After approving the Navy SEALs' mission to kill Osama bin Laden (or allowing Leon Panetta to approve it, as some reports indicate), Barack Obama has been in full retreat mode, doing everything he can to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Most notoriously, he ordered a full Muslim burial for Osama bin Laden, contradicting his own claim that bin Laden was "not a Muslim leader."

Even worse, when Islamic groups started to complain about the fact that bin Laden was buried at sea, rather than on land in accordance with Islamic law, Obama took pains to assure the world that the American troops involved in the burial were "respectful of the body" of bin Laden.

The word "respectful" is all-important, because the sea burial had once again plunged those ever-fragile Islamic supremacists into a crisis of self-esteem.  Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, a former resident of the United Kingdom who—until he left on a jaunt to Lebanon and wasn't allowed back into the country—used to boast that one day the "black flag of Islam" would fly over 10 Downing Street, fulminated that "the Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don't think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration."

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