Monday, May 09, 2011

Fatboy Dim speaks out

From NewsBusters:

Ever looking to criticize the American populace from his cardboard platform, filmmaker Michael Moore lashed out Thursday on CNN at supporters of Osama bin Laden's assassination. "We've lost something of our soul here in this country," he said of the mission to kill the al Qaeda leader rather than capture him and try him in court.

A guest on Piers Morgan Tonight, Moore contrasted the assassination with the post-World War II Nuremburg trials. He claimed that America then, unlike now, put itself above the level of its enemies by trying their leaders instead of simply executing them.

The liberal filmmaker ripped Americans' disregard for a trial and their support of an assassination. "The second you say that, you're saying that you hate being an American," he huffed. "You hate what we stand for, you hate what our constitution stands for....We should be standing up and saying 'listen, damn it, we're Americans. This is the way we do it. You commit a crime, we put you on trial.'"

I wonder how Fatboy feels about the death of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto (who planned the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor) whose plane was deliberately targeted and shot down by the US military:
Following the fall of Guadalcanal in February 1943, Yamamoto decided to make an inpection tour through the South Pacific to boost morale. Using radio intercepts, American forces were able to isolate the route of the admiral's plane. On the morning of April 18, 1943, P-38 Lightnings from the 339th Fighter Squadron ambushed Yamamoto's plane and its escorts near Bougainville. In the fight that ensued, Yamamoto's plane was hit and went down killing all on board. The kill is generally credited to 1st Lt. Rex T. Barber.

I have news for Mr. Dim.  Lt. Barber wasn't trying to force Yamamoto's plane to land so that the admiral could be arrested and made to stand trial.

What Fatboy doesn't seem to understand is that 9/11 was an ACT OF WAR, not a "crime" in the sense of a purse snatching or even the Oklahoma City bombing.  The attack on Sept 11 was an act of war committed by an international terrorist organization with the active support of one sovereign nation (Afghanistan) and the under the table support of several others.

The Clinton administration's determination to treat similar acts of war (the first WTC bombing and the attack on the USS Cole) as matters for the criminal justice system were contributing factors to the 9/11 attacks because they were perceived by our enemies as signs of weakness (which they were).  Osama bin Laden was led to believe that he would face no consequence for his actions more forceful than having a warrant for his arrest issued.

And 3000 Americans died.

But to be fair to Fatboy I have to admit that he raised one legitimate point:

Moore added later that he "would like to know" how long the Obama administration has known the location of Osama bin Laden.

I too would like to know how long our "efficient, steely-nerved, multitasking, black ninja gangster president" sat on his ass waiting for the best time to order the hit in order to help his reelection chances before WikiLeaks and the arrest of one of the CIA officers keeping watch on the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad forced his hand.  And even then we learn that Leon Panetta had to work around the president’s "persistent hesitation to act".

Of course we know that our mighty warrior of a president had to sleep on it over a span of around sixteen hours before making his "courageous" decision to send far better men than himself into a military stronghold in the heart of a nation which is only nominally an ally in order to cut the head off the al Qaeda snake.
Just as we now know that our young and hip president (who combines the knowledge of von Clausewitz with the wisdom of Sun Tzu and the daring of Hannibal) had to be retrieved from a golf course to pose for that picture in which he and his national security team pretended to be watching the Abbottabad raid unfold in real time (in which he still managed to look like the smallest person in the room - didn't they run that past Axlerod before releasing it?).

But all-in-all we have to rack Fatboy's suspicion about the timing of these affairs up to the stopped clock being right twice a day effect.  In his zeal to find something - anything - to condemn his country and countrymen over he is forced to take some shots at his own president (and we know that when all is said and done that he will be voting to reelect Obama). 

In the end this tantrum from the Flake from Flint is like all his other bloviations, a tale told by a leftist, full of sound and fury, signifying psychosis.