18 June, 2013
A Tale of Two Leaders
I adapted this from an email that has been going around. I felt there was no use or purpose in the profanity nor the insults in the original. The point is clear without name calling and such, so here is the tale of two leaders.
President George W. Bush's speech after the capture of Saddam Hussein:
"The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq .
The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country.
The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force.
Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks.
Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them!"
And now... Barack Obama's speech after the killing of Osama bin Laden:
"And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.
Then, last August, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan .
And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad , Pakistan .”
Notice the difference: Bush did not take one iota of credit, but rather heaped thanks and praise on the men and women of the military who risked their lives in the combat field.
On the other end of the spectrum, Obama did not once acknowledge our brave men and women who fight for our country... but took the opportunity to thump his chest and take credit for the whole thing.
Such a striking difference between the two men.