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Credit Where Credit Is Also Due
IBD Editorials ^ | May 2, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 05/02/2011 6:14:50 PM PDT by Kaslin

National Security: The decidedly non-multilateral killing of Osama bin Laden came after a long hunt. President Obama took credit, but it was George W. Bush's detainment and interrogation policies that provided the big break.

The courier was the key. He goes into the history books with the prothonotary warbler, the rare bird that exposed Alger Hiss as a communist spy.

And with Iraq's Tikriti tribe, the source of the breakthrough that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

And with David Kaczynski, the brother of the Unabomber, whose tip led the FBI to a remote Montana cabin where the convicted mass murderer had a live bomb ready to mail to another unsuspecting victim.

It was in 2007 during the Bush presidency that the U.S. discovered the real name of bin Laden's secret courier. We originally knew of him from captured terrorists held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, who told U.S. interrogators his nom de guerre earlier in Bush's term.

Interrogations revealed the courier to be a protege of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Indeed, it might be that KSM himself, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was the source of the information — perhaps after being waterboarded.

What was Barack Obama doing in 2007? He was complaining in campaign speeches that the Bush administration had failed "to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005."

As it turns out, the Bush administration in 2007 was gathering information that would be used less than four years later to eliminate bin Laden during the Obama presidency.

Then-Sen. Obama promised that "if we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and (then-Pakistani) President Musharraf won't act, we will."

But it was Bush's policies that facilitated the gathering of the actionable intelligence President Obama used.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: osamabinladenkilled

1 posted on 05/02/2011 6:14:51 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Oddly enough, history keeps proving this guy right. How do you like that all you Commie Pinko Leftists?


2 posted on 05/02/2011 6:19:03 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Kaslin
This is not only a vindication of Bush's policies, it is a repudiation of Clinton's. To hear the MSM report it, this happened ten years after 9/11. But, is also happened 18 years after the first WTC attack, and 11 years after the Cole attack. Funny how the MSM doesn't talk about Clinton's failure to capture or kill OBL after eight years.

Or maybe the MSM, by talking about how the WOT started 10 years ago, is admitting that Clinton did nothing about OBL.

3 posted on 05/02/2011 6:20:42 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: Kaslin

Finally something Obama inherited that he’s willing to boast about.


4 posted on 05/02/2011 6:20:46 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The shame of it is, Bush aimed the rifle. Obama said “fire”.

Obama will always be known as the man who killed OBL....


5 posted on 05/02/2011 6:22:13 PM PDT by Snark
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To: Kaslin

OBAMA DID NOTHING!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS REGARD. The CID and military did it. He preached he told his bunch that OBL was top priority. Big freaking deal. OBL had been TOP priority since 9-1-1. Who the heck does he think he is fooling. THE US MILITARY PULLED THIS OFF. THE US MILITARY DID THE WORK. THEY TRAINED. THEY EXECUTED THE MISSION. THE CIA DID THE INTEL. GITMO WORKED!!!!! Obama did NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The the utter slob should not take one bit of the glory. But, his speech was: me, me, me, I, I, I, and my my my. All glory for his stinking muzzie butt. I hope he goes the way of the Dodo bird in Nov 2012.


6 posted on 05/02/2011 6:24:39 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (Read: Ecclesiastes 10:2. The Bible tells you RIGHT is right and left is wrong.)
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To: Kaslin

Not that I would ever vote for the guy, but you have to give Obama credit if he really did order the assassination. I didn’t think he had it in him. Could be the only correct decision he has made so far?


7 posted on 05/02/2011 6:24:41 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601

0bama ordered dinner. This was pulled off despite the Won.


8 posted on 05/02/2011 6:27:57 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Gene Eric; Kaslin

The Sign Says: “President Obama Forgot To Say… Thank You, President Bush!”

SMU students, others gather at George W. Bush’s Dallas home after Osama bin Laden’s death

9 posted on 05/02/2011 6:29:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: wolfman23601
Not that I would ever vote for the guy

The lefties didn't vote for Bush Sr. after the Cold War ended on his watch, so why should we feel obligated to vote for Obama?

but you have to give Obama credit if he really did order the assassination.

I'm with you on that. I agree with little that he's done so far, but he got this right.

10 posted on 05/02/2011 6:35:46 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: wolfman23601; TwelveOfTwenty

Ubama gave the Pentagon “authorization” to proceed with the mission as opposed to, what? Telling them to leave bin Laden alone?
Wow. What an American hero.


11 posted on 05/02/2011 6:42:43 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

BINGO


12 posted on 05/02/2011 6:44:16 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Lancey Howard
This ass can't choose between paper and plastic. I think he was threatened with exposure by a soon to be departed cabinet member.

Meanwhile VJ is leaking info on all the other intel that was captured.

13 posted on 05/02/2011 6:52:47 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: wolfman23601

I went to the gas station today to fill up. It was still $3.90. He gets all the credit.


14 posted on 05/02/2011 7:02:10 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Shut up and eat your Beans!)
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To: screaminsunshine

Yep, concur, there is plenty of misery out there to fry him on, just don’t think it is a good idea to politicize this one, which is what I am seeing on here. He isn’t going to get elected 18 months from now because OBL is dead, but if we act like idiots and advance conspiracy theories he might. It didn’t work for the rats and Kerry and it wont work for us. Let him have this one and we will be back to economic misery by next week.


15 posted on 05/02/2011 7:14:39 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Lazlo in PA

Strange how the truth works out, isn’t it?


16 posted on 05/02/2011 7:34:04 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

It is indeed


17 posted on 05/02/2011 7:35:11 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Snark

It was the navy seals who killed UBL

18 posted on 05/02/2011 7:40:24 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

We really are a nation of idiots if his approval ratings see a bounce.

Who the hell is worried about a supposed terrorist who has been in hiding for a decade?


19 posted on 05/02/2011 7:42:08 PM PDT by riri
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To: RetiredArmy

My feelings exactly. Obama did squat. Lets hear for it for the American military who’s motto is “You can run but you’ll just die tired’’.


20 posted on 05/02/2011 7:54:55 PM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty; wolfman23601

Not one ounce of credit. Not one inch.

I will not forget the past 10 years. Never.

Liberals did everything in their power to obstruct the prosecution of the war, to handicap and demonize our troops, to defund their operations, to cut budgets on intelligence, and where they didn’t cut it, to effectively hamstring it.

Never. I give all the credit to the US military and those intelligence agencies that have been able to continue functioning in spite of the left.

But I will NEVER give any credit to the Left in this. NEVER.


21 posted on 05/02/2011 8:04:47 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: Kaslin

The fact is that if Obama and the rest of the idiot senate Dems had gotten their way, Gitmo and the tough interrogation techniques that eventually gave us OBL would never have happened. We’d still be sending FBI agents to Pakistan to nicely ask the Pakis to find OBL for us.


22 posted on 05/02/2011 10:00:30 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: riri

“a supposed terrorist”?

Bin Laden was a supposed terrorist? Are you serious?

Don’t usually mouth off to long time Freepers but man you gotta be off your meds or something if you don’t think Osama was a terrorist.


23 posted on 05/02/2011 11:20:29 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Lancey Howard; wolfman23601
Ubama gave the Pentagon “authorization” to proceed with the mission as opposed to, what?

As opposed to this?

24 posted on 05/03/2011 1:38:51 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: rlmorel

I understand. The left neither supported nor voted for Bush Sr. after the Soviet Union fell. Why should anyone on the right feel obligated to do otherwise?


25 posted on 05/03/2011 1:39:44 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I get your ire. But I don’t know what to believe anymore. This spectacle is B Movie level. It gets weirder and worse everyday.


26 posted on 05/03/2011 3:39:44 AM PDT by riri
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

Explain what you mean, if you could. It is early, and I don’t understand.


27 posted on 05/03/2011 3:41:25 AM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: rlmorel
I mean, the Soviet Union fell during the Reagan/Bush 1 years, but the left didn't see any obligation to re-elect Bush 1 in 1992. Why should you feel any obligation to vote for Obama solely for getting OBL?
28 posted on 05/03/2011 3:30:25 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

Ah. It WAS too early for me. That is a straightforward statement...thanks for the clarification.


29 posted on 05/03/2011 3:40:04 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: rlmorel
Sure. I think we're going to need it when the lefties ask us to explain why we still don't support Obama’s policies.
30 posted on 05/03/2011 3:43:29 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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