Obama’s Shameless ‘Bin Laden’ Campaign Ad Draws Fire From Left And Right

Posted on May 5, 2012 by

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Veterans for a Strong America released this must-see video challenging Obama for claiming credit for the work of the SEALs and then exploiting their victory for his own political purposes:

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The Obama campaign recently released a disgusting ad in which Obama claims credit for the “gutsy” call to strike Bin Laden and then implies that Romney would have let him go.  That’s drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.

From CBS News:

Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of the The Huffington Post, called the Obama campaign’s decision to tout the assassination of Osama bin Laden in a campaign advertisement “despicable.” The ad questions whether presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

“I don’t think there should be an ad about that,” Huffington said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “I think it’s one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”

The retired commander of the USS Cole calls the ad “disgusting”:

Retired Commander of the USS Cole, Kirk Lippold is unhappy with President Obama’s decision to politicize the killing of Osama bin Laden. “This whole thing of even putting out that ad, to me is just disgusting because you are politicizing a national security decision,” Lippold said during an interview with The Daily Caller on the one-year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing.

“Any president that was put in that position would have probably made the difficult choice,” he said. “I don’t care what political stripe they are, they would have done it.”

Lippold, who commanded the USS Cole when it was attacked by al-Qaeda during a 2000 refueling stop in the Gulf of Aden, has  substantive reasons for opposing the Obama ad: “I lived with the consequences of the disconnected national security policy between two administrations,” he said, “and I do not like to see national security decisions or events politicized to try to score political points during a presidential election year.”

Lippold credited President Obama with making the right call, but also added that “spiking the football like we are seeing done right now, I think is inappropriate.”

Read more at the Daily Caller

Even the SEALs are appalled:

Serving and former US Navy SEALs have slammed President Barack Obama for taking the credit for killing Osama bin Laden and accused him of using Special Forces operators as ‘ammunition’ for his re-election campaign.

The SEALs spoke out to MailOnline after the Obama campaign released an ad entitled ‘One Chance’.

In it President Bill Clinton is featured saying that Mr Obama took ‘the harder and the more honourable path’ in ordering that bin Laden be killed. The words ‘Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?’ are then displayed.

Besides the ad, the White House is marking the first anniversary of the SEAL Team Six raid that killed bin Laden inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan with a series of briefings and an NBC interview in the Situation Room designed to highlight the ‘gutsy call’ made by the President.   […]

Ryan Zinke, a former Commander in the US Navy who spent 23 years as a SEAL and led a SEAL Team 6 assault unit, said: ‘The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not overly pat myself on the back for making the right call.

‘I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort.’

Mr Zinke, who is now a Republican state senator in Montana, added that MR Obama was exploiting bin Laden’s death for his re-election bid. ‘The President and his administration are positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition. It was predictable.’

Read more at the Daily Mail

Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center says the ad is “appalling”:

“The [Navy] Seals have complained, even Arianna Huffington [has complained],” Gainor notes. “When you’re the lib and you lose Arianna Huffington on your side, you’ve gone too far.”

The MRC spokesman continues: “We took down the bad guy. I’m happy to give Obama credit for that; he was the guy in charge when it happened. But to claim that Romney would not have done it, [to] raise questions about is disgusting.”

But even more disgusting, according to Gainor, is what former President Bill Clinton said in the ad about Mr. Obama: “Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn’t been Bin Laden. Suppose they’d been captured or killed. The downside would’ve been horrible for him.”

“No,” says Gainor. ” It would’ve been bad for the military people; it would’ve been bad for the country.  Bad for Obama’s politics? Who cares?  That is the mindset of the left that everything is a political advantage — not what’s done for your country.”

Read more at One News Now

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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