President politicizing Bin Laden's death?
Author Pat Buchanan reacts
- Duration 9:48
- Date May 2, 2012
Author Pat Buchanan reacts
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Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the day that the brave men -- seal team six delivered justice -- Osama bin Laden and for the past several days President Obama and his reelection spin machine.
Well they've been -- a victory lap glossing over who the real heroes are and last night it literally took him around the world to Afghanistan.
But a -- political ad put out by veterans for a strong America is highlighting the difference between heroism and politics let's watched us.
Some of -- -- and has been.
-- -- be no parades they've already gone back into the shadows on the outside world even knowing the -- Support our director Leon Panetta I was briefed.
We are determined at my direction my home presents our -- by us better team.
We don't you despite the football lesson that I yeah.
-- navy -- on and there are suppose they've been captured or killed.
The -- I would.
This one of the most despicable things.
-- -- Wow I don't think the difference could be any clearer and as President Obama continues to pat himself on the back again and again -- -- -- words are coming back to haunt him.
Let's listen what he said back in 2006.
I have had enough.
-- using terrorism.
As a wedge issue and our policy.
I don't know about you but I think that the war against terrorism.
You just got to -- prop up between September and November copy.
And if that seems to -- the a sudden urgency.
About this whole thing -- months before an election every other year.
I -- wonder how team Obama's gonna trying to spin this one joining me now with reaction the author of the New York Times best seller -- pop suicide of -- superpower Patrick.
-- no question about it Sean what -- president onstage -- she did was take a 141000 mile round trip to Afghanistan.
Basically to put a -- -- on what was a national victory.
And to -- something of an end zone dance to revive the issue of the -- heroism.
Let's seal team six and -- -- for partisan advantage it was crash in which exploit table.
And I think it's gonna backfire because it was so transparent.
Yet I get it it's look at -- how powerful those Santa as he's -- a former joint chiefs.
-- he's he's come out against them many Navy SEALs look at what this ad says heroes don't seek credit heroes don't spike the football.
Heroes don't politicize act a -- they put their lives on the line.
Here's the front cover of the New York Post today reads Cotton Bowl and it says Obama spikes bin Laden football now Obama said.
Back a year ago he was up for reelection then.
And their memory used in that context -- we can't incite the the -- the Arab world in the Islamic world.
Byte by showing pictures of -- bin Laden.
You know the president said back -- about not spiking the football.
Trot out this stuff as trophies.
Media over the fact of the matter is this was somebody who was.
Deserving of the justice that he received.
And I think the Americans and people around the world.
Are glad that he's gone.
But we don't need to spike the football.
I am I mean -- -- -- does anybody there they weren't pretty Smart campaign Patrick 2008.
I gotta wonder sometimes -- anybody think this through that this is a potential outcome and that's.
What what you just have that last -- by President Obama was President Obama as president of the United States leader the American people should look this is not a partisan issue.
Not a divisive issue these were American heroes and I gave the order but they carried it out -- it's an American victory.
Now he is trying to leap on this -- -- partisan standpoint it make -- a Democratic Party victory exploited.
It is very crash and the great asset the president has is.
The Oval Office the presidency of the United States he is diminishing that by using events which are national events.
As partisan event -- I was in the White House from Richard Nixon ordered the Sante raid.
-- Simon went in there twenty miles outside of -- tore into those prison.
And it was terrible that we're no prisoners there but they killed a couple of hundred of these -- of the Vietnamese.
It was a heroic thing he didn't take partisan credit for that it wasn't it was an American event him and I think.
The president turned himself.
You know pat I would make in this case for a long time and I know some of your former -- colleagues.
That you were very close to one point my dad took a lot of issue with this.
But here's the reality and we're gonna have this issue this discussion about -- -- we need to have the whole discussion.
And the reality is that we -- Jose Rodriguez and he was a guy that led the enhanced interrogation technique efforts.
Abu zubaydah Khalid Sheikh Mohammed he knows the intelligence that we got we -- on this program this week.
He could not have been more clear without the IT without rendition without black sites without getting well we don't have the intelligence.
For the president to make the decision to -- didn't seal -- sex so -- this discussion let's put it out in the open here.
He was wrong and we -- -- gotten bin Laden.
But for the bush policies that he opposed.
Well I think that's -- didn't -- getting bin Laden who was a process that took a long long time.
Again let me go back connection briefly Richard Nixon in 1969 was out in the Pacific when the -- went to the moon.
But Johnson had done a tremendous part in this Kennedy had been the greatest part of course was -- national -- themselves.
But again -- what -- -- and it suggests a real desperation is campaigning.
An effort -- -- an event which is a very positive event for all Americans.
And just say this was meet this was us this is what we -- -- Democrats didn't know why does.
When it was -- -- came out there and Afghanistan the did it.
I and so we're -- reality comes in he was wrong on the policies that gave us the intelligence.
Fabulous in -- Joseph Biden he says OK so bin Laden's dead and GM is still.
-- if you well they're they're still in business.
Now -- investors business daily today.
Comes out with a piece and I read it.
GM in GM AC still all the taxpayers of this country are over 35 million dollars.
So it's going to be able to tell those in the those jurors to things he's touting as his success.
Does -- story get to be told -- mad and does that.
Backfire on him well I think is some militia that GM's stock.
Could tell you that pop up -- -- want to look back.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And -- tip I'm glad you James kept alive and all of that but but look again.
Didn't what do what do -- Biden do this shouldn't turn this into an us vs -- thing we did -- he didn't.
Think this mission -- stupid politically -- -- you -- when you have something like that to depression what is associated with.
And made the call and said go ahead it was a gutsy call.
What did you just stand back and let people credit show what you did pick -- exactly alike well important to these problems they're the ones -- did the job fellas let's applaud him.
You're married you have on this -- last question so.
Side of the superpower.
Is if in fact Barack Obama -- to get reelected.
You -- if we -- at the end of four years would have six trillion in new debt and in all likelihood of very close to that we have over five trillion in new Obama that.
We see what he's under the economy we see he's adopted the Western European socialist model -- -- you see that country headed if he gets reelected.
Barack -- reelected we're gonna have a Republican House -- May lose a few -- the senate we may pick up the Republicans may pick up a couple she's.
What we will have is the same deadlocked for four years.
Think we've had for almost the last year Sean.
In if that happens and it's going to.
-- happen because they're not gonna get together.
If that happens we are Spain we are in Italy we are Greece I think you'll have a real international.
The economic crisis because these two folks can't get together the one hope you got I think.
Is a Republican president Republican senate Republican House so you -- got two years to make the cut you promised to make now do it -- throw you out.
All right and do you think that W thing Romney wins at this point.
I think -- I'm I think Mitt Romney's got a far better chance than folks believe but I do think people are coming around the idea.
-- Barack Obama is not necessarily a winner and one of the reasons is the -- campaign that was revealed.
And what he did in Afghanistan and -- said Patrick Jamie Kennedy good to see you sir.
Good to -- my friend and coming up yet.