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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 16, 2011 / 12 Iyar, 5771

Osama, Obama and 2012

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Deep inside a campaign bunker somewhere in Chicago, one David Axelrod has been thanking his lucky stars for enhanced interrogation methods derided by President Obama and the left and allowed by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and is secretly relieved the Pakistanis didn't capture Osama bin Laden and hand him over to the U.S.

For all of his justified harrumphing about Pakistan's likely role in hiding and protecting the world's most wanted terrorist, President Obama is politically lucky Pakistan was unable or unwilling to capture bin Laden and deliver him to the U.S. It was better all the way 'round — for all of us — that he was found and killed by U.S. special operations forces.

The prospect of handling live prisoner Osama rather than dead terrorist Osama would have presented the president with a political nightmare that would have wholly defined and derailed his 2012 reelection campaign and that of Democrat candidates across the country.

The president deserves our praise and gratitude for bringing the full force, strength and rectitude of the United States military and intelligence community down on Osama bin Laden, taking him out cleanly, without the loss of a single American life. It could not have been an easy time for any president, and due to the resolve of President Obama we can all now exhale a little bit for the first time in nearly a decade, since the Twin Towers fell.

But it is also true this Obama victory could not have been possible without the policies of former President Bush, and would have been impossible under the policies of President Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder — a fact that has, as yet, been largely ignored by the media. Not only is it now well-documented that enhanced interrogation methods employed while Bush was president and opposed by Obama extracted information that led directly to Osama bin Laden, but Obama's plans to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts in U.S. civilian court rather than military tribunals have also been deep-sixed. Opposition to the plan came from all corners: Congress, 9/11 families, military experts and the public. When the Obama administration backed down from the civilian-trial notion very recently, on April 4 — mere weeks before the raid in Abbottabad that killed bin Laden — it laid the blame squarely at the feet of Congress. No one blinked, and there was no reason to — then. But now it would seem the more likely reason for the policy reversal was the president's secret knowledge he was only weeks away from snaring the terror chief. He needed to be less Barney Fife and more commander in chief.

In any scenario, tribunals rather than civilian trials needed to be the established, accepted policy, even if it means tossing aside his own promise and reverting to Bush-Cheney-era practices. Hypocritical? You bet. But it was the right thing to do.

Osama bin Laden could have been captured by the U.S. and brought to trial — a civilian trial, just like Obama and Holder touted. The drama would have played out daily between now and the 2012 elections, with jury selection, depositions and testimony taking place alongside presidential debates, campaign speeches and rallies. It's far more likely Obama would prefer the Osama kill be a talking point on the campaign trail, rather than an ongoing or pending Osama civilian trial being the only thing anyone could talk about and making the president look very soft indeed. Obama would have to stand by his policies in real time or kick them to the curb, face the music and answer — or artfully dodge — the questions. Additionally, congressional Democrats and candidates would shoulder the burden of either renouncing the Obama/Holder policies or swallowing hard and agreeing with them, risking their own political fortunes in the process. With so many congressional Democrats falling on their sword for ObamaCare in the 2010 elections, it would be a much harder sell to garner support, let alone enthusiasm, for yet another disastrous Obama policy with such grave consequences.

At some point, after the dust settles somewhat and the president has dealt with international reaction and sentiment over the successful kill of bin Laden, he will have to explain the true reasons for his reversals, admitting that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were right and that he and his attorney general were dead wrong. And he will have to own it.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:


04/19/11: Obama's charity state
04/12/11: Dems too crazy to win
03/21/11: Revere real journalism
03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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