While most reasonable people are praising President Obama for his “gutsy” call to get Osama bin Laden, some on the right are still harboring partisan grudges. Conservative billionaire David Koch gave Obama zero credit for the successful mission, telling reporters, “I don’t think he contributed much at all.” Koch called the president “a hardcore socialist” and minimized his role in the operation, explaining, “All that Obama did was say ‘yea’ or ‘nay.'”
Fox News Host Glenn Beck said Obama’s New York visit was “obscene” and his only purpose was to “sop up some more glory and take a victory lap.”
And yesterday, on Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio show, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) took it one step further and reacted to Osama bin Laden’s death in an unusual way — by saying President Obama is too concerned with “exploit[ing] the issue for political reasons” to “do what’s necessary to protect this country:”
FRANKS: I’m afraid that this administration somehow now will declare the peace dividend and really just exploit the issue for political reasons and not really have the insight to do what’s necessary to protect this country in the future because we still have an Iran that is on the cusp of gaining nuclear weapons capability, we still have terrorists all over the world that are steeped in this ideology, we still have the potential of radical Islamists in the Pakistani military appropriating nuclear weapons and passing that along to terrorists.
Franks also suggested that the president is not being responsive to the threat of “Islamists” and as a result, the country is likely to suffer another 9/11-like tragedy at the hands of extremists. “We are merely putting off the time when we will be heartbroken again,” he told Gaffney.
Franks’ response is extraordinary given that even conservatives have given the president credit for eliminating the world’s most wanted terrorist. His concern that Obama will “exploit the issue for political reasons” seems especially cynical and unfounded as the president has gone out of his way to make Bin Laden’s death a non-political event.
Then again, such outlandish accusations are perhaps not surprising coming from a man who once called Obama “an enemy of humanity” for the president’s position on abortion, and has expressed doubts about his birthplace. Two months ago Franks also called for Obama’s impeachment over his decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).