The killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. forces under the discreet direction of President Barack Obama — not just that it was done, but how it was done — is vindication for all of us who saw the Bush Doctrine as a Neanderthal response to the modern threat of terrorism.
On my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy:
Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about terrorists, they launch hamhanded, full-scale invasions of countries, which is kind of like trying to swat a fly with a construction crane
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were questionable by any moral, ethical standard, or religious or otherwise. But a few of us Americans in the hip-hop generation saw in those campaigns the violation of another code of conduct, lesser known but no less true:
Number Two: Never let em know your next move/ Don’t you know bad boys move in silence or violence? – “Ten Crack Commandments,” The Notorious B.I.G.
The Republicans of Bush and Cheney’s ilk fancied themselves tough guys, and caricatured liberals and Democrats as pie-in-the-sky peaceniks and wimpy warriors. But these conservative chicken hawks were terrible at war…