Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pres. Obama & U.S. Navy 1,
Pirates & GOP Wingnuts 0

All weekend, far-right windbags like Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck were yapping about how poorly President Obama and the U.S. Navy were handling the pirates who attacked the Maersk Alabama. They called Obama weak, politically correct, yadda yadda yadda. And once again, Obama proved that, unlike the previous resident of the White House, he can do more than one thing at a time, and do them all well. The successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips by U.S. Navy Seals, acting on the President's orders, should have Obama's critics hanging their heads in shame.

Greg Sargent wrote:
I just got off the phone with a military expert and former Army Ranger who supports Republicans and Dems, and he hammered Gingrich and conservative media figures for criticizing Obama, saying that the Commander-in-chief deserved "respect" while a sensitive operation was unfolding.

"I would hope that they’re feeling a little silly today," said the expert, Andrew Exum, a fellow at the Center for National Security Studies. "It’s bad form. You don’t make this a partisan issue until an operation has been assessed. It’s fair game ex post facto. But during the emergency, I think that our elected leaders deserve our respect."

Gingrich whacked away at Obama’s handling of the standoff on Twitter over the weekend, saying it made us "look weak." The Wall Street Journal editorial page, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck also targeted Obama.

Exum, who advised Obama during the campaign but who also supports Republicans, hinted that the criticism bordered on unpatriotic. "If Glenn Beck loves his country as much as he alleges, he should hold his tongue when elected leaders on the ground are dealing with a very difficult situation."
Glenn Beck, hold his tongue? Gingrich shut up for a minute? I wish! These people have no honor and less sense. Their opportunistic criticism of the President should be noted by all. Once again, the wingnuts prove that they don't care about their country, they only care about regaining power.

Kudos to President Obama, and to the Seals!

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