Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hey Obama - How's That Search For Osama Bin Laden Going?

We're all curious as to the status. All of us rember your bravado, the chest thumping, your declaration during the campaign that you would be the one to actually capture or kill him, unlike the evil George W. Bush was unable to do.

Well, the airways have been absent any mention of Obama. Just make sure you let us know when you find him, OK? Thanks!

Following is a statement from Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in response to the Republican debate in Des Moines this morning.

"The fact that the same Republican candidates who want to keep 160,000 American troops in the middle of a civil war couldn't agree that we should take out Osama bin Ladin if we had him in our sights, proves why Americans want to turn the page on the last seven years of Bush-Cheney foreign policy."

and this:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States must be willing to strike al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan, adopting a tough tone after a chief rival accused him of naivete in foreign policy.

and this:

"For while Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. When John McCain said we could just “muddle through” in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell – but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives.

and this:

"AL-QAEDA leader Osama bin Laden should be executed, if he is ever captured alive, US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama said in interview excerpts released yesterday."

The Illinois senator told CNN that the accused mastermind of the September 11 attacks in 2001 should face the full weight of US and global justice.

"I am not a cheerleader for the death penalty," Senator Obama said. "I think it has to be reserved for only the most heinous crimes, but I certainly think plotting and engineering the death of 3000 Americans justifies such an approach.

"I think this is a big hypothetical, though - let's catch him first.

"We have failed to seriously go after al-Qaeda over the last five years because of the distraction of Iraq.

"I think we are now seeing the consequences of that in Afghanistan."

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