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It’s an effective advertisement on a couple of levels. First off, it’s got President Clinton, who is still adored by quite a few on the left and independents (the guy’s got charisma) talking about President Bush and the fact that the buck essentially stops with the President - he’s the decider in chief.
That pivotal decision we’re talking about is the raid on OBL, and that it goes back to Obama’s campaign position to go after AQ and OBL regardless of whether it meant going into Pakistan.
It too harkens back to Bush’s call to go after AQ wherever they be harbored or have sought shelter.
And President Obama, through the Seal Team, got OBL. Huge kudos for that and one that people may have already forgotten about in the fog of time.
People need to remember that Obama has authorized more UAV strikes and hit more HVTs that Bush did. Intel builds on intel, and the OBL raid captured quite a bit - helping with future raids and planning to boot.
At the time that Obama said he’d go into Pakistan, I warned that it might not be the right thing to say because Pakistan is a nominal ally and that it might stir up a hornet’s nest. Well, the US did carry out the mission, and a hornet’s nest was stirred, but thus far despite protestations from the Pakistani government and ISI, the US continues to do business there and the uneasy alliance continues (though we’re looking to maintain a presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 precisely to keep an eye on the frontier provinces where AQ and similar terror groups are known to have safe havens).
Obama made the decision - and it’s one he certainly doesn’t regret.
He got his target - Osama bin Laden.
And in my book, that counts for a great deal.