And with this video from Team Breitbart, Obama's classless 'Romney would have let bin Laden slip away' narrative is as dead as the terrorist himself:
"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. We'll move everything to get him. But I don't want to buy into the Democratic pitch that this is about one person -- Osama bin Laden -- because after him, there's going to be another and another...This is a worldwide jihadist effort to try to cause the collapse of all moderate Islamic governments and to replace them with a caliphate. They ultimately want to bring down the United States of America...it's more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die."
What were you saying about Mitt Romney and Osama bin Laden, again, Mr. President? The fact is that Romney has been perfectly consistent on this point -- stating at every turn that the US should take decisive action to kill Osama, but that even if we were to eliminate him, the broader Jihadist threat would remain. This video makes that point abundantly clear, and renders Team Obama's dishonest and crass talking point utterly moot. But if our president is fixated on identifying a reckless American leader who, by his own admission, explicitly opposed the bin Laden raid, perhaps he should take a peek at his own ticket:
"He got to me. He said, 'Joe, what do you think?' And I said, 'You know, I didn't know we had so many economists around the table.' I said, 'We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don't go. We have to do two more things to see if he's there,'" said Biden, not elaborating on what more proof he needed to see. Biden said the next morning Obama gave National Security Adviser Tom Donilon the go-ahead. Biden used the anecdote to praise the president's leadership. "It says less about bin Laden than it does about character about this guy leading from behind--this guy doesn't lead from behind, he just leads," he said.
John McCain isn't the least bit surprised by Biden's misjudgment:
“Listen, Biden is the same one that said we should divide Iraq into three countries. Biden is the same one that said Desert Storm would be another Vietnam. Biden has -- has been consistently wrong on every national security issue that I've been involved in in the last 20 years or so," McCain said.
The Arizona Senator left out the ingenious 'let's send a massive, no-strings-attached check to Iran' plan Biden hatched post-9/11. Let's recall that Barack Obama selected Joe Biden to sit one heartbeat away from the presidency. Will the Obama campaign run attack ads against Biden, using genuine, in-context quotes to build the case that he's too weak to be president? This entire storyline is backfiring. Big time. With reports of growing anti-Obama SEAL resentment popping up, and respected military leaders decrying the president's rank politicizing of the bin Laden mission, perhaps the Obama camp will recognize its mistake and move on to another let's-not-discuss-the-economy distraction. I'll leave you with two must-read pieces on the politics of all this, each upbraiding the president for his campaign's dishonorable handling of this important anniversary. The first comes from former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who argues that Obama's myopism is unpresidential. The second is from Pete Wehner, who marvels at the foolishness of the Obama campaign's overreach.
UPDATE - President Obama has landed in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit. He will sign an agreement with the Afghan government and address the nation tonight at 7:30pm ET.
UPDATE II - Boom (via Geragthy):
"Horrible for him?!"
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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