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Osama bin Laden

Clintonian courage and the downside of being found out later to have failed to act on OBL-whereabouts intel

The pre-May Day, ‘Barack killed bin Laden’, Obama campaign ad appearance by former President Bill Clinton almost convinces me that Hillary will replace Biden on the 2012 Democratic Party ticket. Why else would the man who slayed Ross Perot twice and an al-Qaeda night watchman in Afghanistan state the following for the man that called him a racist during the 2008 South Carolina Democratic Primary?:

“He had to decide. And that’s what you hire a president to do. You hire the president to make the calls when no one else can do it,” Clinton said in the video, which sought to contrast Obama with his Republican foe Mitt Romney. “Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there, and it hadn’t been bin Laden,” Clinton said in the one-and-a-half minute video. “Suppose they’d 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 more honorable path.”

Would that President Clinton had made similar and harder, ‘honorable path’ decisions on the fate of the man who declared war on America in 1998, but the ad featuring the husband of President Barack Obama’s  Secretary of State wasn’t content to merely praise Obama, as it also contained a four-year old quote from Mitt Romney as doubting the merits of searching for bin Laden:

“It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person,” Romney was quoted as saying in a news report included on a CNN program when he was a Republican candidate four years ago.

It wasn’t Mitt Romney that voted twice to cut off funding for combat troops in the Afghan theatre when they were about the business of gathering the intel that eventually led to Obama’s only great moment of his presidency. No, it was then-Senator Obama (D-Il) and then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) that opposed swabbing the noses of high-level al-Qaedaofficials, including the mastermind of 911, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (pictured). We now know that critical information on OBL’s location was learned from the persons whose noses were swabbed, and which persons, incredibly, continue to live despite having been water-boarded.

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