NO! It can’t be! President Barack Hussein Obama playing politics with Osama bin Laden’s death?
At the ABC News web site, “The Note,” Michael Falcone wrote, “But four years ago this April, the Obama campaign criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using Osama bin Laden in a political ad.” “The Obama campaign spokesman, Bill Burton, accused the Clinton team of playing ‘the politics of fear’ just like George W. Bush.” Can anyone say, “Hypocrisy?”
All you Obama Kool-Aid drinkers will want to watch this video that features the very objective Bill Clinton who turned down numerous chances to capture or kill bin Laden that were handed to him. Isn’t it ironic that the Obama campaign staff chose Clinton for this video? That is the same Clinton who, when he appeared on “Fox News Sunday” September 24, 2006, got into a rather animated discussion with host Chris Wallace. And that is the same Clinton that was defended by “Netroots,” a liberal web site that declared the ABC docudrama “The Path To 9/11″ as “a piece of fiction,” and that ABC’s airing it represents “gross negligence” since it didn’t cast its hero, Bill Clinton, in a very favorable light. There was, however, one small problem. None of the “Netroots” writers had seen the docudrama before writing about it. Further, Markos Moulitsas at “The Daily Kos,” posted an article entitled “ABC’s Work of Fiction” In it he wrote, “ABC’s piece of fiction, written by Rush Limbaugh’s personal friend and marketed heavily in wingnut circles, bills itself as ‘objective’ and a ‘docudrama’.”
Kenneth P. Vogel of “Politico,” wrote of Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs’ appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, April 29. 2012. Gibbs said, “Look, just a few years ago, President Obama – then a candidate – said in a speech that if we had actionable intelligence of a high-value target in Pakistan, we’d go in and get that high value target. Mitt Romney said that was foolish. He wouldn’t do such a thing. That he wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get Osama bin Laden.”
But… as Morgen Richmond at “Hot Air” writes, “The full context of Romney’s remarks demonstrate that he was actually calling for a more strategic and expansive approach in the fight against Al Qaeda and Islamic extremism.”
Obama and Democrats focus on one statement Romney made, taken out of context. But they forget (or don’t want to remember) what Romney said on the bin Laden subject in 2007. As SNL’s “Church Lady” used to say, “Isn’t that convenient.” This video provides a much more complete picture of Romney’s view of pursuing high value targets.
Further, Guy Benson wrote at “Townhall,” “…to blatantly harp on this point in an election season is decidedly unseemly; to suggest that your political opponent wouldn’t have made the exact same call borders on slander, especially if you dredge up an out-of-context quote to ‘prove’ the point.” Benson provides the full conversation between Liz Sidoti and Mitt Romney. Read it – you liberals may learn something. Benson continues, “In other words, Romney was all for nailing OBL, but he also knew that the effectiveness of an entire war effort can’t be graded on one narrow rubric. That’s common sense. The Obama campaign is trying to turn the sentiment above into ‘Mitt didn’t care about bin Laden and would’ve let him skate’.”
And now this from Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points.’ 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 reelected. No one disputes that the President deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.”
The problem is that none of the hard-core liberals/progressives/Democrats will do any research, will view anything that might upset their world, will believe the half-truths, lies, and taken from context statements provided by Obama and his campaign staff, and, based on that “information,” vote.
But that’s just my opinion.
Cross-posted at RWNO, my personal web site.