What if Bush Had Caught bin Laden?

Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily Pakistan...

Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily Pakistan in 1997; behind him on the wall is an AK-47 carbine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course George W. Bush never actually caught bin Laden. President Obama did. In fact, Bush made it a point to not to capture or kill America’s number one enemy. He went out of his way to avoid going after Osama bin Laden and even used his fugitive status as an excuse to invade Iraq. In point of fact he publicly jested about his invasion of Iraq under false pretenses, lifting up the tablecloth at a banquet to mockingly say, “Nope, no weapons of Mass Destruction here”. It actually benefited Bush politically to have bin Laden at large.

Bush even went on TV to say he had no intention of looking for bin Laden. It just wasn’t a priority to bring the mastermind for 9-11 to justice. One can only presume that there was a legitimate reason for this. Maybe he didn’t want to appear to be intimidated by bin Laden’s at large status. Perhaps he didn’t actually know how or where to look for America’s number one enemy. Maybe he wanted us to buy into the military industrial complex he’d set up in Iraq as a legitimate way to make us feel safe.

Whatever the reason, Bush had seven years to get Osama bin Laden. He failed to do so but his successor, Barack Obama did. In a carefully thought out and impeccably planned and executed procedure, Navy Seal Team Six under Barack Obama’s orders finished the job that George W. Bush refused to do.

But what if George W. Bush had captured and killed Osama bin Laden? Would he have been met with the same amount of casual disregard as President Obama? Probably not. We’d probably have another aircraft carrier moment. We’d probably be replacing Ulysses C. Grant’s picture on fifty dollar bills with George W. Bush’s likeness. They’d be probably be clearing the granite debris away from Bush’s bust at Mount Rushmore about now. We’d be having parades and holidays in his honour. I bet we would rename Columbus Day in Bush’s honour. But instead we’re saying, ‘Meh, it’s what any President would do’.

Really? Osama bin Laden executed the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. President Obama brought him to justice. And all that we have is, ‘Meh, Its what any President would do’?

I just have to ask why is it that we don’t give President Obama the credit he is due for eliminating the number one enemy of this country? Why is he held to a different standard?

Bush will forever be linked to 9-11. He was the sitting President when Osama bin Laden’s twenty associates boarded planes bound for American targets and took down the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and what was likely to be the White House had not some brave passengers sacrificed their lives to stop it over the fields of Pennsylvania. He was the leader responsible for responding to those attacks. And he will forever be the person responsible for unnecessarily invading Iraq under the auspices of retaliating for the attacks of 9-11.

Not long after 9-11, Bush made the comment that he wasn’t really interested in finding Osama bin Laden. While he was jokingly looking under the tablecloth at a presidential dinner the mastermind of 9-11 was watching videos in Pakistan with his wives and children. Is there a reason we give George W. Bush a pass on this and neglect to give Barack Obama the credit for bringing the man responsible for this generation’s Pearl Harbor to justice?

Just sayin’.


About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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