Thursday, January 12, 2012


One of Willard's many outrageously false accusations against President Obama is that Obama "appeases" our enemies. This is so utterly false as to border on lunacy. From Jake Tapper at ABC News, here, a list of Obama's successes in the war against our enemies:

There’s Osama bin Laden, of course, killed in May.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Anwar al-Awlaki as of today. 

Earlier this month officials confirmed that al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed in Waziristan, Pakistan. 

In August, ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of al Qaeda was killed. 

In June, one of the group’s most dangerous commanders, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in Pakistan.

In Yemen that same month, AQAP senior operatives Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan were killed. 

In Somalia, Al-Qa’ida in East Africa (AQEA) senior leader Harun Fazul was killed. 

Administration officials also herald the recent U.S./Pakistani joint arrest of Younis al-Mauritani in Quetta. 

Going back to August 2009, Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud was killed in Pakistan. 

In September of that month, Jemayah Islamiya operational planner Noordin Muhammad Top was killed in Indonesia, and AQEA planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was killed in Somalia. 

Then in December 2009 in Pakistan, al Qaeda operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and ‘Abdallah Sa’id were killed. 

In February 2010, in Pakistan, Taliban deputy and military commander Abdul Ghani Beradar was captured; Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani was killed; and Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar was killed.

In March 2010, al Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni was killed in Pakistan, while senior Jemayah Islamiya operative Dulmatin - accused of being the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings – was killed during a raid in Indonesia. 

In April 2010, al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed. 

In May, al Qaeda’s number three commander, Sheik Saeed al-Masri was killed.

In June 2010 in Pakistan, al Qaeda commander Hamza al-Jawfi was killed. 

Remember when Rudy Giuliani warned that electing Barack Obama would mean that the U.S. played defense, not offense, against the terrorists? 

If this is defense, what does offense look like?

And of course Obama has enormously increased the number of drone strikes, and has in fact drawn criticism that he is using drones far too aggressively, if anything. Romney is simply repeating the same kind of lies that the hate-soaked Tea Party lunatics shout out constantly. Oh, and a note from  Fox "News", back in October:

When the first-term senator won the presidency, questions lingered about his readiness to handle national security matters.

Yet Obama has received wide praise for operations that have killed terrorist leaders, most notably Usama bin Laden in May, and Anwar al-Awlaki on Friday. Al-Awlaki, an American citizen targeted in the U.S. drone attack, was deemed by the administration as having a "significant operational role" in terrorist plots. They included two nearly catastrophic attacks on U.S.-bound planes, an airliner on Christmas 2009 and cargo planes last year.

Obama also can claim credit for aiding Libyan rebels in ousting Muammar Qaddafi, for supporting other democratic uprisings in the Arab world, for drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for negotiating a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. 

Oh, and one of the people who praised Obama for killing terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki said, according to the article above, that he "commended the president for his efforts to keep Americans safe and said al-Awlaki's death was a 'major victory' in the terrorism fight." 

That was said by Willard. You know, the guy who said Obama is "appeasing" our enemies.

But hey, that was three months back. Everyone knows Willard's statements have a much shorter expiration date than that.

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