For those of you keeping count, the official period between a unifying national triumph and the moment you can start shamelessly profiting from it is down to one year…
Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, said Thursday that the filmmakers making a movie about the raid received no help from his staff.
Wait, they're making a movie about the bin Laden mission? And they didn't ask for my input? I've been kicking potential titles around for months. Like Pakistan's Most Wanted, or 3:10 to Abbottabad, or Raiders of the Lost Dork. (That last one re-imagines bin Laden as the Steve Urkel of the jihadist movement.)
The point is, Republicans aren't feeling this movie. In fact, they tend to hate all theatrical oversimplifications of foreign affairs that aren't 24. And I know what you're thinking: Republicans don't want a big screen reminder of President Obama's greatest success overseas. But there's more to it…
House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday the filmmakers had a "potentially dangerous collaboration" with the White House and Obama administration.
Very dangerous! How was Obama to know that the filmmakers weren't disguised terrorists themselves? Hmm?
Exactly. But when you get down to it, this whole thing might be blown out of proportion. The raid was actually pretty straightforward…
"There was nothing, frankly, overly sensitive about the raid. We did 11 other raids much like that in Afghanistan that night," McRaven said, according to Reuters. "From a military standpoint, this was a standard raid and really not very sexy."
That hurts — I haven't felt this way since learning Santa isn't real. Or that Obama is probably American after all.
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Tags: Movies, Osama bin Laden, Republicans
* Funny or Die confirms that size does matter when you want the government in your privates.
* Justice Breyer can't turn off his superhero power of gauging constitutionality, from The Onion.
* These skillets are made in the U.S.A. Most Americans will only be able to afford Rhode Island.
* John Boehner's war on women speech comes to life via drawing.
* Saturday Night Live has some fun with "Fox and Friends."
* Mitt Romney put a damper on Obama's big day.
Tags: Barack Obama, Daily Links, Mitt Romney, Osama bin Laden, Rhode Island, Saturday Night Live, Supreme Court, The Onion, Women's Rights
Joel Arends — founder of Veterans for a Strong America — on his ad attacking Barack Obama for the crime of presiding over the killing of Osama bin Laden while being a Democrat…
"Yes, it's the swift boating of the president, in the sense of using what's perceived to be his greatest strength and making it his greatest weakness."
It's going to be a long and depressing six months.
Tags: al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Military, Osama bin Laden, Quote Unquote, Tea Party
Sen. John McCain gives his thoughts on Barack Obama campaigning the killing of Osama bin Laden…
"You know the thing about heroes, they don't brag."
You know, here's an interesting tidbit about McCain. He's actually a war hero. Yeah, he was a POW in Vietnam for five and a half years. You probably don't know that because the McCain campaign went to great lengths to not ever ever mention when he ran for president four years ago.
Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, Military, Osama bin Laden, Quote Unquote