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Romney and Bin Laden

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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Would Mitt Romney have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden? President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new video on Friday that strongly implies that he would not have, using the presumptive Republican nominee's own words against him.

Ever since Vice President Joe Biden boiled down Obama's 2012 slogan to "bin Laden is dead, GM is alive," it has been clear that the embattled incumbent would not hesitate to use the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL strike as a political weapon.

Fighting over the political use of bin Laden is hardly new—as Obama's 2008 presidential campaign could tell you, since they complained about then-rival Hillary Clinton doing just that. Clinton's camp ran an ad that used Osama bin Laden and implied that Obama (the ad didn't use his name) didn't have the foreign policy chops to be president.

[Related: Bin Laden raid memo documents Obama's order: 'Proceed with the assault']

The video, taken from footage shot for Obama's 17-minute campaign commercial "The Road We've Traveled," opens with the message "The Commander-in-Chief gets one chance to make the right decision" and turns to former President Bill Clinton for validation. "That's one thing George Bush said that was right: The president is the decider in chief. Nobody can make that decision for you."

"Look, he knew what would happen," says Clinton. "Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there and it hadn't been bin Laden. Suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him, but he reasoned 'I cannot in good conscience do nothing.' He took the harder and the more honorable path and the one that produced in my opinion the best result," he says, amid images including a photograph of New York City firefighters cheering the news of bin Laden's death.

"Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?" asks the on-screen text. The video recalls Romney's contention, in an April 2007 interview with the Associated Press, that Americans will not be markedly safer if bin Laden were killed and that "it's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person." (Days later, in a May 3, 2007, debate, Romney was asked about his words and responded, "We'll move everything to get him. ... This is a global effort we're going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It's more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die.") It also cites a Reuters report referring to an August 2007 Republican candidates debate: "Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for vowing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan if necessary." (That's probably safer than directing viewers to the transcript of the debate: Romney criticized Obama for openly discussing the possibility of striking inside Pakistan, not for entertaining the idea. When moderator George Stephanopoulos asks whether it's fair to summarize his position as "keep this option on the table, but it is foolish to talk about it in public," Romney doesn't disagree.)

Full Article here.


Different, but not less~Temple Grandin

by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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TruthSeeker.
by CM Junkie on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:09 PM

 For me, personally, it's just another example of a Romney flip flop.

Jambo4
by Gold Member on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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I read that article this morning.  Obama is trying to capitalize on his one accomplishment that all America agrees on.

BUT he is seriously full of crapola if he thinks he can get by with a supposition of what Romney would have done in the same position.  It's bogus.  Let's say a situation came up that a house was on fire and you ran in and pulled somebody out.  Then you turned around and bragged that "only you" would have done such a brave thing in that position.  I call crap.  Until a person is presented with all the facts and is RIGHT THERE IN THE HOT SEAT.. there is no knowing how it will play out.  Who knows.. how Romney would have acted given the exact same info and responsibility.

Spin it Obama.. spin it.

godotherightthi
by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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Only Obama could take the one thing that unites people to his side and turn it into something divisive.

Jambo4
by Gold Member on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM


Quoting godotherightthi:

Only Obama could take the one thing that unites people to his side and turn it into something divisive.

Ouch... very good point.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM

 A dumb point to make and kind of a low blow.  But, I guess he would be crazy not to capitalize on all the times Romney puts his foot in his mouth.

_Kissy_
by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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if Republicans ever accomplish anything they would run with it also, but they don't so they wont
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4kidz916
by Gold Member on Apr. 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM
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Just another example of the crap that is spun during an election year. 

TruthSeeker.
by CM Junkie on Apr. 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM

 

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 A dumb point to make and kind of a low blow.  But, I guess he would be crazy not to capitalize on all the times Romney puts his foot in his mouth.

 True

TruthSeeker.
by CM Junkie on Apr. 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM

 

Quoting _Kissy_:

if Republicans ever accomplish anything they would run with it also, but they don't so they wont

 LOL. That's pretty funny.

TruthSeeker.
by CM Junkie on Apr. 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

 

Quoting 4kidz916:

Just another example of the crap that is spun during an election year. 

 Unfortunately, I'm sure it's not the only crap we will see.

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