Found a funny video about Wiccans by what appears to be a Wiccan. Consider it a rant by proxy...I love Wicca, but usually can't stand Wiccans.
When I first started this blog it was my intent to accompany my cathartic rants with a few miscellaneous tidbits reflecting my own personal fancies. A primary category I wanted to include was a section for book reviews. To date I believe I have given once such "review", if I can call it that.
On this occasion though, I want to give a book recommendation instead...sans review. Frankly, I haven't a clue of the contents within Geert Wilders new title, Marked For Death, and in all truth, I really don't care. If for no other reason, I have purchased the book to support the author.
I won't tread into laborious details on who Geert Wilders is, and why we should care. Instead I would refer you to my previous post on this courageous Dutch patriot, and to the interwebz. What I will say is that Wilders is a genuine hero to my mind, and deserving of your support as well.
Add to this my absolute delight that the foreword is by none other than the great Mark Steyn, and it is for me an absolute must. Said foreword by Mr. Steyn is to me a remarkable stamp of approval in terms of quality. Although I may not be intimately familiar with any previous prose from Wilders, Steyn is a heavy-weight in my opinion. In fact, if you order the book from his website (here), he will even sign the book for you! (Check out Marks books as well. You're already there, and they are fantastic!).
As a follow up to the last post (so this makes, what...two this year so far?), I had the opportunity to witness yet another OWS event today. Well, technically it wasn't Occupy Wall Street, since we were not on Wall Street. But that really doesn't matter, since "Occupy" is the important part of the equation. The whole Occupy "movement" has expanded well beyond Wall Street. Now it's Occupy <insert geographical location>. But here's basically how the whole thing shook out...
The Occupiers did thier little march down the streets, and eventually ended up at the Legislature building. True to form, they were representing the 99%...all thirty of them. It was the usual mish-mash of liberal parasites and juvenile miscreants. Some prefered to express themselves as fashionable radicals...anarchy signs, V for Vendetta masks, mohawks...the sort of stuff that respectable protesters wear these days.
The universally chanted theme of solidarity seemed to once again be lost in any effort to cobble together a coherent message or theme. It was a litany of groaning and whining about various bad guys who are the cause of all woes for us ninety-nine percenters...big oil, corporate fat-cats, conservative politicians...you know, the usual whipping boys for these sort of folks.
One guy went on and on about how we are all connected, that everything was energy at its base, and that we had the power to change the focus of our own energy. From a neo-Wiccan point of view, I was surprised to hear quite a bit that I agreed with. But the conclusion was a spectacular fail. While tooling around the fringes of saying that we each individually have the power to change our own lot in life, instead we arrive at the not-so-surprising and anti-climatic conclusion that we should be using this personal energy in solidarity with the purpose of taking other peoples stuff. And this is the true base message, where there is any, of the whole Occupy thing...greed and envy. Somebody else has, therefore I am entitled.
Here's a real neat angle, offered up by one of the speakers: allegedly in unison with other women, and by extension representing all women (natch), there is apparently now a "right" to supply a wage for stay-at-home mothers. That's right...spread your legs, and Pow!...you are now entitled to a paycheck for the next 18 years. Never mind that somebody else has to take responsibility for providing that lifestyle for you.
This, folks, is exactly how a pro-life guy like me becomes an advocate for retroactive abortion. Listening to all of the hippies, neo-hippies, college "educated" morons, and various riff-raff drone on and on about how somebody else owes them something, and how it somehow at some point magically morphs into a "right"...well, it is sometimes about all a fella can do to keep from going postal (not literally...the last thing I need is some liberal retard calling the cops becuase he/she feels threatened with a blog post). But back to the point...yeah, I say that if after a couple decades a person still thinks like this...abort 'em. They are not viable. They are a parasite. Fancy that...we slaughter...er, I mean terminate the innocent ones, and the rotten ones we give rights to. Wow...
Well, there you have it...my venting is now complete. Once again the forces of self-righteous greed have shown themselves as the pathetic would-be mob in search of a socialist utopia that they are. Here's a novel idea...how about you losers try occupying a job? And if things are tight, occupy two. Thats what the grown ups do...and usually it leaves them little time for nonsense, or greed.
It's been a while since I have posted, and hell...it may be while longer until my next rant. Real life and a variety of interests, not to mention a recurring bad case of the lazies, can be a real stumbling block. But here's an issue that I felt compelled to get indignant about.
I remember when the Tea Party first came about, and feeling somewhat indifferent and even cautious. I wanted to wait for a little bit and see what was going to shake out of the whole thing. To my pleasant surprise I was amazed that these folks seemed to have hit it just right in terms of the principles upon which they stood: A return to limited (Constitutional) government, less taxes (Federally madated slavery), and getting the power-hungry bureaucracy out of the way of a free (and healthy) economy..just to name a few.
I knew that we were striking gold with this movement when the liberal distortion-machine kicked into gear and the corrupt mainstream media started parroting thier propoganda. What any reasonably honest person would describe as a respectful and patriotic (at least from thier view) bunch was all of a sudden a gaggle of fringe miscreants with a heavy streak of racism. Translated from liberal-speak, they were the unabashed good guys. The left simply cannot deal fairly with the principled right.
Fast forward a bit and we find the left taking a page from the Tea Party folks, jumping out in the streets with thier own version of the TP: the Occupy Wall Street movement. Never mind that, despite the subserviant media charicatures, the Tea Party were an overwhelmingly dignified bunch that stood on firm principles rooted in our greatest traditions, while the OWS mob were a bunch of clowns without a clear message or goal except to extract from others (the "1%") the fruits of thier labor. And let us put aside also that thier "movement", which supposedly represented the entirety of us in the "99%" (an incredibly smug claim, to say the least), was characterized by crime and walking the borderline of riotous behavior rather than the comparitively timid behavior of those "extremist" "Tea Baggers".
No, what ought to concern us is whom the MSM and liberal politicians villainized, and whom they endorsed. It speaks volumes to the character and nature of these who depend on the ignorance of common folk to accept thier propoganda as gospel. The fact that they can do so with such frequency and hubris confirms that far too many are mere sheep, a fact they know well.
In an effort to aid the "sheeple", allow me to present here a clear and accurate distinction between the two. OWS is no Tea Party...the difference is profound, it is the difference between destroying our country and saving it.
- VS Page
The Dutch courts today acquitted populist politician Geert Wilders from charges of discrimination and using hate speech. This is a great day, my friends...and lovers of true liberty around the world should rejoice.
The summarized story is this: a lot of destabilization and unrest have come with the massive influx of muslim immigrants to Holland (a common problem amongst many western countries). WIth an increased population have come many demands to change Holland into something unlike Holland...you know, into something more like the intolerant third world countries that these ungrateful parasites came from.
Enter Geert Wilders, the gutsiest and arguably most patriotic of parliamentary members in the Dutch House of Representatives. Where a majority of his political peers succumb completely (and suicidally) to the pressures of political correctness, Geert has been vocal in noting the dangers of radical Islam, particularly if it is not curtailed while it continues to infest his country to a greater degree every year.
Setting about to warn his countrymen of the dangers of failing to take action in maintaining the rights, freedoms, and culture of Holland, he has been criticized as an extremist, a reactionary, and of course as a racist fear-monger. His insistence that immigrants conform to dutch culture rather than push it out in preference of their own foreign culture has angered many within the Muslim community worldwide.
My opinion is simply this: Geert Wilders had the guts to say what many of the fearful and the brainwashed will not...Islam is a huge problem, period. Where most prefer to stick their heads in the sand and pretend that this murderous religion is something other than what it is, Geert Wilders had the courage and fortitude to say it like it is. Where many countries are in the process of committing slow suicide by pandering to these obnoxious slaves to a 7th century barbarically tyrannical culture, Wilders stands out amongst a seemingly minute selection of heroes who still have the guts to stand for freedom and to describe plainly the blatantly obvious.
It is no surprise these days that he was attacked so dishonestly and with such rage for taking his argument to the public. That is the modus operandi of the evil in this era. Free speech is only for the bad guys...for those who oppose them, it is called hate speech. Use any means at your disposal, including violence, to shut down criticism. Infiltrate and indoctrinate, or else annihilate.
Wilders' crime, if we could call it that with any integrity at all, was to call them out publicly for the intolerant and insistent savages that they are, and to do so in an age when the masses prefer to slumber blissfully into oblivion rather than be roused to the dangers at their door. Although he has never once called for physical action or violence (where many of his critics have and do), he was accused of exercising "hate speech" (what others call free speech). Today the courts found him innocent of these preposterous charges.
The fact that something as ridiculously obvious as a right to free speech still has to be defended in the courts is simply frightening. A massive shift has taken place in western civilization. Ideas and speech that were once understood or thought to be dangerous have come a long way. Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Feminism, Aryanism, Anti-Semitism...the list goes on with these hate filled doctrines...have all been traditionally rejected, understood to at least be somewhat perverse ideologies incompatible with the natural world (the nature of mankind) and / or the concept of individual liberty and freedom. Now, however, through the use of various methods and avenues, many of these ideas have gained traction, all under the protection of liberties granted by the societies which they abhor and oppose. Where permissiveness was granted most leniently to unpopular ideas and beliefs, the beneficiaries of such graciousness are now the first to deny it to others. All the while increasingly liberal societies are blinded by their own irrational and unreasonable ideologies, often making pronouncements in favor of tyrannical minority groups, as much as these may defy the sensibilities of the majority whom these governments are charged to protect and serve. For instance, the Labour government of England actually banned Wilders from entering the country in 2009, saying his presence would constitute a "threat to one of the fundamental interests of society." What principle, eh? Wilders is the threat to society...not the terrorist acolytes of whom he speaks. Weak kneed and unprincipled leaders with twisted doctrines like these are precisely the primary threat to free civilization in the modern era.
Thus we have a violent thuggish cult (yes, yes, I know there are "moderate" Muslims...do we have to go there yet again?) who has absolutely no regard for the rights and freedoms of others outside of its own narrow sphere, and in fact seeks to dominate or destroy them. Yet, when criticisms are levied (which are far milder than those received the other way around), it is all of a sudden a hate crime that we are supposed to take seriously? Unfortunately, these sorts of asinine charges are made because they have some effect in our topsy-turvy twisted system.
This is why today is a great day. A courageous man was vindicated, an uncertain outcome in increasingly corrupt courtrooms. His positions are popular, but rarely spoken because the oppresive weight of liberal political correctness is even more pervasive.
We need to wake up. For every Geert Wilders who has the advantages of popularity, public support, political connections, and financial resources, there are many others who are crushed under the tyranny of political correctness run amok in our governments and our courtrooms.
Here's a bit of parting wisdom...whenever you hear someone using the term "hate speech" or "hate crime", understand immediately that you are dealing with either the enemy or the indoctrinated. These are wickedly deceptive terms used to shut down free speech and debate for the purpose of forcing their own twisted ideology. Decent and thinking people do not use these terms, and understand them as merely one in a host of dishonest and dishonorable tactics used to coerce and ultimately enslave.
Long live Geert!!
P.S. Thanks to WP and Elphaba at Red State Witch for bringing Wilders to my attention many moons ago!
There is something special that happens with a persons ascension to power. When the personal coffers flow and celebrity draws the dumb masses to your feet with whispers you can only interpret as confirmation of your greatness...well, the world changes. And it does it all for you. How could it not? The stars have aligned with no purpose other than to proclaim your superiority. It doesn't matter how you got there...athlete, movie star, singer, or politician...they are all the same, paths to a destiny meant only for the anointed amongst us. And when you get there it simply would not do to concern yourself with the petty matters in life...your new calling can be nothing less than the indulgent self adulation to which you are most certainly entitled.
So here we are in very familiar circumstances...yet another elite darling caught in a sex scandal...kind of. Big shocker, eh?
In case the opening paragraph didn't make the point, I absolutely detest the rich and powerful. It's not the money they have, or necessarily the power either. It's what these things so often do to those that have them. Consider, for example, one of Rep. Weiners friends, Ben Affleck. Now big Ben, as I never like to call him, at one point was a simple rube with a lucky break. But now, despite being a mediocre actor at best, it would seem that in some circles he's something of a pop-culture Pope...and to listen to the guy sometimes, one would think that he actually believes it. And he's got nothing on the hubris of his buddy, Matt Damon. What is it that makes these people think that because they got a lucky break or two that all of a sudden they are smarter than the average guy...that somewhere along the line they sprouted a brain and are in fact now experts on everything from poverty to foreign affairs? To listen to them certainly disproves any such thing, no?
But I digress.
The point of this rant concerns itself not with spoiled Hollywood morons, but with another spoiled moron of a different profession: New York Representative Anthony Weiner. For those who haven't paid attention to the news as of late, let me sum up the story briefly and concisely: Weiner got caught sending somewhat risque photos of himself to a woman not his wife, and has been found to have been involved with several women via social networking sites.
Several Republicans are of course calling for his head on a pike, and there appear to be a few liberals who are willing to go along with that. Most, in fact, are distancing themselves from him quite rapidly. Even his buddy Jon Stewart, the man of absolute character that he is, has said that he should step down. This is quite amazing, since Weiner has up until now been an effective and prized champion pit-bull for the left. Me, I think it's absolute nonsense.
Let's be clear here. It was not all that long ago that Billy Blythe III (aka President William J. Clinton) had been serviced quite thoroughly in no place less than the sacred chamber of the Oval Office. For those that remember, at that time Republicans were then also calling for the transgressors head on a pike, resulting in a successful impeachment of the man. He didn't step down, and he was not removed. I thought it was a deplorable act, to the point that I would have concurred with a resignation, but only because I felt it clearly demonstrated a deep contempt for the dignity of the office. The thought of a self-indulgent hippy desecrating the space that had been the office of men far greater than he with animal house antics, well, it caused me some offense, let's put it that way.
But this is something different. First off, this is an incident in which the offensive person merely sent a few photos of himself to another adult via his cell phone. From what I have seen and what I understand thus far, the pictures themselves were, as I said previously, somewhat risque, but otherwise relatively tame. What's more, they appeared to be taken from outside of his office. Bubba, on the other hand, was investigating the tenderness of a woman's tonsils with his somewhat fleshy tongue depressor, all whilst reclining in the chair of the Commander-in-Chief for one of the most noble civilizations in human history (or so we were). To me, these two events are not on the same level of offense. And remember, Bubba got away with it, so there is no way we can pretend anything near consistency by calling for Weiners head. Ahem.
And let us not forget that inappropriate behavior does not restrict itself to the liberals alone. Whilst the libs tend to define themselves in part by their self-indulgence and narcissism, Republicans have had a scandal or two themselves. I have no problems with setting high standards of morality for elected representatives, but Republicans may want to make sure their own house is clean for a while before casting stones. Otherwise, you will inevitably make yourselves look like a bunch of hypocritical asses to a large number of people with little appetite for congressional antics.
Yes, Weiner is a scumbag. But he's a liberal, it is to be expected, no? However, his reckoning is with his wife and his constituents, not the establishment parties. He ought to be stripped of any committee positions or other special offices, certainly. But the rest is a matter between him and those who elected him as far as I am concerned. Let him meet them as a simple and hopefully humbled man, and let them determine his fate.
Not that I am buying into the possibility of real humility for the guy. The lack of sincerity and humility is epidemic in the halls of power, of that much I am sure. When Sen. Chuck Schumer half-heartedly defends him as a "talented and committed public servant", I almost vomit in my mouth a little."Public servant"? Really? It has been some time since most of congress were truly in it to serve the public. Let's get real...most (but not all) of them are in it to serve themselves, not the public. The actions of Rep. Weiner make it clear what sort he is.
And another point before I move on: when the defenders come to his aid with praises for at least confessing his wrongs, we ought be clear about one thing...prior to "confessing" he lied for about a week, blaming it on his account supposedly being hacked. Sorry, but you don't get the credit for being a truth telling confessor after a week of lying and attempted cover-up. By saying that he "confessed" without reference to the previous lies, you give the impression of him as a man of at least some character who admitted his error up front, when in fact this is false. It would be far more accurate to say that he finally admitted the truth, rather than gloss over the truth by simply crediting him with an unqualified confession.
Back to the point. We live in the age of Barney Frank, a despicable fixture in the House of Representatives, who has regular dalliances with other men, and a reputation for lascivious indulgences that would make Caligula proud. Yet, we say almost nothing as to the character of this corrupt homosexual power-monger. And his sexual appetites aside, there is more than enough to convict him, were our system not a broken one without regard for equal justice for all men. But when we so relax our standards that we repeatedly elect leaders with such gluttonous appetites as Barney Frank, I fear that we will only look nothing less than stupid in our hypocrisy whenwe go after Weiner for a few pictures.
We need to clean house, there is no question. And I've no doubt that Weiner is corrupt, even if for no other reason than the fact that he is a modern liberal politician, and therefore is in his heart and mind treacherously opposed to the values and principles upon which this country was founded. But aggressive pursuit in this little incident will come across as petty, because in the grand scheme it is petty. We stopped trying to elect saints many decades ago. Neuter the guy politically if you can, sure, but don't make the mistake of again portraying yourselves as the guardians of moral purity...it doesn't work because nobody buys it.
EDIT: Apparently there is a photo sent by Rep. Weiner of an unclothed, er, wiener. This adds a little bit more to the level of douche-baggery, for certain, but my points still stand.
EDIT #2: I wrote this rant with only a smattering of research on the matter, thinking that little else needed to be revealed. Afterwards I looked a little deeper into the chit-chat surrounding the topic and found 2 noticable items of interest. 1) Where I thought I was being slightly clever with tagging this issue as "Weinergate", it seems that at least one other person beat me to the punch. Damn. 2) While I did not refer beforehand to any of the opinions by persons I normally respect in the political chattering class, I was quite heartened to find my own sentiments nearly parroted by none other than the great Charles Krauthammer, although he of course put things far more eloquently than I. See his commentary on O'Reilly here.
Election season is upon us once again. Dems already know who their candidate is. They've apparently contented themselves to play it safe by continuing support for the current amateur in office, their money riding on the fact that he still seems startlingly electable. Meanwhile, on the other side of the isle things are shaking up a bit, and the race to become the opposition nominee is on.
I am tempted to go off into my own little analysis of the current crop of candidates, but that is something perhaps best left for another time. Instead, I would send out this appeal to my Wiccan (and by extension, Pagan) brethren to really think this one out.
Listen, I get it. Being a liberal is the unwritten commandment amongst modern neopagans. And we don't call it groupthink...nah, we call it enlightenment. I mean, how can so many who hate Bush and the Republicans be wrong, right? (As a quick reminder, Bush is no longer running for any office, so it is best that we redirect our full hatred to someone like Palin, is it not?) And while I'm on it, isn't it way past time we pulled out of Vietnam....er, I mean Iraq, and um, Libya? Oh, wait a minute...Libya is Obamas' little exercise virility via military power...we can't (and don't) bitch about that...anti-war credibility be damned.
Seriously now, my little jabs aside, things are way too serious for us to remain political sheep. It's time to put away the historical revisionism and get a grip on who and what the parties before us actually represent. For a group that prides themselves on being so smart, we pagan types are incredibly stupid when it comes to reasonably understanding history and the parties we elect into power. I am not saying this as a committed Republican (which I am not), but as a convicted (and arguably somewhat educated) conservative libertarian.
Please take a couple minutes and view these videos. They are brief, and will present to you a series of historical facts (many of which I presented in an earlier rant) which completely contradict the image crafted for mass consumption by the left, an image born of deceit and lies for the purposes of misleading you, my well intentioned but grossly misinformed brother. It's time for the thinking pagans with integrity to reassess their allegiances, and their teachers. We are on a downward trajectory...do you really want to be part of the machine that keeps us on this suicidal decline?
It is not my intention to suggest a switch of allegiances from one party to the other (although in this case I think it would certainly be an improvement), but from propaganda to personal integrity. Be responsible. Be educated. Stop buying into canned thoughts cribbed from left wing talking points. In short, stop being what Lenin referred to as a "useful idiot". Know history.
Think folks, think. Blessed be.
I saw this over at Hookers and Booze and just had to steal it. Kinda dove tails off my previous post too, now that I think about it. And besides, I'm a bit of a memeophobe. Enjoy.
I still remember vividly the exact moment we first heard of the attacks that occurred on 9/11. I was sitting at a desk down in the hazmat locker onboard my ship when the Bos'n piped across the 1-MC, followed by the familiar voice of the Captain detailing all he knew of the horrific event. We were over a month into a six month operational tour (or "pleasure cruise", if it can be fairly called that) in the Mediterranean, and as I recall, had thus far been rewarded with a few days R&R in both Gibraltar and Malta. Our new orders, however, were reassignment to the Gulf, by way of the Suez Canal. It is there that we spent the next six months.
It has always been a point of pride for me that we, meaning my ship, was the second to send missiles soaring into what was thought at the time to be Bin Laden territory. I've never made the mistake of confusing our sacrifices for those of the ground-pounders (Marines, Army), but like all branches of the military, there is a cost to service that is common and persistent to all members. And things really change when the drills are over, and you realize that the stakes are now quite real. While not the same as the experience my Jarhead brethren (Semper Fi!) might enjoy, I can assure you that living in Gereral Quarters mode perpetually is not exactly a day at the spa either.
One thing seemingly shared by most, if not all members, wherever I saw them, was a sense of shared focus. Almost gone were the gripes and complaints of daily life onboard ship. For years we had trained, and now the day to put that training to the test had finally come. A certain Chief Fire Control Technician had adopted a particular phrase from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, courtesy of Marc Anthony - "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!". This had become a motto for some of us, especially those of us in the operations/intelligence crowd. And so it was...we were at war, and we were one of the dogs now let slip.
In a mere four months it will have been a full decade that we have been engaged in war, whether or not one wishes to recognize it as such, and it seems like only yesterday. Now, after a long and very costly search, Osama Bin Laden, the head of Al Qaeda and the orchestrator of the deaths of thousands of innocents in America alone, is dead. Good riddance, you demented piece of trash...enjoy your 70 virgins, courtesy of the US Navy Seals.
But I am concerned even yet. To some it is almost a cliche to say "never forget", and it seems we are almost prone to do precisely that. Now I'm not talking about remembering the fallen, our heroes who have died in service. Yes, we should of course remember them, and honor them always. What I mean to say is that we (or many of us) tend to forget the important things from this war...how we got here, and what we have learned. We should have a completely new worldview since 9/11, particularly since we have gleaned more and more insight into the spectre of radical Islam.
Let us not forget that Osama Bin Laden was one man. He was neither the author of radical Islam, nor the primary vehicle of it. He was no more than a distinguishable cog in a much larger machinery, the head of one element within a larger network. The enemy was not simply this man, it was and is the ideology that propelled him. We forget this at our own peril. And forget it many will, despite the persistent evidence in a growing Eurabia that the problem only looms ever larger, regardless of how steadfastly we resolve ourselves to ignoring it. I'm no Nostradamus (whose record wasn't really all that great, when you really look at it), but I think I risk little when I predict that we are still on a course with self-imposed disaster, as our foolhardy notions of tolerance deliver us into the hands of the most intolerant.
As much as it pains me to state the obvious, I suppose I must here do so by saying that our problem is not with Muslims, or Islam per se. I say this for the benefit of the twits out there who see discrimination in every non-liberal statement and for those with a maturity / reason deficit. Or was that redundant? In any case, I've always held that both Islam and Muslims are just fine and dandy, provided they are the milquetoast variety found in the mainstream. Personally, there are some aspects of Islam that I find beautiful and very appealing. The problem is that the nut-jobs (who, coincidentally, I believe are unfortunately the more authentic Muslims) are the ones taking center stage all the time, and there are a lot of them. Hell, we have one twisted preacher picket slain veterans (which is of course despicable), and we're all over that with 24/7 coverage. At the same time we are as a country infested with Muslim radicals working towards the end of western civilization, and we stick our heads in the sand? The former is a kook with an unreasonable point of view, and we tongue lash him with accusations of "hate-speech". The former are conspirators of violence and hatred, but we have nothing to say to them?
My fear is that now that Osama will no longer be our sole focus regarding the whole Islamic terrorism thing, we will forget the big picture and maybe even drop the ball altogether. But the wannabe globalists and Euro-weenies would do well to understand that Obama...er, Osama, was not just an American problem, and neither is radical (or "classical", as I like to call it) Islam. They are global problems, and as of yet, few have the nerve to stand up against it while the neutered masses steer us to destruction. Far and few are the Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, or the Canadian Mark Steyn's, who grasp the insidious nature of what we face and correctly warn that through our self imposed weakness we are delivering ourselves into the hands of a very cruel enemy...one who has little use for mercy, much less tolerance.
I'll end my Islam rant at this point, but would not feel right if I didn't address what I think of as the Obama/Osama issue. Firstly, credit where it is due. I congratulate President Obama on this victory. He made the decision to execute this plan based on received intelligence, so some measure of credit is due him. Having said that, let's not pretend an ass is an elephant here.
What was the alternative? After almost ten years of hunting for this man, was he supposed to not give the order? Oh, he could have, but he's not that stupid. History would not have judged him very well had he passed on such a pristine opportunity. Despite his impulse to govern like Jimmy Carter, I think Obama also shares Clintons keen sense of legacy. So no, despite how ridiculously liberal he might be, there was no way he was going to pass on the opportunity to bring a ten year struggle to an end.
Secondly, let us for a moment remember who we are dealing with here. Obama the candidate was no less than a typical liberal in his relentless bashing of "the Bush War", and was committed to ending it immediately. Of course his perspective changed a little once he was in office and had to make the big-boy decisions instead of being a whiny little bitch, like his comrades he left behind in congress. It is a very curious thing, however, that much of the anti-Bush attack machine has been remarkably silent since Barry took the reigns, and continued the "Bush-war" in a very Busk-like fashion. Even Cindy Sheehan, an arguably unbiased anti-war nut who appeared to be willing to stick it to both parties if necessary, has been conspicuously absent.
The point here is that the only time liberals, including Obama, have shown any real support behind this effort was in the very beginning when it was a no-brainer to be behind it. It only took all of a couple weeks for them to start picking it apart at the seams however, and eventually morph the whole thing into a mind-numbing political propaganda machine whose primary purpose was to disguise BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome). Modern liberals have historically shown no problems with using military force, as much as they like to wrap themselves up in the peacenik dressing. What they do have a problem with is engaging in a moral war where a commitment to good over evil is manifest. This tends to offend the relativist sensibilities that liberals embrace, impose, and struggle to defend, and therefore by default their inclination is to side contrary to the moral good. It's a twisted process to understand it, but i will submit that it is even more twisted to live it.
In closing, the point is simply that Obama and the Dems have fought this just war tooth and nail (all the while offensively claiming to support the troops, no less). It was Bush that committed to this war, and was savaged for it endlessly. Now we give Obama and the Dems a pass while they continue the war, and we're supposed to give credit to them too? When there is a criticism to be made they can refer to it as an "inherited" problem...as Bush's war, but now we are going to give them high fives for completing what should now be simply one of many objectives? I don't think so. If this was "Bush's war", then this is Bush's victory first and foremost. Of course liberals will never admit this, given the classless bunch that they are.
One thing is clear, the world is now rid of one more problem. Hopefully we can take care of another in 2012.