The Daily Scoop: The Group Attempting to Swift-Boat Obama


Two articles about an attempt to “Swift-boat” the President for the bin Laden mission. The first is about one group, entitled “Veterans For A Strong America”, staffed by one person, supported by such individuals as the Koch brothers and Karl Rove is seeking to use military personnel to criticize Obama’s claim to this accomplishment.  The second is an editorial that goes into some more detail and includes comments from both sides. As one commentor to the Think Progress piece suggested, perhaps a group of pro-Obama veterens should be formed calling itself “Veterans For Reality” 

What Everyone Should Know About The Secretive Group Trying To Swift Boat Barack Obama

A secretive right-wing group, Veterans For A Strong America, is attempting to do to President Obama what the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth did to Sen. John Kerry in 2004. And they aren’t shy about it. The group’s leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president.”

Arends said his goal is to take “what’s perceived to be [Obama's] greatest strength” — the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound — and make it “his greatest weakness.” The effort started this week with a web video attacking Obama for taking too much credit.

In an interview with ThinkProgress, Arends refused to discuss any information regarding how the group was financed or its leadership.

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Will Navy SEALs swift-boat Obama over the bin Laden raid?

A backlash is growing to the victory dance over the terrorist’s death, fueling concerns that Obama’s biggest foreign policy success could be turned against him

Many Navy SEALs are not happy that President Obama is “taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden,” says Toby Harnden at Britain’s The Daily Mail. Quoting retired and active SEALs, both on the record and off, Harnden makes the case that many SEALs resent Obama for using the group as “ammunition” in his re-election campaign. Some U.S. commentators dismissed the report as a conservative hatchet job, but others aren’t so sure, saying Republicans could use the SEALs’ alleged complaints to undercut Obama’s most visible foreign policy success…

Maybe he deserves to be swift-boated: “When you take too much credit, you open the door to blowback that gives you too little,” says Paul Mirengoff at Powerline. The SEALs’ reaction to Obama’s “campaign of self-congratulation” was utterly predictable, and the president’s real problem is that he doesn’t have much else to brag about.

But Obama is not going to back down: Mitt Romney’s campaign is trying to “push what amounts to a ‘Navy Seals for Truth’ pitch,” but it can’t hide the fact that Mitt is weak on this issue, says Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo. Romney says “even Jimmy Carter” would have ordered the raid on bin Laden, but his past statements, in which he played down the possibility of sending troops into Pakistan, legitimately call into doubt what Romney would have done.

And he shouldn’t cave to Republican bullying: The so-called outrage over bin Laden is a transparent effort “to intimidate Democrats into not mentioning” his death at all, says Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast.

 

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3 Comments to “The Daily Scoop: The Group Attempting to Swift-Boat Obama”

  1. Unfortunately Mitt Romney has proven that he will cave to bullying, he doesn’t even have to wait for international bullying, he has repeatedly caved in to the Tea Party and other far right conservative groups.

    Would he have ordered the raid into Pakistan, I somehow don’t think he has the stomach to say YES to what really could have been counted as an act of war on Pakistan. The United States sent forces in, without permission into a Country that we are not at war with. Was it right to do it, YES, was it correct diplomatically, NO, but it is a past event.

    I am still of the opinion that the United States should never have told the World that they had captured and killed Osama Bin-Laden, they should have left Al-Quaida in a situation that he missing and let them wonder if he was still alive or not and what information could he be passing to the Intelligence services. There is nothing worse for your enemy than to worry about what has happened to a senior member of their organization. From the Strategic point it was a bad move, it did buck Obama’s standing but it was a very short lived ‘hoorah’.

    Regardless it is all hindsight.

    Now of course the question is, should the President, use the fact that he approved the operation to his credit in the campaign, Heck yes, Bush was quick to use it in his Campaign for Second term, he levied on Patriotism to advance his campaign and used his War on Terror to for Capital Gain.

    As for the story in the Daily Mail, unfortunately, the Daily mail is another source of right wing propaganda, they have all the same views as Fox News and other right wing establishments, this is why it features so much as a source of news on Matt Drudges Drudgereport. In fact Joel Arends is a regular commenter on their news stories and takes even unrelated stories and turns them into Anti Obama comment threads. I’ve come across him posting regularly on multiple right wing news sites…

    …Yes I know, What I am reading those? Well if you want to know what the tea party is up to you go to their source and that is http://www.drudgereport.com!

    It is almost always without fail that you can read a story linked to a story that is anti Obama or pro-Republican and you will see a user called jarends posting there. I suppose he may not have enough time to post on those if he is busy doing the lacky work for Rove and the Koch Brothers.

    What did I think about the video on youtube. It was badly done, the message is lost, either I am stupid or the meaning flew over my head. The fact that Arends has to go in and comment and prop up the meaning of his video and then say that the Obama gives money to Terrorists gives the impression that the man has issues, he has a paranoia issue against Obama. Maybe he is a racist. We have to be honest, Bush Jr was giving money to the same ‘terrorist groups’, Clinton did as well, Carter did, Bush Snr did as well. Reagan even sent terrorist groups firearms and taught them how to use them to help them fight those damn ruskies, then years later the same terrorists used those weapons, and training to attack and kill our Soldiers and forces. Is not a bigger issue, that Ronald Reagan was complicit in the deaths of American Soldiers by supplying firearms and know-how that was used years after he left office, even after he was no longer with us, to murder our forces.

    Sorry if I insult someone by saying that about Reagan and Both Bushes. None of them can be left off the hook, especially since Bush Snr was the Vice President during the bush Era for both terms and therefore is just as complicit in the training and arming of terrorist groups in Afghanistan! Heck under Reagan I believe they even supplied arms to Iraq to fight Iran! Talk about supplying arms to kill our own Forces!

    So Arends can bring it on, let’s start pointing the fingers at the Party that Arms terrorists with the weapons and know-how to attack and kill our Soldiers!

  2. After the landed gentry allowed Mr. Obama to get elected and take the fall for bailing their financial house of cards out with the great unwashed masses collective taxes they want their boondoggle back. If you consider the amount of money that will be poured into getting Mitt the Rominee elected, just imagine the returns these calculating Greedmeisters are expecting on their investment.

    • “…just imagine the returns these calculating Greedmeisters are expecting on their investment.”

      That is something I’ve been thinking about too. I started wondering about it when it came out that Santorum and Gingrich were essentially being funded by one billionaire each. Who’d they be beholding to if they won?

      This is a great question to ask them and to put to the public. Good thoughts and thanks for the comment!

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