President Barack Obama recently implied former Gov. Mitt Romney wouldn’t have taken bin Laden down. However, as the video from Romney’s 2008 campaign suggests, that’s not the case. Furthermore, Romney’s approach is actually savvier than that of our current administration. Consider this:
ROMNEY: We move everything to get him. But I don’t want to buy into the Democratic pitch that this is all about one person, Osama Bin Laden, because after we get him, there’s gonna be another and another. This is about Shia and Sunni. This is about Hezbollah and Hamas and Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a worldwide jihadist effort to try to cause the collapse of all moderate Islamic governments and replace them with a caliphate. They ultimately want to bring down the United States of America. This is a global effort we’re going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It’s more than Osama Bin Laden, but he is gonna pay, and he will die.—Romney/GOP debate, 2007
In late April a senior State Dept. official told National Journal this:
“’The war on terror is over,’ one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. ‘Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.’"
For some, it’s hard to wrap the brain around the concept of “legitimate Islamism.” We're still waiting for an explanation of that from our president.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/May 1, 2012)