Friday, May 6, 2011

Mr. Bush, intelligence community HAS received credit...

  According to a "high placed source" with proximity to former president George W. Bush, Mr. Bush feels he and his team are getting "short shrift" in terms of receiving credit for his work in hunting down Osama Bin Laden. "He doesn't feel personally snubbed and appreciates the invitation, but Obama's claiming all the credit and a lot of other people deserve some of it," the source added. "Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in motion the operation that got Bin Laden. It rubbed Bush the wrong way."

  Two examples from the last five days: 

From Obama's Sunday night announcement: 

"Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort.  We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.

"Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.  The American people do not see their work, nor know their names.  But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice."

From Obama's remarks at the NYC Firehouse: 

"What happened on Sunday, because of the courage of our military and the outstanding work of our intelligence..." 

Further, the Gallop Poll from last Monday seems to suggest that most Americans acknowledge, in an almost 2:1 ratio over President Obama and an almost 3:1 ratio to President Bush, the work from the intelligence community: 

I respect the steps you took to advance the process during your administration in pursuing Bin Laden, but these surrogates suggesting on your behalf, sir that you feel a little ignored are not becoming of a former President. One has to imagine if you'd attended the events yesterday in NYC, President Obama and likely the citizens of New York as well would've been all too happy to show their appreciation. 

I appreciate you want to stay out of the spotlight. You may want to spread the word to your people or, at least set the record straight if they don't reflect your real thoughts. 

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