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The Right Really is Unhinged: Osama Edition


In moments when I feel like the schism between the far right and reality is not as pronounced as I fear, I only need to visit conservative blogs and their comments to have my cynicism and pessimism restored.

A quick tour of sites like Red State, Michelle Malkin, and Free Republic reveals these “arguments,” presented less than 24 hours after the announcement of the death of the person responsible for the 9/11 attacks and many more crimes against the world:

  • Never mind the fact that intel showed they knew where he was since last November.
    It must have been quite a struggle for Urkel to have his mind made up for him.
  • Every anti military loon voted for this cut the military President, and now all of the peace now, cut and run lefties are all celebrating a military success and rushing to give their anti military candidate credit for sitting behind a desk.
  • They are treating his body in Islamic tradition!
    Oh, when our government is no longer allied with the enemy, I guess
  • You do have a point. OR, Osama maybe died long ago and we now have confirmed the fact and decided to use it politically. That sounds more like this Thug-In-Chief’s tactics.
  • This monster was a mass-murderer of almost 3000 innocent civilians. Instead of burial at sea, we should have marinated him in pig fat and strung his carcass up on a pole at the WTC site.But, I guess we don’t want to offend anyone, now do we…
  • OBL has not been seen for years and yet all of a sudden were are supposed to believe he carelessly exposed himself in a high profile mansion/compound and then is hastily buried at sea?
  • Is there any doubt why he released his birth certificate when he did. Now no will be able to question it.

Unfortunately, that kind of response isn’t just anonymous commenters online, but comes from Montanans as well. Jennifer Olson, the other person in her father’s Montana Shrugged Tea Party Patriots, had to attack the President as well:


Is it too much to ask that Americans all take this moment to congratulate our military and intelligence services for their efforts and thank them for the risks they’ve taken? To reflect seriously about what this means for the future of the “war on terror”? Wouldn’t those be the actions of a patriot?

Now, of course, a few isolated comments online can perhaps be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s important to remember that the Republican Party has been hijacked by this kind of extremist, the kind who will not believe that Osama bin Laden has been killed until they see the long-form death certificate. The majority of Republicans may not hold these views, but when 45% of Republicans believe that Obama was not born in the United States, the GOP has become a party dominated by a conspiracy theorists and ideologues.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


  • IS THAT ANY WAY TO SHOW RESPECT FOR AN ALLY?! Verily I say unto you, the CIA createth, and the CIA taketh away!

    Osama was a wholely owned CIA creation, a one-time ally, our buddy, when he was fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan as a “freedom fighter”. And now, they take him out. He’s come full circle. (just as with Saddam) You see, when the Soviets invaded, the U.S. armed, funded, provided training for the most VILE segment of Muslim society, the religious extremists. In other words, we CREATED Al Queda and the Taliban! It would be like a foreign invader coming into this country and arming the unreligious right to the teeth, and then saying have fun! Go slaughter! THAT’S what we did.

    And then, when the Soviets pulled out, so did we. No more aid, no more help, no more followup. And then, we basically ALLOWED the rise of the Taliban and Al Queda.

    It’s really hard for me personally to join in the cheering of the death of this CIA creation, for it’s simply reflective of our miserable foreign policy endeavors in that region of the world. What are we really celebrating, aNOTHER CIA f*ckup? For you see, that is essentially what it is.

    The world would have been a MUCH better place if, as Kennedy wanted to do, the CIA would have been broken into a thousand pieces. Because like it or not, it IS the CIA and all the other secret, unaccountable organizations that create our foreign policy, NOT the state dept. and the president as it should be. That tail is wagging the dog, folks. And that AIN’T the way it’s supposed to be.

    So, go ahead. Cheer the death of a bad guy, but never forget. THIS bad guy was totally a result of blowback from OUR bad foreign policy. And that sucks.

    From ally to evil. Wow! Now THERE’S a great policy!

    • Larry –

      We may have funded a killer, but look at the big picture. We halted a Soviet Invasion that probably killed over a million Afghans. We brought down the Soviet Union and ended the cold war that had claimed millions of lives of dozens of nationalities. So while I agree that we failed gravely in the aftermath of the Afghan war, I can’t disagree with the initial action.

  • Stalin was our ally for a while too, and nobody is really shocked that we ended up thinking he was evil.

    • Correctly, I might add. Welcome to foreign policy – you can’t decide what hand you’re dealt. You take the environment you have to work with, you choose your objectives, and you try to accomplish them. Sometimes that means allying temporarily with nations you might not like. We saw an invasion that cost probably a million lives, and we saw the potential to bring down the biggest threat to our national security. Was it worth arming a killer to accomplish our objectives? Absolutely.

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