Obama 2006: Don’t you hate it when politicians use terrorism as a wedge issue in elections?

posted at 7:25 pm on May 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

Stirring words from a guy who’s now running for reelection on the idea that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have had the balls to order a hit on Osama Bin Laden. And note the applause he gets for saying it. O will take heat for this clip because it showcases his hypocrisy but all he was doing at the time was playing along with a charade created by Democratic voters. They pretended they were strongly anti-war and anti-Gitmo and anti-executive overreach and anti-”politics of fear” when all they really were was strongly anti-Bush. So Obama, who was already thinking of running for president (it’s no coincidence that these remarks were delivered in Iowa), flattered them by spouting the platitudinous nonsense they wanted to hear on the assumption that they’d forget all about it once he was safely in office. How’d that work out for him? It’s almost too bad that Bush didn’t think to target Awlaki with drones before leaving office since no doubt there’d be some golden soundbites from the Unicorn Prince at the time denouncing “King George” and the “unaccountable presidency,” etc. And his base would have cheered him all the way. Don’t hate O just because he had the good sense to exploit a political scam when he saw one.

Since we’re on the subject of Al Qaeda and Afghanistan, remember how he sold the troop drawdown last night in part by touting the prospect of reconciliation with the Taliban? Here’s how that’s going on their end:

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief testified to the Afghan Senate today that Maluvi Mohammad Ismail, who until last year served as the Military Council Chairman for the Taliban’s Quetta Shura, had recently been executed by rival Taliban members along with 25 other “key rebel figures.” NDS chief Lieutenant General Rahmatullah Nabil additionally noted that the former head of the Taliban’s Recruitment Council, Ustad Yasir, a key ideologue for the Taliban movement, had been among those killed. And regional reports identified two other Afghan Taliban officials who had also been killed: Maulvi Shaheedkhel (Shahid Khel), allegedly the shadow governor of Laghman province, and a Taliban intelligence figure named Maulvi Ahmadullah Wror.

According to Nabil, Ismail and his supporters had been detained by Taliban fighters on the way to an airport in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, as they were preparing to fly to a meeting for peace talks with the Afghan government, according to Pajhwok Afghan News. And in fact, local media reported on April 18 that several high-ranking Taliban members, including Ismail, Mullah Ahad Agha, and Mullah Ghulam Hassan, had been seized near Quetta by Taliban gunmen in early April.

They’re actually purging the more peace-minded members of their own ranks rather than let them talk to the U.S. or Karzai about a deal. Given that any treaty is bound to last only as long as there’s a major American military presence around to guarantee it, it’s a remarkable show of rejectionism that some Taliban would prefer to kill their comrades than let them negotiate even a phony, strategic peace. So much for the reconciliation.

Exit question: Will Romney be allowed to mention that on the trail or would that make him guilty of turning terrorism into a wedge issue? Click the image to watch.


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That was then. This is now. \s

mikhail1973 on May 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on May 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Who would have seen that coming? This is the perfect example why they have to run against Willard as an right-wing extremist. If they try to run against Willard the flip-flopper it will blow up in their faces like mommy-wars, dog- and polygamy attacks.

Valkyriepundit on May 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

use it mitt….USE IT

gotta fight fire with fire

cmsinaz on May 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Hannity was hammering this on his radio show today. I am not sure exactly when my iphone battery died (listening to the radio app on the iphone), but he just kept playing Obama then and Obama now clips and showing his hypocrisy. Kind of glad my iphone battery died, it was getting repetitious.

karenhasfreedom on May 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Both parties have politicized these things in the past and both parties have complained about the other side politicizing these issues—and both parties use them as a distraction from the real issues that are destroying our nation, which both parties caused.

FloatingRock on May 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

What a stick!

Electrongod on May 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

both parties use them as a distraction from the real issues that are destroying our nation, which both parties caused.

FloatingRock on May 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

True to an extent. But the important takeaway over the last 80 years is that one ideology is primarily to blame…it matters not if the ideology is practiced by Dems or the GOP. And that ideology is statism.

visions on May 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

And his little dog too.

Electrongod on May 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

You are an obvious racist.

Grunt on May 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

What a fraud.

/Foreward!

Key West Reader on May 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Why does Obama hate love using terrorism as a wedge issue?

Good Lt on May 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Osama bin Laden…

Obama and Biden…

Yep. I was right. There really isn’t much of a difference.

turfmann on May 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

And his little dog too.

Electrongod on May 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

You made me laugh…

bluealice on May 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Reggie Love tell all book will tell all! Composite/compression free.

BHO Jonestown on May 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Clinton was a clever liar.

Barky is a liar. Period.

fogw on May 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Reggie Love tell all book will tell all! Composite/compression free.

BHO Jonestown on May 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Is Reggie still alive?

Key Word: Larry Sinclair.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Whoever the best offensive coordinator is in the game of politics, Mitt needs to sign him…keep moving the ball forward, every play…do no relent.

hillsoftx on May 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

PBHO ate dog.

Bishop on May 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Pathetic POTUS

What a horrible “performance” for our Troops… reading from a paper to figure out who was in “his” audience. Then congratulating himself for being there. I could only make it to 3:23. Blech.

How embarrassing for the great O-Weenie.

/Fantabulous!

Key West Reader on May 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM

As of today, I suppose, Obama using “I Killed bin-Laden” will get him a bit farther along than using “I killed Chen Guangcheng.”

And if “I killed bin-Laden” is the best this schmuck can come up with…gonna love to see him in January when both the US Marshal Service and the Secret Service have to pull his fingers away from the door jamb of the Oval Office. The Marshals removing a private citizen trespassing on federal property and the Secret Service engaged in protecting the new President from a shrieking lunatic who is hollering something about “I Won!!!”

To quote one of Obama’s Democrat predecessor’s advisers…”It’s the Economy, Stupid!”

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

“reconciliation with the Taliban”?

You have got to be kidding me.

Yeah, THAT’S gonna end well.

sage0925 on May 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Praying for Chen.

/I’m growing increasingly concerned about the sudden emergence of Obama’s “girlfriends” and their bizarre writings coming out at this late date. He’s getting desperate.

Desperate Despots Do Desperate Things in Desperate Times.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2012 at 8:26 PM

all he was doing at the time was playing along with a charade created by Democratic voters. They pretended they were strongly anti-war and anti-Gitmo and anti-executive overreach and anti-”politics of fear” when all they really were was strongly anti-Bush.

THIS. ThisThisThis.

DavidW on May 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I wonder if The Once will spike the Liu Ziaobo football? Or perhaps the Chen football? I would think not because both of these gentlemen and their families will simply evaporate from the headlines.
As for President Present … I still demand to see his college transcripts.
Hey, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN how about that … lets get copies of both Romney’s and King Putt’s college transcripts and COMPARE them.
‘crickets’
Fake girlfriends by keester. All of his past associations have been told to STFU if they know what’s good for them. It is afterall, the Chicago way.

Missilengr on May 2, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Jon Stewart exposes y’all as hypocritical idiots, once again

DBear on May 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Obama ate his dog’s homework.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

DBear….what can I say…what can anyone say, really?

Nonetheless, anyone, anyone at all, today, who gets the news, or accepts the commentary of Jon Stewart about anything as gospel truly needs to get out of the basement and soon.

He’s a comedian. That’s all. Nothing more. Nothing less.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Come on, Mitt. Just one, clean, fluid stroke. One inch below the ear.

minnesoter on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM

The Hypocrite in Chief strikes again.

Mainstream Media reaction? *crickets*

We should just change the media’s nickname to what it really is; The modern-day Agitprop Bureau.

KMC1 on May 3, 2012 at 1:57 AM

The Preezy of the United Steezy gives himself a shout out and our troops respond

iceman1960 on May 3, 2012 at 7:01 AM

iceman1960 on May 3, 2012 at 7:01 AM

But, Bush…

Wait a sec.

Bush had to wait for the cheering to die down before he could speak, time after time after time.

And, he didn’t have to read the units off a hastily written scribbled 3×5 card, either.

Was waiting for Obama to say “101st Sustainment Brigade, C’mon down, this is your chance on Price is Right.”

coldwarrior on May 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Obama ate his dog’s for a homework essay – “Looking for Tiger”

profitsbeard on May 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

FIFY

koaiko on May 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Obama does the cha-cha over the assassination of bin Laden, then puts us into position to reconcile with the people who sheltered and supplied Al Qaeda before 9/11 and sheltered bin Laden until he could make his escape to Pakistan. How is that a wedge issue? It highlights the core hypocrisy in Obama’s “anti-terrorism” policy: make it all about Al Qaeda while capitulating to militant fundamentalist Islam at every turn. If Romney cannot make mileage out of that he truly does not deserve the White House.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

This ad from Veterans for a Strong America says it all.

OneVision on May 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM