The Obama campaign has released an ad featuring former President Bill Clinton stating that Romney would not have given the order to go after Osama bin Laden like Obama did. It is based upon a statement Romney made several years ago that he would not spend billions of dollars or move heaven and earth just to go after one man.
Many people have taken offense to the ad stating that it is morally wrong to use the killing of bin Laden as a political tool. Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post said,
“We should celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. It's one thing to have an NBC special from the Situation Room... all that to me is perfectly legitimate, but to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”
A number of current and former Navy SEALS are also condemning Obama’s flaunting of bin Laden’s death in a campaign ad. Former SEAL Team 6 leader Ryan Zinke said that although the final decision to take out bin Laden was made by Obama, that most of the effort and planning involved many others. Zinke, now serving as a Republican state senator in Montana said,
“I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice - it was a broader team effort.”
“The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.”
Others point out that the death of bin Laden helped to unify America but now the Obama campaign is using it to divide the nation.
When faced with all of the negative response to the ad, Obama first said that he was not using bin Laden’s death purely for re-election purposes, he denied the accusation. Then he continued on and defended the ad by saying that we must take a look at things people have said in the past. I found it typically deceptive of him to deny doing it and then defend doing it almost all in the same breath.
Mitt Romney has come out and said that placed in the same circumstance that Obama was in that he and almost any other American would have given the same order. He also defended his past statement about the efforts used to hunt down one man by saying that he would have approached it in a different and broader scope to accomplish much more than a single manhunt.
If Obama wants to make a campaign issue of looking at past statements, then let’s start looking at some of his.
Before being elected president, Obama stated that he was against the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He may have pulled most of the troops out of Iraq, but during his term as president, he actually escalated the war efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Obama promised he would create 5 million green jobs and we have seen how that has cost the taxpayers billions of dollars for the dismal failures of the green industry.
Obama promised his healthcare plan would reduce the cost of health insurance when in reality it has seen significant increases on costs and significant decreases on coverage.
Obama promised he would provide an economic recovery yet he only succeeded in turning a bad situation into a crisis. In his three years in office, Obama is responsible for racking up more federal debt than all other presidents combined. He has failed to get a budget passed and has spent more than the previous five presidents combined.
Obama took a solemn vow to uphold the US Constitution and the laws of the nation. His track record over the past three years includes numerous violations of the Constitution and federal laws.
Obama promised to end partisan politics but has only served to create one of the largest partisan divisions in American history.
Obama has repeatedly said that he was willing to work with the Republican party to get important issues passed and then turned around said he would not entertain anything they proposed.
So if we take Barack Obama’s advice and look at past statements, it shows him to be a liar, a charlatan and a complete failure of a president. But, I’m sure if you ask him about it, he will say that he was referring to others like Romney and not to himself.
Mr President, I would like to remind you of the words of former President Harry Truman who said if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Obviously you can’t take the heat since you blame everyone else but yourself, so it’s time for you to get the heck out of the kitchen, the White House and for that matter, out of the United States.