Thursday, January 15, 2009

Walk Back from Osama

Obama used to think that capturing or killing Osama bin Laden was essential to our national security. Not any more.

UPDATE: Better to get all the backpeddling out of the way early.


Blogger David Diano said...

""We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

The word "that" refers to "We will crush al-Qaeda" as the priority, not killing bin Laden.
It is possible to kill bin Laden without crushing al-Qaeda. It is also possible to crush al-Qaeda, without finding bin Laden.

While it would be nice to do both, the priority has to be crushing al-Qaeda, since bin Laden doesn't do any of the killing himself.

And of course, bin Laden will still be targeted. I bet we do get him under Obama administration.

Don't forget that Bush is the one that said:
"..Terror is bigger than one person..So I don't know where [Bin Laden] is..You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. ...I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."

* March 13, 2002 Press Conference at the The James S. Brady Briefing Room

The difference is that Obama is concerned about bin Laden and understands that if he can't be killed, he needs to be neutralized.

January 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Gee, another broken Obama promise. They're running about one-a-day now. And he hasn't even taken office yet!

January 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

Bush's "dead or alive" is the broken promise. Obama hasn't broken any promise on bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

January 15, 2009 at 12:18 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

and the minute we walk over into pakistan's borders we're setting off yet another international incident. This time, the other guy has nukes.

January 16, 2009 at 9:49 AM 
Anonymous jake said...

Jeb Bush for President -- Change the Change.

January 16, 2009 at 10:27 AM 

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