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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.)

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Different, but not less~Temple Grandin

by on Apr. 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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Mamawto4
by Bronze Member on Apr. 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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I'm personally glad we got Bin Laden, but I don't feel any more or less safe because he's dead.

I think we've had much greater successes on the war on terrorism by taking apart entire groups of terrorists, not just the killing of a single man.

vixen42
by Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

well if bin Laden is really dead where is the pictures of his body? I think he died a long time ago and that crap Obama put out was too raise his ratings

29again
by Gold Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM
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Quoting vixen42:

well if bin Laden is really dead where is the pictures of his body? I think he died a long time ago and that crap Obama put out was too raise his ratings

He could equally still be alive.  Who knows?  I mean, who really absolutely knows?

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Whats decisive about it?

It's valid

Just like Bush people asking if Kerry would do right by the wars or if we should be changing pOTUS while at war...

It's all valid ....

I would like to know what decision he would've made, don't you?


Quoting godotherightthi:

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

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
That's a whole lotta people in on the conspiracy of the century..

Quoting vixen42:

well if bin Laden is really dead where is the pictures of his body? I think he died a long time ago and that crap Obama put out was too raise his ratings

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Carpy
by Platinum Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 5:35 AM
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I would have to bet Romney would have done it and possibly sooner.  Obama was indecisive for about 8 months from the point that he was told it could be done, until his advisors told him it would kill him politically if he didn't and word leaked out.

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