All presidents have narratives created about them. Sometimes the narratives accurately reflect the man, as with Nixon being “tricky”. Other narratives have not reflected the individual with an example being that Eisenhower supposedly accomplished little and played too much golf.
It is interesting to compare the related narratives created by the Leftist media for George W. Bush and his successor, Barack Obama concerning the use of force. Bush was portrayed as a cowboy ready to use force on a moment’s notice. Obama, on the other hand, has been portrayed as more cerebral, instead using negotiations. Reality, however, tells quite a different story.
On the use of the U.S. military, Bush engaged America in two wars; Afghanistan and Iraq. Most Americans would agree that the initial invasion of Afghanistan was justified due to that country protecting the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. Similarly, most Americans believe that the Iraq invasion was ill-advised. Obama has a similar record in this area. He has not only continued the Afghan War, but has increased America’s effort with more troops. Obama has also involved America in the Libyan civil war and more recently committed troops to Central Africa.
A comparison of Bush’s and Obama’s willingness to use deadly force against terrorists is more telling. During the Bush presidency two world-known terrorists were captured; Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM, 9/11 planner) and Saddam Hussein (Iraq’s dictator). KSM was brought to America and is currently in a U.S. jail. Hussein was turned over to the Iraqi government and later executed.
President Obama has been even more successful in getting high-value bad guys. During this year alone, America Navy SEALS assassinated Osama Bin Laden. Then, a few months later Obama order a successful drone hit on American citizen in Yemen, Anwar al–Awlaki, which also resulted in the death of others; i.e. collateral damage. Yesterday, a U.S. drone strike hit a convoy in Libya that resulted in first the capture and then the execution of former dictator Colonel Gadhafi. Three bad guys located; three assassinated. That’s the trifecta for President Obama.
The use of force narratives created for Bush and Obama by Progressives are but fantasies. For Obama’s narrative he was awarded the Noble Prize for Peace. That’s Progressive Chutzpah!