Barack Obama Announcement
May 2, 2011 by staff
“(U.S. troops) killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
“Americans can do whatever we set our minds. … We are one nation, under God, indivisible for liberty and justice for all.”
“He has never forgotten their loss. Achievement of today is a testimony to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.” – Talking to those who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Justice has been done.”
“(Bin Laden’s death) should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”
“The American people came together … we reaffirm our ties with each other.” – From the way he reacted to 9 / 11.
In a speech of nearly 18 months before he became president, Barack Obama issued a blunt warning to President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan: “If we have actionable intelligence about high value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will.”
The line was eerily prophetic, as it turned out. In its statement late Sunday night announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, Obama said the U.S. had acted within Pakistan to capture or kill the leader of Al Qaeda in just such intelligence.
“Today, in my direction, the U.S. launched an operation targeting the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” Obama said. “A small group of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and ability. No Americans were hurt. Care was taken to avoid civilian casualties. After a shootout, killing Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
The president of the main national security advisers said after the speech that the United States told Pakistan’s leaders on the attack early. The successful raid sparked impromptu celebrations by the crowds in Washington and New York.
However, in mid-2007, when Mr. Obama gave the speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, instantly always a chance his Democratic rivals, who seized aggressively.
Hillary Clinton, then a senator from New York and now Obama Secretary of State, criticized Obama for being naive for risking the U.S. relationship with an ally of telegraphing what he would do as president.
“You can think big, but remember that you should always say everything you think if you’re running for president, because it has consequences around the world,” Mrs. Clinton said later at a Democratic forum in Chicago.
Vice President Joe Biden, then a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, told the National Press Club a few days: “The way to deal with it, not announce it, but to do so. The last thing I want to do is telegraph to the people in Pakistan that we are about to violate its sovereignty. ”
Christopher J. Dodd, then a Democratic senator from Connecticut, said it would be “a declaration of intentions for specific military action to the media in the context of a political campaign.”
The criticism was part of an effort by opponents of Obama to cast the young senator as naive and inexperienced when it comes to national security and foreign policy. Months later, Mrs. Clinton released a campaign ad blunt when asked if people are comfortable with Mr. Obama in the White House when the phone rings at 3 am
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was Obama’s Republican rival in the general election, picked up the criticism. On several occasions, McCain Obama paraphrased incorrectly, saying the Democrat had promised to bomb Pakistan.
“Will we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan?” Asked Mr. McCain during his victory speech in Wisconsin Republican primary in February 2008.
Obama weathered the criticism to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency – and take Biden and Clinton on the main messages of his administration. But the issue of his conduct of foreign policy has continued to provide ammunition to his critics.
After the eruption of crisis in the Middle East, several of his Republican rivals renewed the question of whether Obama was too naive in regard to national security. Issued several statements highly critical.
Now, however, may be more difficult for Republicans to make the case stick. Not only did Obama achieve what his predecessor, George W. Bush, unable to carry out over seven years, but also he did following his own advice before he was in office.
In a statement late Sunday night, McCain praised the man he once called “confusion” and “inexperienced.”
“I am very happy that we finally reached the world’s best terrorist,” McCain said. “The world is a better and fairer place now that Osama bin Laden is no longer in it. I hope that the families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sleep better tonight and every night so knowing that justice has been done. I congratulate the president and his team, and our men and women in uniform and our intelligence professionals to obtain this achievement. “
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