With both campaigns set to hawk it up on issues of overseas military adventures, the extent to which foreign policy is going to enter into the November election is likely to be small. Still, the Obama Administration is looking to make one “success” a central election issue: the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
A new campaign video for the president cheers his “leadership” in ordering Osama bin Laden assassinated, and insists that Mitt Romney would not, citing past reports from Romney saying that it wasn’t worth “moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
In the 2007 interview, Romney went on to say that bin Laden’s death would be welcomed but that he would be quickly replaced, while insisting that America was at war with “millions of people” in a global effort and that required a comprehensive strategy.
While Romney’s statements were meant to position himself as even more hawkish than those calling simply for bin Laden’s death, the Obama Administration seems keen to portray it as a sign of insufficient hawkishness.
Still, Romney’s prediction was right in one regard, as analysts are saying that one year later his death actually has done very little to al-Qaeda as an organization.