On May 1, 2011, President Obama announced to the world that he had personally shot Osama bin Laden in the head.
Well, not exactly. But it was close.
"I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al-Qaida," he said. "I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden ... I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action ... Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan ..."
It wasn't you. It was Obama. His orders, his intel, his determination and his direction. Are we clear yet?
Obama's off-putting egotism didn't put a damper on the joy most Americans instinctively felt upon hearing that the Bearded Barbarian had been sent to Virginland. After all, as Obama explained, bin Laden was "a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of men, women and children."
This is the sound of moral clarity. In fact, Obama had so much moral clarity with regard to bin Laden that he ordered him killed rather than captured.
Unfortunately, President Obama utterly lacks that moral clarity with regard to anyone but bin Laden.
The week before bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, the terrorist group Hamas formed a unity government with the Palestinian Authority, demonstrating once and for all that both the Palestinian population and its government -- in all of its various iterations -- hate Israel and the United States. To add insult to injury, Hamas immediately condemned bin Laden's killing, calling him an "Arab holy warrior." "We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood." Meanwhile, Palestinian Arabs rioted in Jerusalem in protest of the bin Laden hit.
And yet President Obama refuses to state whether he will veto the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian terror state in the United Nations. Where's the clarity, Mr. President?