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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  • ∅butthead

    I’m releasing photographic evidence Osama bin Laden is dead.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    I agree that it was no longer really necessary to kill him. He was a doddering old man at this stage. Probably senile. Definitely confused. Living in the same room for 5 years without leaving it could probably lead to an amplification of the effects of senility, I’m guessing. What the heck did he control?

    We have Jamaat ul Fuqra compounds training, military-style, who knows how many ex-convicts who have recently been “enlighhtened” by Islam while in prison, in almost every state in this country. What does OBL have to do with their continued existance and continued mission? Jack. Jack Squat.

    What Obama meant when he said this was that killing bin Laden was “…no longer essential, but it might be someday when I’m tanking in the polls, so keep him alive in that villa we’ve known about since 2008, and we’ll keep giving that country GOODIES!”

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Obama:

    “Just tell him he’s safe there — keep him safe there. We’ll keep giving your country goodies. Lots of goodies. Money, military training and a cornucopia of high-end military gear. And when I need to kill him — and I will, because Bushie didn’t, and thus it is a trump card if I need a boost in the polls — you’ll let me send a team to kill him. Deal?”

    That’s probably more close to the truth than anyone yet realizes.

  • bg

    ++

    re: recently as October 7

    well, he knew where he was at that time, ergo, called on Oliver
    Stone to write the script, that’s what really delayed the raid.. 😀

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    ∅butthead

    hahaha, love it!!

    ==

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #4 LOL!

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Somewhere between comment #3 and comment #4, is The Truth.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Bizarro-land folks. That’s where this train stopped. Welcome!

  • Militant Conservative

    Nice butthead, good sense of humor.

    powder be dry

  • http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com LibertyAtStake

    It’s not quite that “everything comes with an expiration date”… more like “everything is cynically calibrated to the next election date.” Barry is on the run and desperate. I anticipate a fruitfull 18 months of blogging coming up.

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • http://www.deconstructingobama.com DREAMS FROM BILL AYERS
  • StrangernFiction

    It wasn’t important enough to keep Barky off the golf course for a few days, we know that. That is if he new about it at all.

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  • donh

    It became essential when his poll numbers broke below 40%

  • SeneS

    Jennifer Griffin lied on The Factor tonight.
    She said that Bin Ladin’s son was killed running at the Seal team.
    It’s obvious from the photos he was shot in the back

  • http://crypticsubterranean.blogspot.com Jay.Mac

    Apparently the news that he hadn’t left the room for 5 years was incorrect. Now seems like it might have been that he didn’t allow his wife to leave. Latest reports also indicate that he was actually much more involved in the running and planning of Al Qaeda than was previously assumed. Who knows what he was up to? Apart from the CIA now I mean :)

    Thank goodness the Bush policies led to information on the courier- Bin Laden successfully went to ground & not only remained hidden for close to a decade but continued to remain in control of Al Qaeda during that time. Obama was mistaken if he conflated hidden with powerless- if it hadn’t been for Bush we never would have learned of the courier & Bin Laden would still be out there, plotting.

  • mcc

    Barry is one confused fella. Happened to watch this video and saw, at the end, BO claiming to Hawaii’s Teacher of the Year (from Noelani Elementary) that her school was where he’d attended first grade:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/behind-the-scenes-video-of-the-white-house-during-the-obl-op.html

    Doesn’t square with Wikipedia (below) and what I’ve read elsewhere:

    with Obama’s mother continuing her studies at the University of Hawaii—earning a B.A. in anthropology in August 1967, while her son attended kindergarten in 1966–1967 at Noelani Elementary School.[8][14]

    […]In October 1967, Obama and his mother moved to Jakarta to rejoin his stepfather.

    BTW, I was interested in the video because I thought it would show more of Barry during the OBL operation as it headlined itself…not so much. Only him wearing a suit afterward, congratulating the team: did they hope this would rid us of the image from the photo of him in his golf gear, looking like the kid not invited to be with the grown-ups?

  • gus

    So if Bin Laden was no big deal, why is Opie spiking and re-spiking that football?

  • sandy

    Its no longer essential to kill Osama Bin Laden unless your poll numbers are falling like a rock and you need to earn your Foreign Policy Bonafides.

  • gus

    It wasn’t essential to kill him, yet he was shot and killed while unarmed. Explain Opie.

  • Aussie

    to those who claim that OBL was a doddering old man, I say BS. He was 54 years old and that is middle age. It is not old.

    OBL was continuing to plot against the West. OBL was the one giving the signals for terrorist action.

    That is why he had to be found and taken out.

  • Rock

    SeneS commented:

    Jennifer Griffin lied on The Factor tonight.
    She said that Bin Ladin’s son was killed running at the Seal team.
    It’s obvious from the photos he was shot in the back

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Really not that uncommon, the fight response kicks in, and the poor dork looks to kill the hated Americans, suddenly reality sets in, and flight response takes over, unfortunately few can outrun a bullet.

  • gus

    I don’t care where Bin Laden’s dead son was shot. I care that he WAS shot.
    NAVY SEALS kill scum DEAD.

  • uggy parfait

    #18 May 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm
    gus commented:
    So if Bin Laden was no big deal, why is Opie spiking and re-spiking that football?

    ++

    The Gulf News Paper Al Nasir says it all with a screaming Front Page Headline.

    Pakistans screams to Obama to stop the Innocent Killing by Drone Strikes.

    Saudi Arabia looks to unite world Arab forces against USA ( but the headline says against Obama)

    Obama illegally entered another country and assasinated people breaking international laws, and the Muslism want world war. So Obama may have planned this to bring down Amierca.

    Osama bin Laden was no threat, at all. Just an old man.

  • gus

    Bin Laden was “offed” at 54. The intel we have recovered has already indicated NEW PLOTS against us. Harry Truman was an OLD MAN, when he nuked Japan.

  • jorgen

    It Is No Longer Essential to Kill Osama Bin Laden

    It is beginning to look like Obama knew where Osama was already in 2009!

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  • daryl

    Obama “the hump” found himself sliding in the polls, finally realized something needed to be done to improve his approval rating if he wants to continue his free ride.

  • daryl

    His slip in the polls turned Obama into a warrior overnight.

  • Trialdog

    This is so cool. He said this in a CBS interview. Thus, CBS is well aware of it and when the president and his sycophants began saying that killing Bin Laden has been Obama’s #1 priority, CBS must have done a huge embarassing expose! Wow what a scoop! Their ratings will climb!

    ……oh…..nevermind.

  • bigL

    we should get some of our own photoshoppers to “create” photos of OBL walking around Afghanistan and also photos of him dead.and load up the internet with them. Two can play the
    mind-luck game. After a while it will force the Ruling Junta in D.C.to release the Photos

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  • Chisum

    Aussie,

    I agree. The press constantly refers to BO as a young man and he’s 50.

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  • StrangernFiction

    OBL was continuing to plot against the West. OBL was the one giving the signals for terrorist action.

    Which is why it would have been much preferable to take him alive. But who knows, maybe the narrative of the State and its bootlickers is correct and everything OBL knew about Al Qaeda is on those hard drives.

  • chuck in st paul

    ” was no longer essential …”

    Well it wasn’t… until there was a presidential campaign that needed pumping up. duh.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Jaymac, I’m hoping they’re looking real hard at any possible Al-Queda/Mumbai massacre connections.

  • notjenna

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

    This flip-flop came his first month in office.

    I know! Remember when he said this?

    Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not? We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginalized. … I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.

    That was shameful, arrogant, and just plain dumb! Then Obama fumbled again (has he ever not fumbled?) when he shut down the CIA’s Bin Laden desk. That was dumber still and maybe even criminal! But, as we know with him, laws are for the little people.

  • Chisum

    Oh look, it’s notjenna, the Predictable Lying Libtard Troll with another false quote in a pathetic attempt to smear Bush. Poor notjenna, you are late to the dance…as usual. Several of your also stupid compatriots have tried to slide this lie by us and been refuted. Since you missed it I’ll post the proof again.

    Whatever you think of Bush, it’s plain that “I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority” is nothing like an accurate summary of the above press conference. Yet again, the message is not to trust snipped quotes: they can be deeply misleading.

    http://www.911myths.com/html/ignored.html

    Here’s the original speech:

    http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2002/03/20020313-8.html

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    How pathetic that you trolls have to lie in a vain effort to build up your plastic messiah.