Demagoguery lives

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Demagoguery lives
Demagoguery lives

For much of the Bush/Cheney era, right-wing groups could be counted on to spew neoconservative talking points pretty aggressively. After President Obama put together a series of national security and counter-terrorist victories, the arguments largely faded.

But not completely. A ridiculous group called Secure America Now released an attack video this week, filled with so many cartoonish lies, it’s almost a parody of itself. After literally including footage of the 9/11 terrorists flying airplanes into the Twin Towers, the video forces an actor to tell us Obama “apologized” to foreign countries (that never happened) and “abandoned” Israel (not according to Israelis). The actor also whines about the president ending torture policies, as if that were a bad thing.

Perhaps more entertaining is the way in which the video goes after the president for things the left wishes were true – trying terrorists in civilian courts, closing Gitmo, closing CIA black sites – but aren’t.

But of particular interest is Secure America Now’s exceedingly bad timing: the attack ad warning Americans that Obama is making us less safe was released the day before this news reached the public.

Osama bin Laden’s death sent al-Qaida into a decline that will be hard to reverse, the United States said on Tuesday in a report that found terrorist attacks last year fell to their lowest level since 2005.

Describing 2011 as a “landmark year,” the United States said other top al-Qaida members killed last year included Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, reportedly the militant organization’s No. 2 figure after bin Laden’s death, and Anwar al-Awlaki, who led its lethal affiliate in Yemen.

“The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the State Department said in its annual “Country Reports on Terrorism” document, which covers calendar year 2011.

There are important debates to be had over the limits of presidential power and potential abuses in counter-terrorism, but going into the election, it’s pretty tough for the right to argue with a straight face that President Obama has chosen a “weak” path that has made the nation “less safe.” The evidence to the contrary is simply overwhelming.

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