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Obama changes his mind about Osama

 
 
Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 06:22 pm
The question is WHY???

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5520116.ece

Quote:
Barack Obama suggested last night that removing Osama bin Laden from the battlefield was no longer essential and that America's security goals could be achieved merely by 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, 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."


Now he says its NOT our biggest national security priority, nor is it a priority at all.

If he truly feels that way, then how will he respond the next time America is attacked on the scale of 9/11?
 
boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 07:16 pm
I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.” - George W. Bush, 3/13/02
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 07:20 pm
Lemme be sure I understand your point here, Mysteryman.

You are saying that Barak Obama made a promise while campaigning that he may not keep…and you are using the fact that he may not keep one of his campaign promises as evidence that he may somehow abandon America should it be attacked during his presidency.

Does that pretty much sum up your thrust here???
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 07:24 pm
just think, if bush had kept the focus of the war in afghanistan instead of pursuing some crazy war in iraq, bin laden might be dead or captured by now
mysteryman
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 07:43 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Actually, I am more wondering how many more promises Obama plans to break.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 08:20 pm
@mysteryman,
Quote:
Now he says its NOT our biggest national security priority, nor is it a priority at all.

If he truly feels that way, then how will he respond the next time America is attacked on the scale of 9/11?


According to all the emails I've received over the last two years, he's a Muslim and used the Koran to take his oath of office for his senate seat. So, if America is attacked again, according to those emails, he'll probably grab the Koran, run to the Oval office and then turn toward Mecca, kneel and give praise to Allah.
Foofie
 
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Reply Thu 15 Jan, 2009 09:50 pm
@mysteryman,
mysteryman wrote:

Actually, I am more wondering how many more promises Obama plans to break.


I never thought of his campaign promises as promises. I thought of them as just good sales closers.

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mysteryman
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 05:10 pm
@boomerang,
And if you bother to look thru my old posts, you will see that I criticized Bush for saying that.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 05:22 pm
Perhaps he has more information, now that he's the President-Elect and is receiving briefings about all of this stuff.

Who'd of thunk it?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 05:27 pm
Or maybe it is a ruse designed to lure Osama out of hiding so the unmanned drone operators can have some target practice.
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maporsche
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 05:31 pm
I do think it's kind of funny thinking back about all the people who said over and over and over that we should go after Osama when Bush was in the white house. That quote about Osama not being important was used against the republicans here repeatedly.

And one more time...now that Obama has said it, I'm hearing that it's no problem.
mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 02:02 pm
@DrewDad,
So is it possible that Bush had more info then his detractors, and made his decisions based on that info?
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 02:06 pm
@maporsche,
Gosh! Another first. Partisans being biased.

I’m sure you’ve never seen a Republican or a conservative stoop to that level…right, maporsche???

edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 02:10 pm
Every polititian I can think of says things they change, once an election is over with. I hope Obama has the foresight and courage to shorten that fisaco in Afghanistan.
mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 02:12 pm
@edgarblythe,
How can he do that if he is going to send more troops to Afghanistan?
After all, that is what he said he is going to do.
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Zippo
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 02:28 pm
@Butrflynet,
Quote:
"...according to those emails"


"75% of Americans believe almost everything that they read " be it in the newspaper, on a website or scribbled on the wall by a urinal..."

http://www.randomperspective.com/page.asp?1news/3/022

You must me one of those unlucky folks. Laughing
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 04:32 pm
@mysteryman,
mysteryman wrote:

So is it possible that Bush had more info then his detractors, and made his decisions based on that info?

I never had a problem with Bush's claim that he wasn't worried about Osama Bin Laden. IMO, Americans' obsession with Bin Laden just gives him credibility.

We should just treat him like the insane criminal he is, and stop offering him the limelight.
mysteryman
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 04:36 pm
@DrewDad,
Nice answer, but that isnt the whole answer.

Do you accept that Bush had more and better info then his detractors when he ordered the invasion of Iraq, or when he made any other of the countless decisions he has ben attacked for making?
old europe
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 04:39 pm
@mysteryman,
mysteryman wrote:
Do you accept that Bush had more and better info then his detractors when he ordered the invasion of Iraq, or when he made any other of the countless decisions he has ben attacked for making?


When it comes to the WMD, I accept that his detractors had better information than Bush when he ordered the invasion of Iraq.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 04:41 pm
@mysteryman,
Have you answered Frank's question yet? Will you answer Frank's question?

Straight up, not some twisted variation of his question.

 

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