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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Eight years after he released an inflammatory video just days before election day that may have helped George W. Bush win a second term, the late Osama bin Laden has become a political talisman for Barack Obama and the Democrats — a reminder of the president’s most tangible accomplishment since taking office.

Between the video of Bill Clinton praising Obama for ordering the Navy SEAL mission a year ago that found and killed bin Laden in Pakistan, and Vice President Joe Biden’s new slogan, “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” it’s clear the White House has decided the killing is a legitimate — and especially useful — campaign weapon, as the AP reports:

Obama’s re-election campaign is portraying his risky decision to go after America’s top enemy as a defining difference with his Republican presidential opponent, suggesting Mitt Romney might not have had the guts to order a mission that put lives and perhaps a presidency at stake.

Obama himself is opening up on the raid again — and opening the secretive White House Situation Room as an interview stage — to hail the one-year anniversary.

The broader goal for Obama, whether through campaign web videos or the trappings of the White House, is not to just to remind voters of an enormous victory on his watch. It is to maximize a political narrative that he has the courage to make tough calls that his opponent might not.

“Does anybody doubt that had the mission failed, it would have written the beginning of the end of the president’s first term?” Vice President Joe Biden says in laying out Obama’s foreign policy campaign message. “We know what President Obama did. We can’t say for certain what Governor Romney would have done.”

  • montanabill

    As unfair as it may be, the President would have been blamed for a Bin Laden failure. However, while Biden may think GM is alive, it is still not healthy and the economy as a whole is also on life support hoping that the money Bernanke printed won’t blow up into Carter style inflation. So far, the President’s blaming of ‘speculators’ has provided cover for fuel price inflation, but it is a commodity that directly reflects the value of the dollar. If American business doesn’t get some confidence that investment is worthwhile, nothing the government can do will stop the shrinking of the middle class. No amount of taxing anyone will help. No amount of spending borrowed money will help.

    • 4trillion

      US corporate stocks are valued currently at only 13.5X earnings…historical averages are 17X earnings……to get to this average, the Dow could jump to 17000 and be considered not overvalued (notwithstanding negative financial issues in Europe and China)……we are definitely on the right track…the biggest assist has been the 8 trillion $ increase in Market capitalization (value) since Obama came into office after a 4 trillion $ loss during GW’ s term.

      • montanabill

        Economic growth at 2.2%, trending down. Look out world!

  • howa4x

    This election takes the homeland security stick out of the Republican hands. You know that one they always waved about how they would keep us safer than the those liberal and soft Democrates.
    Now the only thing that Romney can say is to extend the war in Afganistan(80%) are now opposed to, or restarting the cold war with old Soviet Union, to which the Russian president quipped what decade is Romney living in. So they are left with the economy and Mitt saying the government should leave big business alone. Problem is we did all during Bush W and look at what happened, complete financial meltdown. Do we really want to go back to that?

    • mcarter47

      No sir!

  • Interesting that VP Biden is the one to initiate the discussion. In the Time Magazine article this week, it is revealed that when President Obama polled his advisors about going ahead with the raid, VP Biden voted NO! So I guess we know what Obama did, We Know how Biden Voted, It is still open to discussion about how Romney might have acted!
    As for General Motors still being alive, that US Treasury debt we incurred by taking millions of shares of underwater GM stock will never be paid!

    • 4trillion

      We’ve already been repaid…..saved 1 to 2 million US auto industry jobs, which has helped initiate a tepid recovery earlier than expected and have already gotten back 70% of our loan in only 3 years……one of the best decisions in recent presidential history…..(originally a Bush/Cheney idea to do this bailout)….Congrats to both Bush & Obama…….

  • As long as we’re dealing in counterfactuals (Obama campaign openly doubting that Romney would have ordered SEAL raid on OBL compound), let’s imagine a GOP campaign putting out this advertisement… It would never happen.

    Dems always get away with the worst national security slanders – whether it’s the LBJ Daisy ad, the 1980 “October Surprise”, and now the nah nah’s over Obama ordering OBL raid.

    • Except that Romney is on record as saying killing or apprehending Bin Laden wouldn’t have been worth the effort or expense, in his opinion.

    • Except that Romney is on record as saying killing or apprehending Bin Laden wouldn’t have been worth the effort or expense, in his opinion.

      • That’s simply false. From a May 2007 GOP debate:

        MODERATOR: “Gov. Romney, respond to the mentioned reference to you … by Sen. McCain.”

        ROMNEY: “Thank you. Of course we get Osama bin Laden and track him wherever he has to go, and make sure he pays for the outrage he exacted upon America.”

        MODERATOR: “Can we move heaven and earth to do it?”

        ROMNEY: “We’ll move everything to get him. But I don’t want to buy into the Democratic pitch that this is all about one person — Osama bin Laden — because after we get him, there’s going to be another and another. This is about Shia and Sunni. This is about Hezbollah and Hamas and al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a worldwide jihadist effort to try and cause the collapse of all moderate Islamic governments and replace them with a caliphate.

        “They ultimately want to bring down the United States of America.

        “This is a global effort we’re going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It’s more than Osama bin Laden.

        “But he is going to pay, and he will die.”

        • That’s Rommey and the REPUB’s overall problem when they look at our Internationl relations.In the middle east were Bush2 spend over 4 TRILLION DOLLARS{overall total cost of all Federal Government Derpt. budgets spend of Iraq throught Fy’s 2010}on Iraq alone and see all Islamic’s Shia/Sunni population as Jihadist but sees Moderate Islaic governments ruling classes{1% }as Right to rule and supress the working classes.They take this same view on the home front and have through Federal legislation supported the supression of the masses in lower wages/benefits and to enslave them into RIGHT TO WORK STATES.In the latter, from Reagan through Bush2 adminitrations Federal Legislation was push through by the majority of REPUB’s at the time to stop the REAL COL indexing in the 80’s,ship over 20 MILLION jobs overseas for cheap labor while charging tax codes to give thoses American Co’s massive tax cuts along with the ruling upper 3%.Rommey wants to continue this wages/Benefits enslavement of the working classes and continue to boost the wealth of the upper 3% from 8 TRILLION in 1980 to now over 40 TRILLION dollars while the other 97% go further into Massive debt along with the Federal/States governments.

  • Mitt Romney is now claiming he was the one who ordered Bin Laden’s raid. He may be true,and use it as a polical campaign against his oppononent. Wish he did. He likes the spotlight trains on him.

  • It’s very pathetic that the only foreign, or domestic victory that Obama has achieved was killing someone who was a sitting duck. The CIA had tracked UBL down and had been watching his compound for over 3 months. It took that long for Leon Panetta to blackmail Obama into doing th right thing. Panetta finally told Obama that if he, OBama, didn’t give the order to kill UBL then Panetta was going to let it “leak” that Obama was the one who let UBL get away. WIth all the problems he had to deal with when he took office, Obama can only crow about this? How sad that we have lost over 1.5 million jobs under Obama, that our healthcare has doubled in cost, that we have lost many more of our freedoms, that our border agents have been killed by guns the OBama administration let go to Mexico with no tracking whatsoever, and all he can talk about is how HE killed UBL. I always thought the brave Navy Seals did that job. Oh yeah, it was a gutsy call, my ass. The only guts were the ones, again, exhibited by our brave warriors, not by any of the candy assed members of the Obama adminstration sitting in the briefing room that night. What did they have to lose? maybe their jobs? probably not

    • joyscarbo

      You are amazingly and stunningly wrong. What a parrot of the wingnuts! W did nothing to get Osama. Why would he? His family is good friends with the Bin Ladens. Republicans are saying all over the place that they wouldn’t move heaven and earth to find the guy. Yeah…we know. Osama Bin Laden was the primary target after the attack on the WTC’s….that is, until W got a burr in his saddle about Saddam Hussein threatenin his daddy!!! The manufactured fake yellowcake and WMD and lead our precious soldiers into bloody battle, facing life-changing injuries both physically and psychologically and DEATH. Thousands of our finest soldiers gave their life for our country. Saddam Hussein’s army was not a threat to our freedom- George W Bush was!! He purposefully diverted the nation’s attention from the real war with Al Queda, and onto Iraq.

      Barrack Obama promised if he was presented with actionable intellegence to get Bin Laden, he would get him. HE DID….THE EXECUTIONER OF MORE THAN 30000 AMERICANS IN NYC AT THE WTC’S. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED…FOR REAL.

      That is the true story and don’t let some right-wingnut tell you different.

      • mcarter47

        I heard from more than one source that it was Saddam who stood between the terrorist regime alquiada and the U.S. once he was out of the way- we got bombed!

        • joyscarbo

          There is no evidence that Saddam Hussein had anything to do with Al Queda. He was a dictator of the highest order and would not allow ANY terrorist activity of any kind in his country and was busy trying to rebuild his country after the Persian Gulf War. He was a greedy ruler that wouldn’t have spent a penny of his money to fund Al Queda.
          AlQueda was the creation of Osama Bin Laden and it was his operatives who comitted the crimes on our country. Our government FUNDED Osama Bin Laden to fight communists who had invaded Afgahnistan back in the day. (I think in the 70’s and before….not sure.)

    • mcarter47

      Why do Americans fancy bad mouthing the highest office in the land? Doesn’t anybody read Proverbs, ” Life and Death are in the power of the tounge and those who love it eat of its fruits?” Whether we like the man or woman we should accept and support just as we would our own children, we should encourage and sway the action with this method. Please, once a President is elected let it go!

    • SickIndependent

      You can tell who Todd will vote for. The job loss was started by the Republican term during George W Bush. Know your history Todd.

  • joyscarbo

    Republicans spent years claiming Democrats were soft on terrorists. Yet, W couldnt’- and wouldn’t- go after the head of the snake, Osama Bin Laden. The facts speak for themselves.
    Obama had actionable intellegence and killed the bastard. End of story.

  • mcarter47

    Hello America;
    I want to say that I have been so angry with the behavior of others that I wanted to go to some extreme to get them to quit or back up. However; as the President determining the politics and security of our homeland He or She must be as steady as a surgeon. And of course be familiar with the surgery whether routine or not. To determine who could and who couldn’t evidently is not a matter of experience, so how do we determine such an individual? I do want to say for the record though I am sure it has nothing at all to do with politics!