I guess a couple of attacks -- one deadly -- on American embassies and consulates by Islamist mobs and terrorists in Cairo, Benghazi and elsewhere will do that to you. Suddenly it is not so smart to go around pounding your chest, spiking the football, taunting your opponents and taking credit for the assassination of the al-Qaida leader.
Up to and through the Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Obama, Joe Biden, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John Kerry and other Democrats mocked the Republicans over the killing of Osama at his grimy compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by Navy SEALs in May 2011.
"General Motors is alive and Osama is dead," became a mantra for the president and the Democrats in an effort to bolster Obama's image as a commanding and forceful leader when it comes to fighting Islamist terrorists.
Obama practically did a victory dance on the one-year anniversary of the killing. His White House could not leak enough classified information about the raid in order to make him look good.
Bill Clinton, the former president who twice had the opportunity before 9/11 to take Osama out -- but did not -- made a campaign video touting Obama's decision to go after Osama, asking, "Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?" Bill Clinton's strong implication, as insulting as it was, was that Romney would have
choked at killing or capturing Osama, just the way Clinton did on at least two occasions when he was president.
Romney accused Obama of "politicizing" the Osama killing and he was right, even though Obama's militant Praetorian Guard (the liberal mainstream media) went after Romney for saying it, just as they went after him for criticizing the Obama administration's initial mealy-mouthed response to the gathering mobs in Cairo marching toward the U.S. Embassy.
Words have meanings, Obama likes to say. Well, the words about the killing of Osama have meanings for Muslims around the world. Millions of them look upon Osama bin Laden as a hero and a martyr. It is no stretch to point out that millions of them also felt they were being mocked and taunted by Obama and the Democrats over the killing of the mastermind behind the atrocity of the Twin Towers. Silence sometimes serves better than words.
It is no coincidence that when the Cairo rioters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, they chanted, "We are all Osama."
Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, can talk all she wants about the deplorable anti-Muslim video -- which nobody saw, by the way -- as a cause for the attacks.