Monday, May 02, 2011

Required reading: Froomkin's "Obama Succeeded Where Bush Failed: Osama Bin Laden Rhetoric And Reality"

Yesterday's victory of Osama bin Laden and al Quaeda was the direct result of changes in U.S. policy put in place by the Obama administration. There are many on the right--most notably House Majority Leader Eric Cantor--who are scrambling to rewrite history and obscure the truth about Barack Obama's successful pursuit of Osama bin Laden. Cantor and other Republicans would have you believe that yesterday's victory was the result of the actions of George W. Bush.
For instance, as the months and years went by after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- and Bush’s initial bluster about capturing the al Qaeda leader “dead or alive” became a source of embarrassment -- Bush began to insist that bin Laden himself wasn’t so very important.

"I truly am not that concerned about him," Bush said at a White House press conference on March 13, 2002. And of course the following March, he shifted America’s focus to Iraq, which proved to be a gigantic diversion.

Obama took a different tack.

"Shortly after taking office," the president explain Sunday night, "I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network."
Barack Obama refocused American policy and made the targeting of Osama bin Laden a priority. Obama also dramatically increased the diplomatic pressure on Pakistan and the use of covert U.S. assets inside Pakistan.

Read Dan Froomkin's "Obama Succeeded Where Bush Failed: Osama Bin Laden Rhetoric And Reality" at the Huffington Post.

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