Jimmy Doolittle’s Raid

Monologue from the 5-15-2011 Roderic Deane Show on BlogTalkRadio:

We are all grateful for the death of Osama bin Laden, two weeks ago today. But in the wake of his death, I’ve gotten an uneasy feeling about what we really accomplished, sad to say. Did we just put a nail in the coffin of terrorism, or did we merely advance the re-election efforts of Barack Obama?

I want to offer you two momentous announcements. The first is Barack Obama’s address to the nation on May 1st, 2011, at 11pm EDT, telling the American people about the death of Osama bin Laden. Keep in mind that Obama spent a full 9 and a half minutes telling us about the events of 9/11 and the history of our pursuit of Osama bin Laden. I hate to say this, but he said absolutely nothing that we didn’t already know, having lived through 9/11 a mere 10 years ago.

[Audio1: Barack Obama: Intro]

He should have stopped right here. For the next 3 minutes we were treated to a history lesson about what 9/11 meant to us, which led us to here:

[Audio 2: Barack Obama: Me, Myself and I]

Okay, so, Barack Obama was the only one on the planet that was focused on getting bin Laden. Pardon me while I barf in my shoe. Oh, but wait! Obama goes on to tell us how significant his achievement was:

[Audio 3: Barack Obama: Most significant achievement in war against al Qaida]

Spare me. But he wasn’t finished. After more lecturing about what bin Laden’s death means to us, Barry said this, as if we can’t possibly understand what his leadership has meant to us:

[Audio 4: Barack Obama: I’ve charted our history in pursuing al Qaida]

I spared you the rest of his speech on purpose. Thank God I was sleeping when it first aired.

I next want you to hear the news about Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Japan, delivered from a movie newsreel at the time. Keep in mind, most people in the 1940’s had to get their news from AM radio, newspapers, and movie-house newsreels. Unfortunately, those newsreels are now called advertisements, and they precede every single movie we watch. They remind us to head out to the refreshment stand for more popcorn and candy, but, trust me, they don’t carry the weight of the newsreels during WWII and, in all fairness, their not intended to. That period of history was a different time that none of us should ever hope to experience again. Although our current challenges are different, they are no less monumental. Listen to what our parents and grandparents heard in 1942, 69 years ago, before their movie started:

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Now, let’s juxtapose the word of Jimmy Doolittle’s raid with the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. Where was the emphasis? Was it focused on the heroism of the fighters involved, or was it about a self-centered politician’s attempt to insert himself into quasi-significant war-time event that simply does not have the same relevance as Jimmy Doolittle’s Raid? I’ve searched in vain for a speech from Franklin Roosevelt claiming credit for the “gutsy” acts of Jimmy Doolittle. They don’t exist.

Although FDR did green-light Jimmy Doolittle’s raid, he was far more interested in the psychological impact of the event on the Japanese and the morale benefits to our troops and citizens. He took no credit for the event, but simply acknowledged its importance by his consent to take action.

We live in a different time than our parents or grandparents did during WWII. Our armies are all-volunteer now, although I submit to you that the warriors of WWII were primarily volunteers. Our fathers and neighbors rushed to enlist. We must acknowledge the commitment of our armed forces and continue to be inspired by their heroism, both now, then, and (hopefully), well into our future.

If you want to learn more about Jimmy Dootlittle’s Raid, a great option is to watch the movie “Pearl Harbor”, starring Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale from a few years ago. It gives you a feel for the raid in the second half of the movie and is well worth the watch.

I understand that Disney has secured the rights to “Seal Team 6”, so expect a movie sometime before the 2012 election in an effort to shore up Barack Obama’s re-election. I know I’m being cynical, but I’ve come to expect nothing less from Hollywood these days.


Bill Whittle has a great new video out the dovetails perfectly with the content of my scheduled show this Sunday, titled “Jimmy Doolittle’s Raid”.

There are many angles to advise us about the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death. Bill Whittle provides his take above. Mine premiers Sunday, May 15th at noon eastern time on BlogTalkRadio.

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Some Commander in Chief!

Breaking news from the White House Insider:

White House Insider: Obama Hesitated – Panetta Issued Order to Kill Osama Bin Laden
by Ulsterman in Issues, May 3, 2011

“What Valerie Jarrett, and the president, did not know is that Leon Panetta had already initiated a program that reported to him –and only him, involving a covert on the ground attack against the compound.”

Note: This update comes some 24 hours after our longtime Washington D.C. Insider first outlined shocking details of an Obama administration having been “overruled” by senior military and intelligence officials leading up to the successful attack against terrorist Osama Bin Laden. What follows is further clarification of Insider’s insights surrounding that event.

Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?

A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.

Read the rest here. If this is true, it further underscores the fact that Obama is worthless as a Commander in Chief!

UPDATE: Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs has more here.