About a year ago President Barack Obama was caught on an open mic saying to then Russian President Medvedev that he, Obama, would have more flexibility after the election. What the Russian leader heard of course was – Russia will have more flexibility if Obama is re-elected. And so they have. And so has Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt and the whole Muslim Middle East.
Fifty two Americans were held hostage for 444 days during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. The day Reagan was sworn in replacing Carter as President, Saddam Hussein knew he had lost his flexibility and immediately released all hostages. Less than a week after Obama’s re-election Syria launched rockets into Israel’s Golan Heights. It is the same Golan Heights that Syria invaded and started the 7 Day War in 1967. Now Assad knows all he has to fear is a demand from the U.S. that he stop annoying Israel and a request for negotiation. America isn’t the only nation that lost the election; Israel lost too.
President George W. Bush’s speech after the capture of Saddam Hussein:
“The success of yesterday’s mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq . The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator’s footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them!”
Obama’s speech after the killing of bin Laden:
“And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan . And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan .”
Two very different speeches, one by a leader giving all the credit to those who did the job, the other by Barack Obama.