Monday, May 2, 2011

Taking Out both Trump and Osama in the Same Weekend: The Impeccable Timing of President Obama

From taking on Trump to taking out Osama: Obama's timing is impeccable

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World, – scholarship in Action 

President Obama's announcement that the U.S. military has killed Osama Bin Laden was an obvious show-stopper, both literally and figuratively. The world has been waiting for years to have some semblance of hope that our failed War on Terror might be coming to an end. Like the War on Drugs so many years before, our nation seems to repeatedly find itself in the middle of battles that simply cannot be won outright.

Most ironic was the fact that the president's timing on his announcement of Bin Laden's death was simply impeccable. Undercutting the morale of Bin Laden supporters was obviously the first objective of this operation. In addition, the president was able to throw a mighty stone and take down several of his domestic political enemies in one fell swoop.

The first blow for the president is the fact that he "just happened" to announce the death of Bin Laden exactly eight years after the infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech delivered by President George W. Bush in 2003. The speech announced the end of all major combat operations in Iraq right after Bush made a publicity-grabbing arrested landing on the USSAbraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. The moment became one of several sore points of the Bush presidency, for all of us know that this was just the beginning as it pertained to our little adventure in Iraq.


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