From May 5, 2011, that's Isaiah's "Mouser and Glory Hog." Barack, you may remember, tried to act as though he'd killed Osama bin Laden with his own two hands.
Patrick Martin (WSWS) notes how Barack is playing the mouser again:
President Barack Obama has launched his campaign for re-election by glorifying his role in giving the order for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
In speeches, interviews and a seven-minute web video narrated by former President Bill Clinton, the Obama campaign has hailed his decision to order the commando raid one year ago today on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, while suggesting that Republican Mitt Romney would not have made that choice.
The campaign began last Thursday with a speech by Vice President Joseph Biden at New York University, in which he declared that the bumper sticker slogan for Obama’s re-election could be: “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive,” while claiming that for Romney, the opposite would be the case.
On Friday, the Obama campaign released the web video titled “One Chance,” in which former President Clinton praised Obama as the “decider-in-chief” for ordering the raid in which a team of Navy Seals gunned down bin Laden and several members of his family. The ad then asks, “Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?”
As C.I. noted yesterday:
bin Laden's death actually hurt the United States in ways that few ever want to talk about. Are we a nation of laws? Then we conduct ourselves as such. Barack Obama acted like the lawless Al Capone when he sent forces in to kill bin Laden (and terrorize family members). The same forces could have captured him and he could have been put on trial. That is what you do in a nation of laws. (This is not a slam on those who were given the mission. They followed the orders they were given and executed them remarkably well. This is a slam on the orders Barack gave.) As the US gets further and further from democracy, as rule of law means less and less, Barack wants to crow about an 'achievement' that was nothing but spitting on law and liberty. That's not to be applauded. If you think someone is guilty -- and, clearly, millions around the world believed bin Laden was guilty -- you put them before a court. The US once prided itself on being about the rule of law (that may have been an illusion, others can debate that) but under Barack Obama, what's been exposed is that Bully Boy Bush and those eight awful years weren't an errant strain but instead the emerging character of the United States government. That's not a democracy. And it's nothing to take pride in. May Day is today but US democracy is crying "Mayday! Mayday!" It's sending a distress signal -- one that few want to hear.
Barack has no reason to being taking bows.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: