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Trump Gets No Credit for Ordering Daring Baghdadi Raid that Biden Wouldn’t Have

Where are all the stories, like we had when Barack Obama offed Osama Bin Laden, about how the president courageously took the decision — a militarily and politically risky one — to kill Public Enemy #1? Where are the stories about how he deliberated, whom he asked, how he overrode the objections of the bellyachers? About how he threw politics to the wind to do

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Obama Took Osama Out of Context

Now this is fascinating. President Obama Thursday deceptively took Osama Bin Laden’s words out of context to help make a point about how al Qaeda is on its knees and we can curtail our use of drones – and start winding down the rest of the War on Terror. Or what’s apparently now “The War on a Couple of Remaining Terrorists.” The deception was uncovered

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Rice Allegedly Helped Thwart Effort that May have Prevented 1998 Africa Embassy Bombings

Writing in 2003, a former U.S. diplomat accused current UN Ambassador Susan Rice of helping thwart intelligence gathering that might have uncovered and prevented the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The attacks killed hundreds of people, including 12 Americans, and helped al Qaeda gain confidence in its ability to target the United States. Rice is said to be on

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Blogger’s Head Explodes

I was in the East Room yesterday, listening to President Obama speak at the unveiling of the official George W. Bush portrait, and that’s when it happened: My head exploded. I felt terrible. I mean, it hurt, yes, but mostly I was just mortified. The General Services Administration had to come in and clean everything up. I’m pretty sure some of it got on the

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Did Obama Risk Letting Bin Laden Slip Away?

Obama’s “gutsy move” took a ten-month gut check, according to former Army Vice Chief of Staff Jack Keane. Have a look. I realize they wanted to be as sure as possible, and gather as much intel as they could. But this seems a very long time to wait. Bin Laden could have left the compound at any time.

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Officials Suggest Timing of Trip Not Due to Raid Anniversary

Senior administration officials are trying to minimize the link between President Obama’s trip today to Afghanistan and the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, saying the timing was “driven” by other factors. According to the pool report from Afghanistan: Senior administration officials said the timing of the trip was driven by the negotiations over the Strategic Partnership Agreement and by the desire

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Obama’s Politicization of Bin Laden Raid May be Backfiring

President Obama’s tactic of campaigning on the killing of Osama Bin Laden appears to be backfiring amid plunging polls and objections from a key Democratic ally and Navy SEALs themselves, whose members executed the operation. Meanwhile, Obama decision to make the killing a political showpiece has galvanized conservatives, who are outraged that an operation that relied partially on work done during the Bush administration and

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Osama Bin Laden Joins the Obama Campaign

Vice President Biden this morning went fishing in the Arabian Sea and retrieved the body of Osama Bin Laden, vowing to take his partially eaten corpse on campaign with him during the 2012 general election. In an overtly political speech in Washington this morning focusing on foreign policy, Biden made no secret that the Obama campaign will use the successful SEAL operation as a political

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Biden on Obama’s Best Moment: Killing Bin Laden

This is some interesting video of Vice President Biden Friday discussing the decision to take out Osama Bin Laden. He talks about how all of Obama’s advisers basically hedged except Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, then the CIA director, who said to go ahead. The account has credibility because Biden admits that the only other definitive answer came from him – but he gave what turned

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Obama on Cloud Nine After Qaddafi Killing

President Obama is pretty pleased following the death of Muammar Qaddafi. It brought back a memory of how excited he was after doing away with Osama Bin Laden in May. Some of you may have forgotten just how psyched he was, so by way of a reminder, here’s some video from the tail end of his East Room remarks announcing the killing.

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Obama Ditches Mao Suit, Dons Epaulets

In 2008, America elected Comrade Obama. He promised to spread the wealth around, to raise taxes on the Kulaks, to usher in hope and change and to improve the condition of the common man. He’d create universal health care and save the environment. Forget all that. The economy is not doing well. The environment for polar bears may be getting better, but the environment for

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