Posted by: Puma1 | April 12, 2009

Larry Johnson is Dead Wrong to Credit Obama for Doing Nothing to Stop Pirate Terrorists

The rescue of Captain Phillips came 24 hours later than I expected but it came and, based on initial reports, turned out swell. Score one for Barack. Does not matter that Phillips engineered his own escape (he jumped overboard for the second time in three days and tried to make a get-a-way) and U.S. military on scene were able to provide covering fire and killed the pirates who had been holding him…

Obama deserves credit:

He remained silent and did not play politics with this.

He allowed the professionals to handle the matter.

He showed some patience.

For the near term, however, Barack Obama gets to take a victory lap and it is deserved.

via But Barack Did Not Bow To Pirates (Update) : NO QUARTER.

Score one not for the captain or the snipers — score one for Barack? Really????

So let’s get this straight:

It “doesn’t matter” that the captain (who was there) and engineered his own rescue with the incredibly brave act of outwitting his captors and jumping overboard (TWICE) thereby making it easy for the Navy to shoot and kill the criminals who kidnapped him.

It matters that Obama (who wasn’t there) did nothing. According to Larry Johnson, Obama deserves a “victory lap” for…doing nothing.

Um…okay.

Well, I guess you and I deserve a victory lap too, because, you know, none of us were there and thus we didn’t interfere. Yay, for me — and 499.999 million other Americans I guess — for staying out of the way.

What nonsense.

This is reminiscent of the people giving Obama credit for opposing the Iraq war and criticizing those who voted for it: once again in that case, the truth is that Obama was not there. He didn’t have a vote to begin with. His decision to oppose the war is therefore no more (or less) a qualifier for office than yours or mine.

Getting this praise from Larry Johnson — who should know better — indicates that Obama has mastered the art of getting praise for doing nothing. During last year’s campaign, John McCain was widely and rightly panned for making ridiculous hyperventilating comments about ‘suspending his campaign’ and then rushing to Washington and voting for the bailouts.

Meanwhile, Obama won praise for doing and saying absolutely nothing…then sauntering to Washington and voting for the bailouts.

Both deserved criticism for voting for the bailout. McCain deserved criticism for his unsteady response. But Obama too deserved criticism for freezing in the face of crisis.

In McCain’s defense, at least he tried to do something.

No one is suggesting here that Obama should have rushed to the microphone on the first day of pirate hostage standoff saber-rattling and agitating the pirates, appearing later in Somali waters with a megaphone demanding the captain’s release.

But in the absence of a cue from his Teleprompter he couldn’t come up with a single reassuring statement.

When asked to comment on the situation, Obama’s whiny and embarrasing response was “Guys, we’re talking about housing here.”

He voted present. This is a disturbing pattern, poor leadership, and a bad trait for a President. It is not worthy of praise.

All Obama had to say was “We are monitoring the situation closely. I, my staff, the Secretary of State, the Navy Secretary, and their  deputies are in constant contact with the Navy, working around the clock to bring about a safe resolution. We want to let the captain, his crew, and their families know that will bring these brave crewmembers home safely and punish the perpetrators of this crime. Unfortunately, I cannot comment further or offer any further details because of the delicacy of the situation, but I would like to ask the American people to keep all involved in their prayers.”

What’s so hard about that?

Larry — like so many of Obama’s supporters — has confused inertia with brilliance, dismissing this criticism of Obama as churlish. “We need to keep our criticism focused on what Barack does or does not do,” Larry writes.

That’s precisely what we are doing, Larry. Crisis rises, Obama punts/freezes/does nothing. We criticize him. Which is what you should be doing instead of criticizing us. It’s not petty or churlish to point out Obama’s bad habit of voting present.

Incidentally, Larry, is the Michelle Obama ‘whitey tape’ ever going to see the light of day? Just sayin’.

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  2. but of course if the captain had been killed by the pirates, it would have been obama’s fault, right?
    such a bunch of morons…..

    by the way – i’m not sure if you really know what goes on in washington, but teleprompters have been used for quite some time. when making speeches, i don’t expect ANY president to have MEMORIZED an entire speech. this president, in particular, has quite a job that keeps him incredibly busy. i really don’t mind if he reads from a teleprompter instead of wasting time on memorization. i would rather he spend the time working on fixing this crappy economy…
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  3. but of course if the captain had been killed by the pirates, it would have been obama’s fault, right?
    such a bunch of morons…..

    by the way – i’m not sure if you really know what goes on in washington, but teleprompters have been used for quite some time. when making speeches, i don’t expect ANY president to have MEMORIZED an entire speech. this president, in particular, has quite a job that keeps him incredibly busy. i really don’t mind if he reads from a teleprompter instead of wasting time on memorization. i would rather he spend the time working on fixing this crappy economy…

    • “but of course if the captain had been killed by the pirates, it would have been obama’s fault, right?”

      Okay, why don’t you try again, moron. The point is not who gets the fault and the credit. The point is that Obama (once again) failed to show leadership and, sans Teleprompter, couldn’t even come up with a very simple statement indicating that he was even mildly aware of what was going on.

      In fact, my first post on the subject specifically stated that Obama’s response needed to be a careful one, so as to not give his enemies ammunition to criticize him if the Navy response went wrong. I echo this point here when I note that of course it would have been irresponsible for Obama to overreact. Of course, in order to have a “careful response” you need to actually have any response at all in the first place and not completely underreact/ignore the situation as his did — and as he does whenever confronted with a difficulty.

      Try reading all my posts on the subject again, and maybe it will sink in this time, although reading comprehension does not seem to be your strong suit.

      Teleprompters indeed have been used for some time. Thanks for stating the obvious. However, notes have been used for most of the time by Presidents and candidates for many speeches, addresses, and press conferences. It is NOT, however, standard for a Teleprompter to be used every time a person speaks, including press conferences, town halls, and every campaign stop and speech. That is unusual no matter how you try to parse it. And it indicates that Obama is not as great a speaker as you want him to be.

  4. See also:

    blackfive.net/main/2009/04/how-the-rescue-happened.html
    This was not a rescue attempt ordered by National Command Authority i.e. the President. It was a reaction by the on scene commander under standard authority to safeguard the life of a hostage.

  5. I like Larry Johnson but agree with you here. Anyone can give the go ahead after all the plans and details have been worked out military strategists and NAVY SEAL teams. Obama did not once even acknowledge the situation. Score one for American Military and that brave captain!


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