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Obama Is Politicizing Bin Laden Anniversary

From France’s Agence France-Presse:

Obama not politicizing bin Laden anniversary: White House

By Stephanie Griffith
April 29, 2012

Barack Obama’s top adviser on terrorism brushed aside criticism by the president’s political opponents that he has exploited the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s killing for political gain.

Once again, notice how we never hear about the original charge. We always hear the Obama defense from our media guardians first, and then the charge.

"All that I know is that the president made the decision when he was given the opportunity to take a gutsy decision, to carry out that raid with our special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan," said chief White House counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan

And never mind that Time Magazine has gotten hold of a memo which debunks the claims that Obama directed the mission or made any ‘gutsy calls.’

In fact, the memo — which was written by then CIA head, Panetta — puts all of the responsibility for killing Bin Laden in the hands of Admiral McRaven. It says "the timing, operational decision making and control" were all up to Admiral McRaven.

Worse yet, the Panetta memo even included some CYA language to protect Obama. The memo says the decision was made based "solely on the risk profile presented to the President. If any other risks arose, they were to be brought back to the President for his consideration."

Which was just a way to blame others in case the mission went wrong. If it failed, Obama would be able to say there were additional risks he hadn’t been told about.

Obama’s campaign last week released a video to mark the anniversary and suggested that Osama bin Laden might be alive today had Republicans’ soon-to-be presidential nominee Mitt Romney been in the White House.

Remember how the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party warned President Bush to not use 9/11 in his re-election campaign? Indeed, the inclusion of a few seconds of images from 9/11 in his campaign ad caused such a furor that about 2 million articles decrying this outrage could be found on Google back in 2008.

Vice President Joe Biden hammered the point home by praising the administration’s record on the economy as well as national security, saying on the stump last week that "thanks to President Obama, Bin Laden is dead and General Motor is alive.

"You have to ask yourself, had Governor Romney been President, could he… have used the same slogan in reverse?" Biden said in a speech last week

And not only have they wheeled out ‘Bite Me’ to make this claim, but they have even brought out William Jefferson Blythe Clinton to say the same in the aforementioned campaign ad.

From The Hill:

Gibbs: Ad saying Romney wouldn’t have ordered bin Laden raid ‘not over the line’

By Meghashyam Mali – 04/29/12

The ad in question uses footage of from an interview with Clinton for the 17-minute pro-Obama film “The Road We’ve Traveled.” “[Obama] took the harder, and the more honorable path,” Clinton says in the featured clip, referring to the decision to authorize the strike in Pakistan to capture bin Laden.. "He had to decide. And that’s what you hire the president to do. You hire the president to make the calls when no one else can do it."

"The commander-in-chief gets one chance to make the right decision," reads onscreen text in the video. "What path would Mitt Romney have taken?"

Which is a little galling, given that Bill Clinton had anywhere from 8 to ten chances to kill Bin Laden, and he passed on each and every one of them.

But, as we have mentioned, it seems like only yesterday we had stories like this from the BBC NEWS from 2004:

Relatives condemn Bush 9/11 ads

Friday, 5 March, 2004

Relatives of victims killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks have criticised George W Bush for using images from the tragedy in his campaign advertisements. Some of the families have complained that the images exploit those killed in the attacks and are in poor taste. “It’s totally disgusting,” said Dawn Peterson, whose brother died in the attack on the World Trade Center

BBC Washington correspondent Rob Watson says President Bush is campaigning on the basic pitch that you don’t change leaders during a time of war. But this controversy shows it is a pitch that will have to be handled with sensitivity if it is not to backfire, our correspondent says.

The four television advertisements, which began showing on Thursday across the US, marked the beginning of the Bush administration’s campaign for the 2004 presidential elections.

Among the images shown in two of the advertisements are images of firefighters carrying a body, draped in a US flag, from the rubble at Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center once stood.

The International Association of Fire Fighters condemned the decision to use their images and said the US president was being hypocritical.

“We’re not going to stand for him to put his arm around one of our members on top of a pile of rubble at Ground Zero during a tragedy and then stand by and watch him cut money for first responders [emergency services],” he said.

Indeed, the inclusion of a few microseconds of images from 9/11 in a campaign ad caused such a furor that 1,920,000 articles about this outrage can still be found on Google back in 2008.

Other relatives said they felt their loved ones were being used to score political points.

“Families are enraged,” victims’ advocate Bill Doyle, who lost his 25-year-old son in the attacks, told Reuters news agency. “What I think is distasteful is that the president is trying to use 9/11 as a springboard for his re-election.”

“It’s entirely wrong. He’s had 3,500 deaths on his watch, including Iraq”

By the way, the “9/11 families” cited in these article also appeared in Democrat ads from Fenton Communications for the George Soros and Heinz/Tides front, Peaceful Tomorrows.

Meanwhile, the the Soros front, MoveOn.org, was so incensed they ran their own advertisement decrying Bush’s ad:

Transcript: "They said there was a connection between 9/11 and Iraq — but there wasn’t. They said the war in Iraq would make us safer — but it hasn’t. They said they would destroy al-Qaeda — but they haven’t.

Republican leaders exploited 9/11 to lead us into a war with Iraq. Are they going to get away with exploiting 9/11 to win re-election? Not on your life.

Moveon.org, with 3.2 million members, is responsible for the content of this ad."

And even the moral paragon Keith Olbermann attacked the Bush administration for even daring to mention an anniversary of 9/11:

But that was then, and this is now.

In fact, this isn’t even the first time that we have seen such blatant hypocrisy. Back in 2007 Mrs. Clinton used used 9/11 in a campaign ad. (Which has since been scrubbed by her praetorian guard at Google’s YouTube.)

And nobody batted an eye.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Is Politicizing Bin Laden Anniversary”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    I am sick to death of hearing obama trying to take the credit on this. Even if he had been leading the charge to go get bin laden personally, how is that a “gutsy” call? Imagine the backlash if he had opted not to go get bin laden when they had a chance and the country were to find out about it. If anything, he made the obvoius and politically expedient call and it would have taken a lot more guts to say no and then try to justify it to the American people.

    Frankly the bin laden thing reminds me of the maersk alabama. He blatantly ignored the situation for over a week (we’re talking about housing here guys) and then when the Navy made their move he basked in a military success. The only transparency in the white house is how easy it is to see through everything this guy does.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Speaking of anniversaries; I believe today is the
    37th. of the change of management in Saigon.

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