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Barack Obama: it is no longer essential to kill Osama bin Laden (in-your-face flip-flop?)
Times of London ^ | Tom Baldwin

Posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:56 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

arack Obama: it is no longer essential to kill Osama bin Laden

Tom Baldwin in Washington

Barack Obama last night suggested that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America's security goals could be achieved by merely keeping al-Qaeda "on the run".

"My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him," he said. "But if we have so tightened the noose that he's in a cave somewhere and can't even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America."

His comments, in a CBS interview last night, represent a significant watering down of the "dead or alive" policy pursued by President Bush since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. They also appear to contradict Mr Obama's own statements made in the election campaign.

As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

But yesterday, the President-elect adopted far less aggressive language, saying his "number one priority" was to protect America from further attack.

"I think that we have to so weaken [bin Laden's] infrastructure that, whether he is technically alive or not, he is so pinned down that he cannot function," he said. "And I'm confident that we can keep them on the run and ensure that they cannot train terrorists to attack our homeland."

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bhogwot; binladen; husseinobama; manhunt; obama; obamabinladen; osamaobama; weakling; wot
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1 posted on 01/14/2009 9:02:56 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

man, that sounds eerily familiar. who else do i know that said that?


2 posted on 01/14/2009 9:04:36 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: TigerLikesRooster

what a woos


3 posted on 01/14/2009 9:04:40 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Good Morning Mr & Mrs Scooter and All The Ships At Sea)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

He’s already dead, Mr. Soon-to-be-tool-President.


4 posted on 01/14/2009 9:04:52 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: TigerLikesRooster; All

So in other words, he is going to do the same thing President Bush did. Man these hypocrites would be laughable, if the stakes, our very existence, weren’t so high.


5 posted on 01/14/2009 9:10:24 PM PST by notdownwidems (Shellback, pollywogs! U.S.S. William H. Standley, CG-32)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

i can’t wait for 0 to f up!


6 posted on 01/14/2009 9:10:59 PM PST by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

What? Hillary “can’t find a 7foot man hiding in Pakistan” after all?


7 posted on 01/14/2009 9:11:21 PM PST by blueplum
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To: blueplum

hmm, that is not change.


8 posted on 01/14/2009 9:12:54 PM PST by television is just wrong
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To: blueplum
"What? Hillary “can’t find a 7foot man hiding in Pakistan” after all?"

I thought Hillary was the 7' man.

9 posted on 01/14/2009 9:13:23 PM PST by montyspython (Love that chicken from Popeye's)
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To: blueplum

Why would Hillary be looking for a man?


10 posted on 01/14/2009 9:13:53 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It might have meant something a few years ago. Now? who knows. It would probably be a little victory at the most but that would be something at least. It sure would feel good to see him swinging from the gallows poll.


11 posted on 01/14/2009 9:16:57 PM PST by RC one
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“But if we have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America.”

Obama’s ignorance is showing. As in how do we know if we have him confined to a cave somewhere if we do not know where he is? This guy is scary.


12 posted on 01/14/2009 9:17:08 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: GodfearingTexan
man, that sounds eerily familiar. who else do i know that said that?

Indeed.

More evidence of the DNC/MSM slandering President Bush, our missions in two war theaters, our military, therefore, aiding the enemy.....all for votes.

UnAmerican bastards!
13 posted on 01/14/2009 9:17:40 PM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
This can't be..

He is plagiarizing President Bush????

Looks like to me, unlike Kerry..who flipped around like a whirly bird during the election...Barry took notes and waited until he got the nomination to start flip-flopping.

(Although, if you listened to all the “Hope and Change” baloney from the beginning of his campaign, he flipped around several times.)

14 posted on 01/14/2009 9:18:30 PM PST by berdie
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Yes, I’m sure there’s a cabinet position you’d like him to fill.


15 posted on 01/14/2009 9:21:25 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: GodfearingTexan

Bush last night on Larry King.


16 posted on 01/14/2009 9:23:53 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This guy started out with “change” then he appointed enough Clintonistas that he looked like Clinton III. Now his foreign policy looks like GW III.


17 posted on 01/14/2009 9:25:41 PM PST by When do we get liberated? ((Ok, Im the official Pit Bull Defender/If you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
November 17, 2008

Catching or killing Osama bin Laden will be one of the key targets of Barack Obama's administration as it is "critical" to American national security, the US president-elect confirmed last night.
In his first televised interview since his historic election, Mr Obama made good on his rhetoric from the campaign trail that the hunt for bin Laden would remain top priority for the US.

18 posted on 01/14/2009 9:25:58 PM PST by smokingfrog (Never underestimate the influence of a wife who bitch-slaps her husband in public.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This man (Obama) is nutter than a pecan pie.


19 posted on 01/14/2009 9:29:48 PM PST by jarofants
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To: mplsconservative

if Hilary looking for Rahmbo?
WOW,did he get a real MSM pass on his “vacation” to Africa-you never heard one word from them about his comings or goings.
Not even Drudge announced his return to the States-did he actually return?
Maybe Hitlery will find him in the halls of the WH


20 posted on 01/14/2009 9:29:53 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Good Morning Mr & Mrs Scooter and All The Ships At Sea)
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To: smokingfrog
Leave Barry in a free-talking mode, and he will talk for talking’s sake and you won't believe how incoherent he gets.
21 posted on 01/14/2009 9:30:56 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: jarofants

I agree, what a DA.


22 posted on 01/14/2009 9:33:45 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: When do we get liberated?
Yep, He evidently had a breifing from the Men in Black helicopters and saw the light

I heard he may be backing off on the idea to close the Gitmo Hilton as well

23 posted on 01/14/2009 9:37:35 PM PST by KTM rider (keep thy powder dry, gird thy loins, and brace for the winds of change)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I heard John Batchelor on the Curtis Sliwa Show tonight. It seems Tehran had a meeting this weekend and had given the go ahead to send small rockets from Lebanon into Israel. BO has been negotiating with Hamas for months. And OBL’s tape message was to BO. The tape said, “We think your a Muslim....Pull out of Iraq and the Middle East...And you’ll have a successful Presidency...If you don’t your an apostate and your Presidency will be a disaster.”

Batchelor said, “We are leaving Iraq and the Middle East.”
Link to his own article about this and more. Click the link and then using the top info bar after the word Home, click What’s News Tonight for his article.
http://www.wabcradio.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.johnbatchelorshow.com


24 posted on 01/14/2009 9:38:10 PM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT

I doubt Hillary gives 2 cents about Rahm. He’s under the bus to cool off and reappear later


25 posted on 01/14/2009 9:43:51 PM PST by mplsconservative (-22 degrees. The number of college degrees I'd give Algore on the subject of global warming)
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To: RC one

“swinging from the gallows poll.”

Poll?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFCeKJhojG0


26 posted on 01/14/2009 9:51:58 PM PST by HerrBlucher
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The rally cry for all progressivist/socialist/communist thinkers, comedians, pundits, politicians, and artists: America is to blame for 9-11 not our enemies.

Moveon.org began in earnest within a short time of 9-11.


27 posted on 01/14/2009 10:01:56 PM PST by egannacht
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Jan 21: Obama pardons Ossama


28 posted on 01/14/2009 10:13:34 PM PST by GeronL (sanity prone freeper)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Looks like Obama is secretly planning his withdrawal from Afghanistan, which IMHO will begin before the midterm elections. Once the US is out of the WOT, 0bama can begin with his dream of dismantling the US military.


29 posted on 01/14/2009 10:24:09 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: mplsconservative
Why would Hillary be looking for a man?

my comment was an off-hand reference to Hillary's criticism of President Bush for not finding OBL in which she referenced OBL's height.

Best regards, blu

30 posted on 01/14/2009 10:24:46 PM PST by blueplum
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Whatever happened to his old “Why, aaaaahm gonna go there and personally kick that somb*tch from one cave to another so help me, then aaahm gonna kill him with may own gun!” campaign rhetoric?

What's happening is the Obamanites are laying the ground work for declaring the WOT and the Iraq/Afghanistan wars as over and done (albeit NOT won) — this so they can free up as much free money as possible for their cornucopia of socialist spending programs commencing on 21-Janury.

31 posted on 01/14/2009 10:29:32 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (The committed will surely dominate the complacent.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
As recently as October 7, in a presidential debate, Mr Obama said: "We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

But yesterday, the President-elect adopted far less aggressive language...."I think that we have to so weaken [bin Laden's] infrastructure that, whether he is technically alive or not, he is so pinned down that he cannot function,"

I'm sure the American media will be juxtaposing these two statements. Any day now.

32 posted on 01/14/2009 10:34:35 PM PST by denydenydeny (If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time-OS Card)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This “change” of Obama’s position on the fact that is not necessary to kill or capture Obama now is not the “change” we ‘hoped’ for.

Hey suckers. How do you feel now about your fearless leader?


33 posted on 01/14/2009 11:56:52 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: TigerLikesRooster
0bama said killing Osama bin Laden was "critical to stopping Al Quada"
Obama on Osama: Capture or Kill Bin Laden Critical Youtube

I guess ... not so much now.

34 posted on 01/14/2009 11:59:48 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Susan Rice says "First of all 0bama will try to kill Osama bin Laden..."

Barack Obama advisor: 'We'll try to kill Osama bin Laden' about 2:56 into the video

35 posted on 01/15/2009 12:15:17 AM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye

imagined if bush said something like this, there be outrage and ridicule for engaging in a phoney war on terrorism for political purposes


36 posted on 01/15/2009 12:21:04 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: TigersEye
Here is the interview to go with the video linked in #34.

OBAMA ON CBS: BIN LADEN MUST BE CAUGHT

37 posted on 01/15/2009 12:21:04 AM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; KTM rider; When do we get liberated?
His comments, in a CBS interview last night, represent a significant watering down of the "dead or alive" policy pursued by President Bush since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

No, they represent an exact copy of Bush's policy since about 2002.

Yep, He evidently had a briefing from the Men in Black helicopters and saw the light

Yes, there has to be some underlying reason, that can't be announced publicly, for why we can't go after bin Laden (or prefer not to).

We could all guess about what some of these reasons might be, but maybe that would fall under "Loose Lips".

38 posted on 01/15/2009 12:21:44 AM PST by wideminded
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To: 4rcane

I seem to recall some tough talk from Zer0 about getting Osama at the Saddleback debate. Haven’t found that yet.


39 posted on 01/15/2009 12:22:13 AM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye
DNC acceptance speech "We must take out Osama bin Laden..."

DNC 2008: Barack's acceptance Speech: Osama Bin Laden

What a phony baloney.

40 posted on 01/15/2009 12:25:26 AM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye
Olberdork slobbering over "0bama promises renewed committment to go after bin Laden." Nov. 11th

Obama To Renew Hunt For bin Laden

41 posted on 01/15/2009 12:32:41 AM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Again leave it to the UK papers to report our legitimate news.


42 posted on 01/15/2009 2:41:45 AM PST by rod1
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To: mplsconservative

since Rahmbo is in hiding away from the MSM
doesn’t it make you think he’s twice as guilty
in his participation of the Blago senate seat selling?

It’s too quiet for my comfort. My guess he’s hiding out
to keep his major involvement to a MSM minimum.


43 posted on 01/15/2009 4:47:39 AM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him," he said. "But if we have so tightened the noose that he's in a cave somewhere and can't even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America."

Hold on just a daggum minute there, hoss. protecting America is simply a 'goal'?

A GOAL?????

Man, that's your job, not just a goal. If you fail to protect the United States of America, then you have failed your job, not merely missed meeting a goal, you numskull.

NOW I'M ANGRY.

This idiot still isn't qualified, from a skills and experience POV, to be President. Forget the natural born citizen thing for a minute, Obama is a failure before he even takes the oath of office.

44 posted on 01/15/2009 5:15:59 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Obama/Osama. So interchangeable.


45 posted on 01/15/2009 5:21:01 AM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (The Big 3 Auto Makers - Where Attention to Kwality is Jobe Won.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The Muslim connections is slowing beginning to show?


46 posted on 01/15/2009 5:23:32 AM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: GeronL

Let him -then All Heck will break loose!


47 posted on 01/15/2009 5:24:38 AM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Osama Bin Ladin must not be allowed to die of old age! WE, the United States, must kill him.


48 posted on 01/15/2009 5:58:11 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Not surprised. I wonder what other muslim terrorists he’s going to protect.


49 posted on 01/15/2009 6:54:33 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: berdie

” This can’t be..

He is plagiarizing President Bush????

Looks like to me, unlike Kerry..who flipped around like a whirly bird during the election...Barry took notes and waited until he got the nomination to start flip-flopping.

(Although, if you listened to all the “Hope and Change” baloney from the beginning of his campaign, he flipped around several times.) “

And nary a word will be spoken by the MSM on this flip-flop until someone starts selling:

Obamas and Kerrys - a new line of footwear (flip flops)


50 posted on 01/15/2009 7:01:41 AM PST by patriotspride
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