The Gulf Oil Spill Is NOT 911

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by admin on 15-06-2010

The Obama administration plumbs new depths of stupidity.

Increasingly, political judgment as well as basic common sense is being suspended in the White House. We are witnessing not only the dramatic dumbing down of US policy under the Obama administration, with cheap soundbites standing in for strong leadership, but also a staggering inability to comprehend the scale of the global war the West is engaged in, as well as a disturbing willingness to downplay its importance and forget the scale of the loss the American people suffered nine years ago.

Much of the blame for this decline must be laid at the door of Barack Obama and his cynical team of advisers. I cannot imagine former president George W. Bush ever comparing an environmental disaster to the attacks on the United States on 9/11. The Bush administration’s immediate handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina wasn’t brilliant, but at least it didn’t seek to continually shift responsibility or evoke the images of 9/11. And in contrast to President Obama, President Bush actually built up US power after America was attacked, by increasing defence spending, strengthening alliances, and striking America’s enemies with great force, instead of groveling before them in humiliating fashion.

President Obama’s comparison of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the US on September 11, 2001 with the Gulf oil spill is deeply offensive to the victims of 9/11, as well as a demonstration of an extraordinary lack of historical understanding and perspective. The al-Qaeda atrocity was a premeditated act of mass murder as well as a declaration of war against America by a brutal and barbaric Islamist enemy, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives, most of them American. It was a seminal event that fundamentally changed the course of history, and altered forever America’s outlook on the world. It cannot be reduced to the level of an accidental environmental tragedy, no matter how large, which is an entirely different kind of event altogether.

By doing so, the Obama administration is cheapening the memory of 9/11, and using it as a convenient political tool to deflect away from the president’s own leadership failures in the wake of the Gulf spill. This is no way for a president to head a great nation, and smacks of ruthless political opportunism rather than real leadership.


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