Got this release today from Rick Perry about the death of al Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki:
I want to congratulate the United States military and intelligence communities – and President Obama for sticking with the government’s longstanding and aggressive anti-terror policies – for getting another key international terrorist.
Come on, Governor Perry! You can have a little more grace than that. Talk about bending over backwards to make sure you don’t pay an actual compliment to your opposition…
This is what the rest of us hate about political partisanship.
I, too, have expressed my gratitude that the president has generally maintained continuity in our military operations — from the very first decisions he made. I’m also grateful that he has gotten much more aggressive in going after our enemies in Pakistan (something he said he would do as early as 2007, although I think a lot of his base wasn’t listening). President Bush had good reasons to tread carefully there, but I appreciate that his successor has pushed harder, because it needed to happen. (Things have changed, as Admiral Mullen has noted so clearly.)
All you had to say, all you should have said, was “I want to congratulate the United States military and intelligence communities – and President Obama.” Period.