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Sure, George Bush and Dick Cheney talked tough. But what did we get? More terrorist attacks on Americans. An illegal war in Iraq that only stirred up more hatred against the United States. A network of secret prisons and the presidentially approved use of torture — which, again, only resulted in more terrorism, not less.
President Obama, by contrast, never talked like a Texas sheriff. Never bragged about “bringing 'im back, dead or alive.” He just went out and did it.
Not so long ago, Chris Wallace of Fox News suggested that President Obama’s heart “wasn’t really into winning the war on terror.” The evidence shows just the opposite. Under Obama, there have been more high-value terrorists killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan than under Bush. The influence of the senior leadership of al Qaeda and the Taliban has been seriously weakened. And, most importantly, Obama accomplished in two years what Bush could not get done in seven: the elimination of Osama bin Laden.
This was Barack Obama’s personal mission. Unlike Bush, who forgot about bin Laden, Obama made his capture or killing a priority from day one. He gave the CIA orders to make it the agency's No. 1 mission. Once bin Laden’s whereabouts were discovered, Obama convened five meetings of this National Security Council to review plans for the attack. He approved the plan on Friday morning, April 29. He gave the final green light on Sunday morning. And he talked about it — for the first time — only on Sunday night, and only after the mission was accomplished.
Yes, Osama bin Laden has been hunted down and killed. It’s a great day for America and a great day for the world. Thanks to a great job by the CIA, by the Navy SEALs — and by President Obama.
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