Is it shocking that a president would use a military decision for political gain?May 1, 2012 @ 8:36 am
A new Obama campaign ad reminds us just who gave the order to get Osama bin Laden.
But it doesn't stop there.
It uses a Romney quote from 2007 to imply that Romney might not have done the same. There's no audio of the quote so the ad shows Wolf Blitzer repeating it:
"It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person," said Blitzer.
Mitt Romney was downplaying the importance of focusing on Osama bin Laden. But he certainly wasn't alone. Remember this:
"The idea of focusing on one person. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him when he had taken over a country."
That was George Bush just six months after 9/11.
But what the Obama ad leaves out is that after taking flak from other Republicans, Romney said this just a few days later:
"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 on America," said Romney.
[Will we move heaven and earth to get him?]
"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. It's more than Osama bin Laden, but he is going to pay, and he will die," said Romney.
It's not about one person, but we will move heaven and earth to get the person that it's not about. So it's a more nuanced position.
But as to the original question, is it somehow shocking that a president would use a military decision for political gain?
Hmmm...let me see:
"The party of FDR, the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run," said Bush.
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