The politics of the Bin Laden anniversary
'Special Report' All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 4:06
- Date May 1, 2012
'Special Report' All-Star panel weighs in
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The president -- success and think he has every right to I had to take credit for him having that -- that had that attack witnessing at the same time.
I think it was very disappointing.
-- for the president to try and make this a political item by suggesting.
But I wouldn't have ordered such -- such a rate of course I would have any.
Any that any American.
Any thinking American would have -- exactly the same thing.
Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney talking about them.
Politics around the bin Laden killing anniversary.
Chuck what about this and is there a point at which.
There's a backlash here.
There is we don't know exactly where it is though and I think for every voter it's a little bit different.
So present has -- be -- -- careful not to overdo it.
We'll have to see whether this is just something for the anniversary.
Or whether something they're gonna keep doing all year long in which case I think he.
Is running a little bit of risk you know there is an irony here he's criticizing Mitt Romney for not wanted to do this raid but his own vice president.
Joseph Biden has gone public saying he didn't want to do the rate infected by the president.
Not to -- to race.
So we had -- if there was ever anything that would convince you do it well that mine and I can't remember what happened but.
You know he's trying to make a case of -- was totally you know.
Off the reservation by even thinking don't do it and yet his own number two the same view.
I want you have it Arianna Huffington who's not that well known conservative.
-- -- doesn't usually come from that point of view but she said there's no way to know that Romney would have.
I've not made that decision -- and to speculate he wouldn't is not the way to run a campaign.
Well I you know to my mind this is politics we are any political season I think the official.
Starting date for the -- -- as we said -- we've been in the political season now for some time.
And the fact is that Mitt Romney when he was running in 07 said you know what it's not worth moving heaven and earth to catch one person.
That was what he said.
And then you had people like Hillary Clinton chastising Barack Obama for saying he would go into Pakistan to get.
Osama -- saying it publicly wanna -- a big contact currently -- running their politicians yeah yeah he said it publicly.
And he -- that was the criticisms that he said it publicly not that he wouldn't have done.
I was eight at that time -- and they were running for office and they -- laying down who markers as to who they were especially in the aftermath from the fact that President Bush.
Who was a clear strong advocate of going after al-Qaeda had been unable to get bin Laden.
Right but you acknowledge that you can not say something on the campaign trail but yet do it privately.
Correct remember that -- Mitt Romney changes his position and says of course I would go in and get him and so now in this political season and again.
I understand the politics I understand why the Obama campaign is bring -- understand -- they had Bill Clinton.
Hawking this now in a video.
For political reasons but again to me there is an element of appearing -- -- All right I want to play this really quickly a former Defense Secretary Bob gates is is right after.
The bin Laden raid talking about intelligence.
A week ago Sunday in the situation room we all agreed that -- we would not release any operational details from.
The effort to take out bin Laden.
That all fell apart on Monday.
The next day.
Steve there there has been a lot of concern about that the fact that intelligence actually wasn't.
Fully mind because it was -- out.
Yeah and I agree with Secretary Gates as it relates to the operational.
Details of of the -- but I would actually make the opposite argument -- in a broader context.
I think we should be declassify everything that we can't without affecting operational our operational ability.
And that we got in the compound in about a bad I think we should declassify intelligence that led us to get.
-- -- -- we've been having this national debate now for a decade about.
I'm from the way we gather intelligence the way -- carrying this could clear up a lot if they would declassify these documents.