Brett M. Decker

*You knew this was coming.

DC’s conservative newspaper The Washington Times is running a column on its website today that accuses President Obama of inappropriately “taking credit” for Osama bin Laden’s death, and suggests the entire victory should go to President George W. Bush.

In his first column, On Deck with Decker, editorial page editor Brett M. Decker says Obama speech Sunday night proves that he thinks “everything is about him” and that the personality flaw makes him “weak” and a “lackluster leader.”

Below, an excerpt from the column:

President Obama took to the airwaves shortly before midnight to confirm the good news and take credit for it. The wording of his short statement made it clear that the campaign season for his 2012 reelection bid is fully underway. He used the words “I,” “me” and “my” so many times it was hard to count for such a quick message. Not only is this consistent with his view that everything is about him, it also reflected the reality that this president is weak and perceived by the world to be a lackluster leader who has undermined American power. He needs to grab any opportunity he can to make himself believable as a commander in chief. Crowds flocked to White House gates to celebrate bin Laden’s demise, giving this unpopular president a rare glimpse of public support that won’t last long.

Mr. Obama called his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, to tell him the news. This was only fitting as it was Mr. Bush’s policies that took the fight to the enemy and didn’t back down despite opposition from timid politicians such as then-Sen. Barack Obama. Bin Laden’s death is more Mr. Bush’s victory than Mr. Obama’s because American forces wouldn’t even be fighting in South Asia had Democratic doves had their way. Mr. Obama may indeed have instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta to make the capture of bin Laden a top priority, as he boasted Sunday night, but he was reiterating a mandate already established as national policy. It was Mr. Bush who first identified bin Laden as “an evil man,” designated his “dead or alive” capture as a top U.S. priority and relentlessly pursued it throughout his presidency. We would not have seen this day without the groundwork he laid, from the use of military force to the building of coalition support with other nations, including Pakistan.

Interestingly enough, this column’s comment section at the website is full of folks who label themselves Republican or conservative and believe this columnist is way off base.