warn you – this is the Washington Times I’m linking to. My favorite parts of the article? The byline – “Dr. Milton R. Wolf” – and the biographical sentence at the end -“Dr. Milton R. Wolf, a Washington Times columnist, is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and President Obama’s cousin. He blogs at miltonwolf.com.”
Because it’s a tough call which makes Dr. Wolf more credible on this issue: his board certification in diagnostic radiology, or the fact that he is Barack Obama’s second cousin, once removed. Although I’m sure cousin Barack spills all his secret socialist Kenyan master plans at the family reunions, so there is that…