David Koch Can't Bear to Give Obama Credit For Bin Laden Demise

Because I know you just can't get enough of that sweet Koch stuff, consider this the final installment of today's Hot News and Views series on Koch brothers' shenanigans. In an interview with New York magazine's Sarah Owen, David Koch said that President Barack Obama deserved "zero credit" for the demise of Osama bin Laden, despite the fact that the terrorist's capture and death marked the fulfillment of an Obama campaign promise.

Owen caught up with Koch in Manhattan at the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Spring Ball. The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is one of Koch's favorite charities, born of his own struggle with cancer. Other of his favorite "charities," if you will, is the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, whose board Koch chairs, and which has made its mainstay the vociferous opposition to all things Obama.

Of Obama, Koch said, "He just made the decision, it was obvious where the guy is...The real hard work was done by the intelligence and the SEALs."

Hmmm..., if it was obvious "where the guy was," and the guy was in that "obvious" compound in Abbottabad for, say, six years, it would seem that a guy named George W. Bush could have made that easy decision in, like, 2005.

But Koch's real reason for not being able to give credit where credit is due? From New York magazine:

Obama is "a hardcore socialist," Koch told us, "and he’s marvelous at pretending to be something other than that, but that is what I believe he truly is, a hardcore socialist. He’s scary to me."

Which might lead one to think that in a certain circle of fashionable Upper East Side billionaires, "socialist" is the new Black.

AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at May 5, 2011, 1:27pm

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