Since there is such an outcry from Republicans over mentioning President Barack Obama’s accomplishments, namely taking down Osama bin Laden, then let’s review something for a moment. But first, Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of politicizing the one-year anniversary of the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, saying “any thinking American would have ordered the exact same thing.” Romney, again, is not thinking of his own wording in the past — the Republican candidate said previously that he wouldn’t have gone into Pakistan to pursue bin Laden with actionable intelligence if the Pakistanis wouldn’t get bin Laden. Romney further stated that he wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get bin Laden. America’s safety was on the line and indeed, the President took action. In all, Romney looks weak, so Republicans are deflecting with more, ‘It’s Obama’s fault” rhetoric.
Don’t think for a moment if the roles were reversed, Republicans wouldn’t be calling the democrat candidate, weak — because they have.
I recall Republicans repeatedly deeming the President as, “weak.” If the list below is their definition of weak, then more “weakness” please Mr. President. Giving the President credit for keeping America safe should be a no-brainer but then a person would need to actually think instead of polarizing. Right wing pundits repeatedly gave credit for bin Laden’s kill to the President’s predecessor, so it was obviously a major issue to them.
It’s no wonder that George W. Bush did not mention Osama bin Laden much. The 9/11 bombings occurred on the former President’s watch and one would think W’s desire to track down bin Laden would have been of the utmost importance. But, he said, meh, no biggie, in a Mitt Romney sort of way…
I also recall Republicans stating that Obama ‘pals around with terrorists’. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Jake Tapper from ABC last September made a list of senior terrorists killed on Obama’s watch:
There’s Osama bin Laden, of course, killed in May.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Anwar al-Awlaki as of today.
Earlier this month officials confirmed that al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed in Waziristan, Pakistan.
In August, ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of al Qaeda was killed.
In June, one of the group’s most dangerous commanders, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in Pakistan. In Yemen that same month, AQAP senior operatives Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan were killed. In Somalia, Al-Qa’ida in East Africa (AQEA) senior leader Harun Fazul was killed.
Administration officials also herald the recent U.S./Pakistani joint arrest of Younis al-Mauritani in Quetta.
Going back to August 2009, Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud was killed in Pakistan.
Then in December 2009 in Pakistan, al Qaeda operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and ‘Abdallah Sa’id were killed.
In February 2010, in Pakistan, Taliban deputy and military commander Abdul Ghani Beradar was captured; Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani was killed; and Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar was killed.
In March 2010, al Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni was killed in Pakistan, while senior Jemayah Islamiya operative Dulmatin - accused of being the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings – was killed during a raid in Indonesia.
In April 2010, al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed.
In May, al Qaeda’s number three commander, Sheik Saeed al-Masri was killed.
In June 2010 in Pakistan, al Qaeda commander Hamza al-Jawfi was killed.
Remember when Rudy Giuliani warned that electing Barack Obama would mean that the U.S. played defense, not offense, against the terrorists?
If this is defense, what does offense look like?
What has Obama accomplished? A better question: what could he have accomplished if obstruction was not in a premeditated fashion set up on his inauguration night by traitorous Republicans. And hardline Republican voters are carrying through with the promise of obstructing, deflecting and dismissing anything good this President is attempting to do — even if it takes this country down. The Republican slogan is ‘Party First’, but only in secret meetings when no one is looking.
Jack and Jill Politics reports, There’s a new book out exposing that on the night of President Obama’s inauguration, the GOP met to plan to take him down. Lawrence O’Donnell did a segment on it, watch:
I suggest that blaming the President for mentioning his major accomplishment in keeping America safe, is simply more of the GOP’s sworn task of obstruction.