Obama Flashback: It Is No Longer Essential to Kill Osama Bin Laden

Just when you thought you’d heard everything…
Obama told us all week how he always promised to get Osama Bin Laden.
…Except when he didn’t.

This flip-flop came his first month in office.
The Times reported, via Free Republic:

Barack Obama suggested last night that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America’s security goals could be achieved merely by keeping al-Qaeda “on the run”.

“My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him,” he said. “But if we have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America.”

His comments, in a CBS interview, represent a significant watering down of the “dead or alive” policy pursued by President Bush since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. They also appear to contradict Mr Obama’s own statements made in the election campaign.

As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: “We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

Remember, with Obama, everything comes with an expiration date.

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