The new political ad which has Bill Clinton extolling the steely eyed determination of President Obama in ordering the Navy Seals to take out Osama Bin Laden, relies heavily on collective amnesia by the American public.
As facts have shown, Bill Clinton's refusal to acknowledge there was a war against us by Al Quaeda, lead to the eventual attack on American soil by Jihadists under the command of Osama Bin Laden on 911.
There was plenty of evidence that outright war had been declared during Bill Clintons Presidency: The first truck bombing of the World Trade Center. The bombing of our military barracks in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 and wounding hundreds. The suicide bombing of our warship USS Cole. Two US embassies in Africa destroyed by bombs that killed 260 and injured more than 5,000.
But as Byron York wrote in the National Review
: "Bill Clinton was too preoccupied with his own political fortunes to an extent that precluded his giving serious and sustained attention to fighting terrorism" and avoided the decision to kill Osama Bin Laden when he had the opportunity served up to him on a silver platter...more than once.
So it is ironic that Bill Clinton is used as the prop in an ad taking credit for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, when in reality if he had done his job as commander in chief and acted decisively, Osama Bin Laden would be a minor footnote in American history. Today 911 would just be a number you called on your phone in an emergency. See Losing Bin Laden
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But this doesn't take away from the fact that it was a great decision by President Obama to order the hit on Bin Laden and he should receive praise and recognition for it. But praise and recognition should also be equally given to the previous administration who set in motion the groundwork that collected the intelligence revealing where Bin laden was hiding.
It is also ludicrous to claim Mitt Romney would not have had the fortitude to make the decision President Obama did if he had been faced with the same circumstances.
Is there any doubt that Osama Bin Laden was public enemy number one and that Americas Special Forces are the most excellent and well equipped the world has ever seen? How could a commander in chief NOT order a hit on Osama Bin laden if his whereabouts were pinpointed and he was presented with an executable plan? No President could have passed this opportunity up. Ann Coulter summed it up when she said: "Even a President Dennis Kucinich would have ordered the operation".
The killing of Osama Bin Laden was a national effort lead by all of Americas intelligence services and executed by our Special Forces. The go ahead was given by President Obama. Lets give credit where credit is due and not suffer from collective amnesia when confronted with a campaign ad.