John McCain (April 29, 2012) — “This is the same president who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get re-elected.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/29/obamas-re-election-strategists-resurrect-bin-laden/
The White House marked the first anniversary of the SEAL Team Six raid that killed Osama bin Laden by releasing this campaign ad:
Not surprisingly, the Right has been underwhelmed:
But it seems that even some on the Left are disgusted!
Arianna Huffington (April 30, 2012)
“To turn it [killing bin Laden] into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”
One thing is clear. Barack Obama is no hero. He’s also not being honest about what Romney said. During the last presidential campaign, the Left was pitching the meme that the GWOT was a failure because Bush hadn’t captured or killed Osama bin Laden. (Of course, if he had, they would have just changed the name to whoever took over from him.)
ABC report Liz Sidoti asked presidential candidate Mitt Romney: “Would the world be safer if bin laden were caught?”
Romney: “Yes, but by a small percentage increase – a very insignificant increase in safety by virtue of replacing bin Laden with someone else. Zarqawi – we celebrated the killing of Zarqawi, but he was quickly replaced. Global Jihad is not an effort that is being populated by a handful or even a football stadium full of people. It is – it involves millions of people and is going to require a far more comprehensive strategy than a targeted approach for bin laden or a few of his associates.”
Sidoti: “Do you fault the administration for not catching him though? I mean, they’ve had quite a few years going after him.”
Romney: “There are many things that have not been done perfectly in any conduct of war. In the Second World War, we paratroopered in our troops further than they were supposed to be from the beaches. We landed in places on the beaches that weren’t anticipated. Do I fault Eisenhower? No, he won. And I’m nowhere near as consumed with bin Laden as I am concerned about global Jihadist efforts.”
ABC and Obama quote only part of Romney’s actual response, making him sound soft on terror. But Romney clearly was and is nothing of the kind.