Obama calls out Romney for chickening out on going after Osama bin Laden

Meow.  Now that’s the guy I voted for. Here’s Obama today:

As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I’d just recommend that everybody look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden.

I assume that people meant what they said when they said—that’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d 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.

Here’s Romney in 2007:

“I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours… I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort,” Romney told reporters on the campaign trail….

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is one of the Republican front-runners, said U.S. troops “shouldn’t be sent all over the world.” He called Obama’s comments “ill-timed” and “ill-considered.”

I do get a kick out of how the Republicans are all upset that the President is taking credit for the Obama kill. And they should be upset. It was one hell of a victory, and something George Bush failed to accomplish in eight years in office (not to mention, Bush actually let Osama get away at Tora Bora). So it’s understandable, and typical, that the GOP would freak out over Obama even mentioning Osama. It’s what they do – go after you on your strengths so you’re afraid to mention them. Remember who the Republican party demonized John Kerry for being a war hero? That was his strength, so they had to take it down. Same goes for Obama taking out Osama.

Romney didn’t even want to go after Osama in the first place, he said he wouldn’t go into Pakistan to get him, and that’s exactly what Obama did, go into Pakistan and kill him. So the Republicans need to do everything they can to neutralize the issue lest the public catch on that under President Romney Osama bin Laden would have gotten away again.

 


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