I Shot the Sharif

By DeusExMacintosh

Obama Osama Ad
Obama Osama Ad

Barack Obama is marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death with a campaign suggesting that his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, lacks the guts to have ordered the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader.

Infuriated Republicans have hit back by accusing the president of dividing America, calling the campaign “shameless” and accusing Obama of seeking “cheap” political advantage out of the daring raid inside Pakistan.

The Romney campaign has been particularly angered by a YouTube video in which former president Bill Clinton praises Obama’s courage in ordering the Navy Seals’ attack on Bin Laden’s compound.

“Suppose the navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn’t been Bin Laden. Suppose they’d been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him, but he reasoned: I cannot in good conscience do nothing,” said Clinton alongside images of New York firefighters cheering the news of the al-Qaida leader’s death. “He took the harder and the more honourable path and the one that produced, in my opinion, the best result.”

The advert reminds viewers that five years ago Romney said in an interview that “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person”. Romney later retreated from that position.

The vice-president, Joe Biden, kicked off the questioning of what Romney would have done in a speech last week which praised Obama for taking the political risk to get Bin Laden.

“Does anybody doubt that had the mission failed, it would have written the beginning of the end of the president’s first term?” he said. “On this gut issue, we know what President Obama did. We can’t say for certain what Governor Romney would have done.”…

On Monday, Romney said he would have made the same decision as Obama.

“Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” the Republican candidate said in attempting to link Obama to the man regarded as the weakest president of recent times.

The Guardian article includes the video. Mmm, cheesy…

6 Comments

  1. kvd
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Suppose they’d been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him

    Speechless.

    btw “I shot the Sharif” and yesterday “Service with a smiley”. DEM, you have a weird and wonderful mind 😉

  2. Posted May 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I suppose this is what happens when one lives in a bubble (the ‘beltway’, or whatever) and loses a sense of the effect one’s artistic (?) efforts will have on others.

    Normally the Republicans are out in front on the sheer yuck stakes, but this takes some beating.

  3. Posted May 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Weird certainly, kvd. But thank you.

  4. conrad
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Those numbers you have I think would generally be considered massive underestimates of the costs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War

  5. Ripples
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Reading this too quickly I found myself mixing the name Obama with Osama with disturbing results.

    I thought Obama would be better than such statements. I guess I underestimated the power of politics.

  6. Adrien
    Posted May 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Infuriated Republicans have hit back by accusing the president of dividing America, calling the campaign “shameless” and accusing Obama of seeking “cheap” political advantage out of the daring raid inside Pakistan.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    Ahem. It’d be even more funny if it wasn’t, gulp. true.

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