April 30th, 2012
10:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Crowley: Playing politics with bin Laden

Washington (CNN) - It was probably only a matter of time - about 365 days, in fact - before the death of Osama bin Laden got into the political groundwater of 2012.

In a campaign ad for President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton praises Obama for approving the risky raid into Pakistan and suggests Mitt Romney wouldn't have.


Filed under: 2012 • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Dean

    I don't think Obama would have authorized the invasion of Europe (D-Day) during WWII. He would not have wanted to offend the Nazi regime.

    April 30, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    In a campaign ad for President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton praises Obama for approving the risky raid into Pakistan and suggests Mitt Romney wouldn't have.
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    Leave it to Obama to take what should have been a unifying American accomplishment and try and turn it into a divisive political game. This is just a hint at how little Obama knows about leadership and why Washington in the last 3 years has become a dysfunctional political playground.

    Romney 2012

    April 30, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Linda

    The GOP would have claimed it a National Holiday if they had killed OBL under a Republican President.

    April 30, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. rla

    Why don't you actually do some journalism rather than jump on every faux story, gotcha and spin story that arrives???? It is getting harder and harder for the public to focus on real issues and CNN and stories like this make it harder!

    April 30, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Andrea Sharp

    Bin Laden should be apart of his accomplishments during the campain. The RE-Pubs have no problem listing his failures. They act like our Pres. Hasn't accomplished anything. I can't wait to Nov. So the "no team" will be history and then maybe some things can get accomplished.

    April 30, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. John, PA

    LOL; Bill Clinton praising Obama, let’s not forget how many times Clinton missed getting Osama bin Laden while Clinton was having his flute played by an intern.

    And the reality is; this is one of two bright spots in the Obama administration, the other is firearms sales up 66 percent since the Democrats took over Congress in 2007 and the Obama administration started in 2009.

    April 30, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Nobama

    The Obama ad, touting the king of UBL, is Obama's version of "Mission Accomplished!"

    In 2008, Obama ran against Bush.
    Now, he runs like Bush!!

    Is this the change we can believe in??????

    April 30, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Joi Gibson

    Oh cry me a river. If the mission had failed, you best better believe the GOP would be all over the President as weak (even though they do it now). He called the shot, he has a right to say it. Mr. 9-11 himself (Guiliani) was always throwing 9-1-1 in our faces, but when this President rightly explains his accomplishment of killing OBL, well then it's pathetic, it's political, blah, blah, blah. Republicans – hypocrites, the lot of them.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    April 30, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Mgc tampa

    He probably wouldn't have. What we know of Romney now is he only does what the group in front of him wants him to do. He seems to have no moral core of his own so why do we think he would have had the courage to take this step.

    April 30, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Many Republicans made a fuss last year over the entire raid to overshadow the success. They called it invading a soverign nation. They made lots of noise over seeing "proof" of what occurred. While not all Republicans were using over the top rhetoric, those that were not were not saying anything against those who were.

    April 30, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. John, PA

    And let me reiterate from a prior post, this is all the Democrats have to talk about beside the increase in gun sales; they can’t talks about the failed education system, failed energy plan, failed budgets, failed job market, failed housing market or how Obama has played 100 rounds of golf and 17 vacations to date in three years. These topics will be front and center as the November election draws near.

    April 30, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Nobama

    -----The Obama ad, touting the king of UBL, is Obama's version of "Mission Accomplished!"

    In 2008, Obama ran against Bush.
    Now, he runs like Bush!!

    Is this the change we can believe in??????

    April 30, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. ST

    If Romney was smart, he could have made arrangement that he appear together with Pres. Obama during this one year anniversary of killing bin Laden. By doing so, he could have won credibility, respect and regarded as a person who understands things, instead of whining about divisiveness.

    April 30, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    Leave it to Obama to take what should have been a unifying American accomplishment and try and turn it into a divisive political game.
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    Divisive? Give us a break. The only thing divisive around here are the people going around saying the sky is falling.

    Mitt Romney is on record as stating that he would never take such an action as bold as going into Pakistan if he had "actionable intelligence" on a high priority target. Romney's words are fair game. Is it politics

    April 30, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The President made it perfectly clear back in 2008 that if he had actionable intelligence that OBL was in Pakistan that he would go after him. He did just that! At the same time, you had his opponent(McLame) calling him naive. Willard said he wouldn't go after him. These are the same idiots who thought it was a good idea to invade a foreign country on false pretenses. Let me make it clear to you guys why Obama is President and not McCain or Clinton: JUDGEMENT!!!

    April 30, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Joan

    They didn't say Romney would not have ordered the raid. Considering that Romney first said he would not spend a lot of money going after Bin Laden in Pakistan it is perfectly logical to question whether he would have made that decision. He later flip-flopped on his statement but that is nothing new and he probably did it after some backlash for what he really thought. President Obama has every right to bring up the issue on the anniversary of the biggest military succes in years. The GOP is coming off as jealous and petty. They are actually drawing attention to their failures. Romney's security statements are starting to sound worriesome. He seems to think that Russia is still a huge threat and that the cold war is still going on. He sounds as if he would be more hawkish regarding some of the uprisings around the world. Just what the US needs- more wars. Since the economy is starting to slowly improve, actually better than most of the European countries, the GOP seems to be grasping at straws for issues to hit the President with. Not this one!!!

    April 30, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. 1twinsfan

    Can you imagine the uproar if President Obama had not made this call and word got out that the US had known of the location of bin Laden? And really, Obama should take credit for this. He said during a debate with McCain that if he knew OBL was, he would kill him. Point blank – he would kill Osama bin Laden.

    April 30, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Larry L

    @Four and The Door

    "Leave it to Obama to take what should have been a unifying American accomplishment and try and turn it into a divisive political game. This is just a hint at how little Obama knows about leadership and why Washington in the last 3 years has become a dysfunctional political playground."
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    Really? Do you remember President Bush's dramatic appearance on an aircraft carrier under the "Mission Accomplished" sign? This was before the 4500 Service-members died in the war he foolishly started to make "Daddy proud and Haliburton stockholders rich". Against Colen Powell's advice he started the war with no plan and no exit-strategy. He walked away from the hunt for Bibn Laden to got to Iraq – a place not associated with 9/11. I'll bet you voted for him twice! You'd be wise to avoid this subject...

    April 30, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Blindersoff

    All who are for candidate Romney for President, has absolutely no credibility. Romney has no substance what so ever. I am an independent, there for, I favor no particular party. But I do know this, Romney would be an absolute disaster as The President of these United States of America. Romney policies are like the Emperor's New Clothes, he hasn't any. Four and The Door, you think that you are intelligent, but really, you are a chronic, pathetic, pathologic, delusional, angry little man. I'm not upset with you or anyone for that matter. I just thought, you needed to hear this. Have fun!

    April 30, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. B

    Everyone knows that if Bush had bothered to get Bin Laden he would have made it a National Holiday!

    He told the World that he really didn’t care about pursuing -after the wanted Dead or Alive comments... what a fraud Bush was and still is!

    April 30, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. rs

    I don't think it is "politics" to point out the difference between Mr. Obama's position, and the GOP position. Mr. Bush famously said about bin Laden "I don't hink much about him anymore" when asked how the hunt for him was going. Combining that disengagement with the very special treatment the bin Laden family got after 9/11 (the only planes flying in fact) it is probably more fair to say the GOP simply wasn't interested in catching and prosecuting Osama bin Laden.

    Now if the GOP has orgotten about that giant blunder of "mission accomplished" with Mr. Bush deressed up like a fighter pilot off the coast of San Diego declaring the Iraqi defeat complete, well that's their business. No politics there at all.

    April 30, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Four and The Door

    Larry L
    ...Against Colen Powell's advice he started the war with no plan and no exit-strategy.
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    And won.

    April 30, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Pander Bear

    "Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us." – Dick Cheney in 2004, politicizing 9/11 for the umpteenth time.

    April 30, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. rs

    Four and The Door- your statement is not based in fact regarding Obama and the Nazis, but I'll give you style points for working "Nazi" into a sentence with "Obama".
    Meanwhile we do know Mr. Romney is very dedicated for more "off-book" wars. He has made no mention of how he'll pay for his war with Iran- and we know darned well like the chicken hawks of the Bush era, his sons won't be fighting. He'll leave that to poorer Americans.

    April 30, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    -–The Obama ad, touting the king of UBL, is Obama's version of "Mission Accomplished!"
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    No it's not. The difference is Obama actually accomplished the mission. Bush claimed mission accomplished, and 100,000 lives were lost afterwards. Stop fooling yourself and living in denial.

    April 30, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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