"I'd just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and to take out bin Laden," Obama said, obviously taking a shot at Romney. "I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. And that's been at least my practice. I said that I would go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him--and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they would do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it."
The president was visibly smirking as he made today's statement. It also mirrors a campaign ad the president released Friday, which likewise suggests that Romney wouldn't have killed bin Laden if he, as commander in chief, would have been in the same position.
Well, Mitt Romney not only responded that even Jimmy Carter would go after bin Laden (I kind of doubt that, remembering how he screwed up Operation Iron Eagle). He also said in 2007 any chance of capturing bin Laden in Pock-ee-stan was possible, but they'd "keep our options quiet."
So, just because Osama was killed by the Navy Seals under Obama's watch means that we should just forget how he is gutting the military (like he killed NASA) and raising the Tricare rates for servicemembers and veterans. We're supposed to forget how he dithered on the decision to send surge troops and win the war in Afghanistan. We're supposed to forget how radical Islam is growing even more in Egypt and the horn of Africa, thanks to Obama. We're supposed to forget how he wanted a civil trial for the 9/11 mastermind but wanted to go all out after Bush Administration officials and CIA operatives over waterboarding. Forget it all! Obama's tough, he killed bin Laden, Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm!!!
Debra Burlingame, whose brother was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 that was taken over by al-Queda islamist hijackers and crashed into the Pentagon, was on WMAL this morning and weighed in on this.
"He's turned an evil terrorist who's responsible for the murder of 3,000 of our fellow human beings into a campaign talking point right up there with GM Motors. I've never in my lifetime heard a President speak to such a cynical lowdown politics. I really find it hurtful. I know the families I've spoken to are kind of gobsmacked by that. This is the same President who basically took the trial of KSM off the table for three years, right after they said they wanted to plead guilty, again, for politics. I can't think imagine an American President who has used something that is part of our national agony for his own selfish purposes. It wasn't Barack Obama who got Bin Laden. It was a team of Navy Seals who risked everything to get that guy. And if had gone sideways, those are the guys who would have paid with their lives."
Never mind that, despite all of Obama's bravado, all the evidence points out that the Golfer-in-Chief didn't make the "gutsy call" he wants to use as a campaign prop.
For all the using of bin Laden for a campaign prop, I seem to recall the liberal Democrats with their panties in a knot when a photo of President Bush was used as an RNC fundraiser. What a bunch of hypocrites Democrats are!
UPDATE: Former and current Navy SEALS are speaking out (UK Daily Mail).
A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.
‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’
Chris Kyle, a former SEAL sniper with 160 confirmed and another 95 unconfirmed kills to his credit, said: ‘The operation itself was great and the nation felt immense pride. It was great that we did it.
‘But bin Laden was just a figurehead. The war on terror continues. Taking him out didn’t really change anything as far as the war on terror is concerned and using it as a political attack is a cheap shot.
‘In years to come there is going to be information that will come out that Obama was not the man who made the call. He can say he did and the people who really know what happened are inside the Pentagon, are in the military and the military isn’t allowed to speak out against the commander- in-chief so his secret is safe.’