Sen. John McCain has released a statement slamming Barack Obama for his new ad that shamelessly does an “end-zone dance” for the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden one year ago, and for further saying Mitt Romney would not have ordered the raid:
“Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points.’
“This is the same President who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected.
“No one disputes that the President deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.
“The Obama campaign asks whether Mitt Romney would have made that decision. Of course they want to focus on this one tactical decision because the other decisions this President has made have harmed our national security.“He turned his back on the people of Iran when they rose up to end their tyrannical, terrorist-supporting, Holocaust-denying government, giving them no assistance as they were crushed in the streets.
“He has repeatedly thrown our ally Israel under the bus and jeopardized our shared security interests.
“He tried to bring Khaled Sheikh Muhammed, the mastermind of 9/11, and other Al-Qaeda terrorists into the middle of New York City to stand trial in a civilian court.
“He disregarded the advice of his military commanders and pulled all of our troops out of Iraq, and Al-Qaeda is making a comeback there as a result.
“He disregarded the advice of his military commanders again by telling our enemies that we are leaving Afghanistan and then putting our mission and our troops at risk by short-changing our commanders on the ground.
“He watches passively while the Assad regime in Syria, Iran’s closest ally, kills thousands of its own people in an unfair fight, and his response to this mass atrocity is to create an ‘Atrocities Prevention Board.’
“With a record like that on national security, it is no wonder why President Obama is shamelessly turning the one decision he got right into a pathetic political act of self-congratulation.”
Good statement by McCain. The danger for Obama in not being satisfied to simply take credit for the raid, but also trying to say Romney would not have ordered it, is that he now opens himself to counter-attack by Romney that Obama once again shows that he “thinks more highly of himself than he ought.” This Fall – when the two square off in debates – this question will undoubtedly be asked of Romney, and he will have the chance to make Obama look very bad for both taking full credit for what the Navy SEALs and Intelligence services accomplished, and for having the arrogance to say what another man would or would not have done in the same situation.
NOTE: Notice that the only mention of the Navy SEALs in this ad is in asking what would have happened TO OBAMA if they had failed. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a President who would make an ad that said, “I gave the OK because I knew they would get the job done – and they did America proud!” Instead, this ad is all about THE ONE.
Here is a shameless new ad by the Barack Obama Campaign that actually tries to suggest only he would have given the Navy SEALs the OK to kill Osama bin Laden. More specifically, the entire ad is essentially “Obama said “OK” to the most elite military force in the world and Mitt Romney would not have. It’s as if Obama killed bin Laden by himself!
With this ad, the Obama folks are too cute by half. They have now opened this door, and Mitt Romney now needs to pounce on it by absolutely hammering this “Apologizer-in-Chief” shamelessly trying to take credit for a great victory accomplished at great personal risk by our brave men and women in uniform, and as a result of tremendous effort by our intelligence services over many years. But to Obama, it all just amounts to a political pawn to be used for himself. But, then, to Barack Obama, everything is about The One all the time.
Expect a strong and continuing response from the Romney Campaign on this.
Horrific news all day. Now, Fox News reports via the Associated Press that more than 20 of the Navy SEALs killed in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan – in which 31 Americans died – were from the SEAL Team 6 unit that killed Osama Bin Laden. Some reports indicate there are as many as 300 members of the secretive, elite unit, and whether the SEALs who died were the actual ones involved in the Bin Laden raid itself is not yet known. But it is a grievous blow to our nation. Thank God for the service of these brave Americans, and may He comfort their families:
FOX NEWS: The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The operators from SEAL Team Six were flown by a crew of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. That’s according to one current and one former U.S. official. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because families are still being notified of the loss of their loved ones. . . .Read More
UPDATE: Fox News just said they have been told by Defense Department Officials that the SEALs killed in the Helicopter Crash were NOT the same soldiers who actually raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound and killed him. They were members of the same SEAL team – SEAL Team 6.
Pakistan’s military has arrested five CIA informants, including an army major, who helped track down Osama bin Laden.
Rep. Ron Paul was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning where he said he thinks Pakistan will be “the next occupation.” Paul said, “I think that we are going to be in Pakistan. I think that’s the next occupation, and I fear it. I think it’s ridiculous, and I think our foreign policy is such that we don’t need to be doing this.”
Former President George W. Bush has made his first public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden. He did so at a gathering in Las Vegas, where Bush described the call he received from President Obama with the news. Bush said Obama described the raid for him, and he told Obama regarding his decision to order the raid, “Good call.”
ABC NEWS: Former President George W. Bush made his first candid public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden during an appearance Wednesday at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas.
“I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies,” Bush said when asked what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama, according to an ABC News contributor who attended the event.
“I excused myself and went home to take the call,” Bush said. “Obama simply said ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead.’”
Bush said Obama described in detail the secret mission to raid bin Laden’s Pakistani compound and the decision he made to put the plan into motion. He told Obama, “Good call.”
The 43rd president and man who initiated the hunt for bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks has shied from the spotlight since news broke nearly two weeks ago. Bush has declined interview requests and Obama’s invitation to join him at Ground Zero for a ceremony four days after the raid. . . . . Read More
Here is a video report from Fox News’ Dominic Di-Natale in Pakistan who says his Pakistani military sources tell him that the Chinese have already been, and still are, on the ground in Pakistan to inspect the wreckage, especially the intact tail section, of the special “Stealth Helicopter” used by the U.S. Navy SEAL Team on their raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Di-Natale reported that the Pakistanis are saying there is “no chance” they will give the wreckage back to the U.S. – at least anytime soon. The U.S. has asked for the wreckage back.
Here’s a chance for Obama – who is still taking a victory lap for doing what any President would have done – to actually show some toughness and let the Pakistanis know they have no option but to return that wreckage. The Chinese know that with Obama, they can take advantage of the situation. It is clear they have no fear of him, whatsoever.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe describing in gory detail the photos of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse that he was allowed to view at the CIA.
Inhofe described the 12 photos as “gruesome.” He said Bin Laden’s beard was “salt and pepper,” and he was wearing “underwear.” He said the bullet appeared to have gone in through the eye socket and the explosive force pushed part of the brain back out of the eye socket.
He also saw photos from the USS Carl Vinson from which Bin Laden was buried at sea. Inhofe said there were two pictures from there. One showed Bin Laden having been cleaned up, making him easy to identify. The other photo from the ship showed Bin Laden about to be slid off a tilted “black couch-thing” and into the sea.
Inhofe said he has urged the Obama Administration to release the two photos from the ship taken prior to the burial at sea. Inhofe does not buy the “let’s not make the terrorists mad” argument, because he said “the people who are going to be offended by this are trying to kill us anyway.”
Chris Matthews wonders why the “right-wing” is wanting to “incite more violence” by having the death photos of Osama Bin Laden released. He talked with democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky who is also opposed to releasing the photos even though she admitted she is going to accept an invitation from the White House to view the photos herself. She said they shouldn’t be released to the public because we shouldn’t “chest thump” and “brag” about “this kind of murder.”
MSNBC host Martin Bashir asks former Rep. Tom Tancredo, “Would you have preferred the death of the President as opposed to Bin Laden?” Tancredo answered, “No, of course not. My God. And that is not a logical assumption that anybody could make. Only you would say a thing like that.”
H/t: The Blaze
Juan Williams had a bad day on Fox News Sunday. At least, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt by calling it a bad day.
Here are two videos of Williams saying outrageous things. The first, I think he may not have even realized he was saying. He characterized the killing of Osama Bin Laden as “murder.” I hope that’s not what he meant, because the killing of Bin Laden was in a time of war, and against a man who has the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands.. It was not “murder” of an innocent person. NewsBusters has more.
The second video is more disturbing. This time he is opposing “enhanced interrogations” such as waterboarding, but he raises the specter of the United States “pulling out teeth and eyeballs,” when he knows very well that is not what the United States has done in terms of “enhanced interrogation methods.” He knows that with waterboarding, it only happened to three detainees, and it was done under a doctor’s supervision and no physical harm came to any of the detainees. It’s just wrong for him to make that kind of specious statement as a way to cloud the issue over enhanced interrogations. Gateway Pundit has more.
I’ve always considered Williams to be a sane liberal. But these statements are ridiculous, and Juan Williams knows better.
Here is video of Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday interviewing President Obama’s National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon about the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that took out Osama Bin Laden last week, and the broader War on Terror.
I thought Donilon was an outstanding interview. He’s more impressive than just about anybody I’ve seen working for Obama. He gave a rundown on the mission and how it came together. He said President Obama had met with the actual “operators” of the raid – meaning the SEALs and others directly involved in the mission – and received a “minute by minute” account of what happened.
On the treasure trove of information captured form the Bin Laden compound, Donilon said it is the largest amount of information ever obtained from an anti-terrorist capture or raid. To give an idea of the size, Donilon said it is the size of a “small college library.” But he would not say whether there have been any capture of terrorists or other hits since obtaining the information. “We’re still going through it,” he said.
Donilon hedged on whether any of the intelligence obtained following “enhanced interrogation” was a part of leading us to Bin Laden. He spoke of it being a “mosaic” of intelligence rather than one piece of information.
Chris Wallace asked a brilliant question in the middle of the interview, after first stipulating that Osama Bin Laden “was a monster”:
“Why is shooting an unarmed man in the face legal and proper, while enhanced interrogation – including waterboarding of a detainee under very strict controls and limits – why is that over the line?”
Wallace was not criticizing the killing of Bin Laden – he made that clear. But he was asking about the inconsistency of President Obama opposing enhanced interrogations when he approves of “shooting Bin Laden in the head.” Donilon said enhanced interrogations are “not consistent with our values,” and pointed out “we were at war with Osama Bin Laden.” Wallace responded with, “but we are at war with Khalid Sheikh Muhammed.” Donilon would only continue to repeat that enhanced interrogations are “against our values.”
He refused to comment on the Obama Justice Department pursuing the possibility of prosecutions against CIA operatives who conducted enhanced interrogations.
Here is complete video of President Obama’s interview aired tonight on 60 Minutes in which he talks about the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden.
Here is new video released by the U.S. Department of Defense that was taken from Obama Bin Laden’s compound which actually shows Bin Laden watching video of himself being run on the Al-Jazeera TV Network. A disheveled Bin Laden is shown sitting in a chair watching a small TV in a messy room. He is wrapped in a blanket with a ski cap on.
UPDATED 1:20 PM CT: Here is a video report from MSNBC which shows scenes from multiple videos of Osama bin Laden just released by the Dept. of Defense – videos captured at Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan where he was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs:
UPDATED 1:15 PM CT: Here’s a rundown on the five videos released:
Video 1: A complete, unreleased message to the American people. U.S. intelligence said it was dated some time between October 9 to Nov. 5, 2010. Bin Laden is shown sitting down, dressed in a gold robe, his beard is dyed black and the background is blue. There is no audio but the official said bin Laden is giving his standard message of condemning U.S. policy and capitalism.
Video 2: Bin Laden is sitting on the floor watching a television with video of his own images playing. A video of bin Laden appears on the screen. Then the camera pans over to bin Laden sitting on the floor. He has a gray beard and a black hat on, and is wrapped in a blanket. He is holding the remote control and pointing it at the television, which is sitting on a small, simple wooden table.
Video 3: A practice video. He has a dyed black beard and a wooden background, which was described as an armoire. The official said they have concluded that the armoire in the video is the same one that was found on the compound. There is no date on the video.
Video 4: Another practice clip. He has a brown background and is wearing a white shirt with a T-shirt underneath. There is no date on this video on this short video.
Video 5: Another practice video. He is in front of a wrinkled sheet, wearing a gold covering or robe and white shirt. He is wearing a white hat and his beard is dyed black beard. There is no date on this video. . . . . Read More